First Edition of John Irving's Rare First Book Setting Free The Bears; Lengthily Inscribed by Him

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

Setting Free the Bears.


Item Number: 1351

New York: Random House, 1968.

First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed [5 line inscription] by John Irving on the half- title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carl Weiss. Illustration by Robert Dale. Housed in a custom half 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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