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Setting Free the Bears

By Irving, John




This is about the novel; for the organization, see Free the Bears Fund. Setting Free the Bears is the first novel by American author John Irving, published in 1968 by Random House. Irving studied at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna in 1963 and Bears was written between 1965 and 1967 based largely on Irving’s understanding of the city and its rebellious youth of the sixties.


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Setting Free the Bears.

Irving, John

New York: Random House, 1968. First edition of the author's first book. Octavo, original half cloth. Lengthily inscribed [5 line inscription] by Irving on the half- title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. 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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$4,500.00

Setting Free The Bears

Irving, John

Hardcover. Very Good. Signed First edition/first printing Random House 1968.Signed by John Irving on title page. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket. Small crease to inside front flap and small stain to inside rear flap of dust jacket. Faint evidence of tape once havi

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$2,000.00

Setting Free The Bears

Irving, John

New York: Random House, 1968. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. BOOK NEAR FINE/JACKET VERY GOOD+. 8vo - over 7¾"" - 9¾"" tall. Signed by Author. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON a special, decorative bookplate. AN EXTREMELY CLEAN, ATTRACTIVE COPY WITH A BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL DUSTJACKET IN NEW, GLOSSY BRODART. NO PREVIOUS OWNER MARKINGS. BEAUTIFUL, COLLECTIBLE COPY. Stated first printing. Irving's scarce, first novel. Great, collectible copy!

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$1,895.00

Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

New York: Random House. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. Near fine copy of the author's first book. Red cloth backed boards, gilt to spine, red topstain. Inscribed by Irving to title page. Spine ends/corners slightly softened, touch of shelfwear to board edges. Unmarked, tight and square. The unclipped jacket in mylar has some creasing to flaps and edges and tiny closed tear to back panel. This lovely book is housed in a fine custom clamshell case. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Signed by Author .

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$1,749.99

Setting Free the Bears

John Irving

Random House, 1968. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Gorgeous Copy of The Author's First Book. Stated First Edition Fine Copy In Like Jacket. Without Wear.Very Rare Review Copy With Slip and Publicity Photo. Scarce in This Condition..

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$1,500.00

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Setting Free the Bears

IRVING, John

NY: Random House. (1968). The first book by the author of such bestsellers as The World According to Garp and A Prayer for Owen Meany, among others. Unlike his later books which, after Garp, sold literally hundreds of thousand of copies -- millions, if one includes the paperback sales -- this book sold slightly over 6000 copies in two printings. Very near fine in a very near fine dust jacket with some modest mottling to verso, a corner crease to the rear flap and a small price sticker over the original price on the front flap. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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$1,500.00

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Setting Free the Bears

IRVING, John

New York: Random House, 1968. First edition. Hardcover. Hardcover. First edition. Near fine in a very good dust plus dust jacket. Minor toning to the edges of the front and rear panels. Trace of wear at the head and foot of the jacket spine. Price of $5.95 is present on the jacket flap. The author's first book, which has become quite scarce as Irving's popularity has risen. This copy signed by Irving on a laid in bookplate.

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$1,350.00

Setting Free the Bears

John Irving

Random House, 1968. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 1st Edition. Author's Rare First Book. Near Fine copy in a Beautiful Fine Price Clipped Jacket.First Edition Stated.Beautiful Copy..

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$1,295.00

SETTING FREE THE BEARS

Irving, John

New York: Random House, [1968]. First edition. Mild fade along top edges, a nearly fine copy in a nearly fine dust jacket with light shelf wear to head of spine panel with a small nick at the right corner fold. (15142). Octavo, cloth backed boards. The author's first book.

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$1,250.00

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SETTING FREE THE BEARS

IRVING, John

New York: Random House, (1968). First Edition. hardcover. Near Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper. Irving's scarce first book, this the issue in red cloth-backed boards. There was also an issue in full red cloth with the text bulking slightly smaller. No priority has been proven, though the number of cloth-backed copies seems to outnumber greatly the number in full cloth.

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$1,250.00

Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

New York: Random House. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. Red cloth/boards, gilt to spine and red topstain. Stated first printing. Spine ends/topstain slightly toned. Faint offset to endpages. The unclipped jacket in mylar has a crease to flap corner. Unmarked, square copy. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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$1,249.99

Setting Free the Bears

IRVING, John

New York: Random House, 1968. First. hardcover. fine/very good. 8vo, red cloth backed boards, d.w. N.Y.: Random House, (1968). First Edition. The author's first book. The dust wrapper is price-clipped, & has a very small, barely visible damp-stain at the base of the spine, but otherwise intact.

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$1,200.00

Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

New York: Random House, 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing. SIGNED by Irving on the title page and dated in 2011. Endpapers have been professionally replaced, some bumping to the spinal extremities, otherwise this is a clean and tight copy. The dust jacket is bright and near fine with no real problems and it is now protected in an archival cover. Despite the flaws, this is an attractive copy of Iriving's first book.

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$775.00

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Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

New York: Random House, 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First edition. (Stated "First Printing" on copyright page.) 335 p. Very Good+ in about Very Good dust jacket. Clean text and sturdy binding. Gift inscription on ffep. Rubbing and soiling to head and tail cloth; jacket chipped and torn away there as well. Small faint stain to top edge. Some nicks and scrapes along spine panel edges. Old Doubleday bookstore sticker on back panel (can be removed easily). Front panel creased. Price intact ($5.95). The author's rare first book.

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$750.00

Setting free the Bears.

Irving, John.

Random House, 1968. First edition, first printing. Lower front corner lightly bumped, slight sunning to edges, very good to near fine in like dust jacket with two tiny chips and some faint soiling in mylar cover. Inscribed by the author.

