Setting Free the Bears.

  • Setting Free the Bears.
  • Setting Free the Bears.

"Now science has seen to it that monstrous decisions don’t need popular support."


Item Number: 1351

New York: Random House, 1968.

First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original half-red cloth with titles to the spine in gilt. Lengthily inscribed [5 line inscription] by Irving on the half- title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom quarter morocco clamshell box.

With the publication of Setting Free the Bears, the Saturday Review prophetically called Irving "astonishing A writer of uncommon imaginative power. Whatever he writes, it will be worth reading." "Setting Free the Bears is the most nourishing, satisfying comedy I have read in years. I admire the hell out of it" (Kurt Vonnegut Jr.).

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