First Edition of John Irving's First Book Setting Free The Bears; Signed by Him
Setting Free the Bears.
Item Number: 1351
New York: Random House, 1968.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by John Irving on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a closed tear to the spine.
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.).