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$750.00

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Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

New York: Random House, 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. 335pp. Red cloth backed boards stamped in gold on the spine. Top edge stained red. Slightly bruised spine ends else a fine copy in near fine price-clipped dustjacket with mild edge wear and two diagonal creases to rear flap. The author's first book. ; Octavo.

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$750.00

SETTING FREE THE BEARS

Irving, John

Random A NEAR FINE FIRST EDITION IN DJ.. Book. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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$735.00

SETTING FREE THE BEARS

Irving, John

Random A NEAR FINE FIRST EDITION IN DJ.. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Book.

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$700.00

Setting Free The Bears

IRVING, JOHN

New York: Random House, 1968. First Edition of the author’s first book. Fine in a dust jacket with only the slightest wear.

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$600.00

Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

New York: Random House, 1968. First Printing of the First Edition. HB. Quarter red cloth spine over red paper covered boards, gilt lettering on spine, 8vo, 335 pp. Stated first printing on copyright page. No marks in book, binding tight. Covers show light soiling, small indentation bottom front cover, bottom front corner worn through to boards. In an unclipped ($5.95) dust jacket that shows light soiling, chipping top of spine and at front corners. Book condition VG in VG- DJ.

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$535.00

Setting free the bears

John Irving

Random House, January 1968. First Edition. Hardcover Hardcover. Collectible - Very Good/Very Good. First printing stated. Very Good in like dustjacket. Modest rubbing to corners and spine ends, cloth modestly soiled. The jacket is not price-clipped, has some rubbing at the gutters, one small closed tear at the bottom of the front panel and one at the top of the spine. First Edition

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$475.00

Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

HC, ex-library. First ed., stated First Printing. Good in VG dj in mylar. Corners & bottom board edges bumped & fraying. Light interior soiling. Firm binding. Rare in hardcover.

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$450.00

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Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

New York: Random House, 1968. 1st. Hardcover. First Edition. 8vo. 335 pp. Red quarter cloth spine over red paper covered boards in publisher's color illustrated dustjacket. Red stain on top page edges water spotted;small erasure marks to ffep; minor wear to spine ends; else near fine in very good dustjacket (wear to extremities; 4 tape repairs over short closed tears at spine ends). The author's first novel was written between 1965 and 1967 based largely on Irving's understanding of the city of Viennain which he lived and its rebellious youth of the 1960s. The original manuscript for the book was submitted as his Masters thesis at the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop in 1967, and was later expanded and revised to its published version.

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$315.00

Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

Random House, 1968. Hardcover. Fair Condition. Front free endpaper has been torn out. No markings. Stated First Printing. Dust jacket has $5.95 on the front flap. Attractive copy except for the giant flaw.

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$250.00

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Setting Free the Bears.

Irving, John

New York: Ballentine Books, 1970. First paperback edition. Near fine in illustrated wrappers as issued. Signed by the author on the title page. An uncommon format of Irving's first book.

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$225.00

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Setting Free the Bears: A Novel

John Irving

Random House, 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. Fair Condition/Fair. Ex-library with typical marks; wear to the board edges; pages yellowed; shaken binding but intact. tape marks and wear to the covers; a solid reading copy. First edition of the author's first novel. The dust jacket has some creasing; small tears along edges; discoloring; price intact. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Standard Weight. Category: Fiction; Inventory No: 112099. .

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$195.00

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Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

New York: Random House, 1968 335pp. Stated First printing on copyright page. Library binding. Ex Library with usual stamps and markings. Price on dust jacket is intact. Spine ends are ligtly bumped. Edges of text block have light stains. Foredge of text block has several light scratches. Jacket has light creases along the edges. Spine ends and tips of flap folds have light chipping and are missing small pieces. Spine panel has light sunning and a few light stains. Library stamp on the rear panel. Jacket has a long, vertical light crease.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Minus/Good Plus Jacket. Ex-Library.

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$149.95

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Setting Free the Bears

John Irving

Ballantine Books, 1990-05-30. Mass Market Paperback. Used:Good.

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$125.05

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Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Hardcover. 0747510563 1991 edition, no printing history listed. Tiny line on front of DJ. Very Good. Light shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Earthlight Books is a family owned and operated, independent bookstore serving Walla Walla, Washington since 1973. . Very Good.

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$96.00

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Setting Free the Bears

John Irving

Ballantine Books, 1990-05-30. Mass Market Paperback. New. NEW, NO MARKINGS.Ships fast with tracking!

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$94.11

Setting Free The Bears

John Irving

Random House. Collectible - Good. Octavo. Hardcover Cloth. First Printing. 1968. Ex-Library with the usual treatments. Text in English 335 pp. Dust jacket and cover are rubbged along extremities. Interior pages are clean throughout. Binding is sound. Price unclipped. Offered by the Antiquarian, Rare, and Collectible department of Better World Books. Your purchase benefits global literacy programs. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

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$78.46

Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

Random House. 1968. Hardcover. UsedGood. Hardcover; surplus library copy with the usual stampings; tape on side edge of front endpaper; fading to pages; otherwise in good condition with clean text and tight binding. Dust jacket shows fading and shelf wear, and is pr otected by a Mylar cover. .

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$72.12

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Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

Random House Inc, 1997. Reprint. Paperback. New. SKU: MM-20036318; EAN: 9780345417985

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Setting Free The Bears

Irving, John

New York: Ballantine, 1970. First Thus. Mass Market Paperback. Fine. First paperback edition of Irving's first book. Lovely fine condition. An uncommon edition of a book that, in the first edition, is now trading at well over $1,000.

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$50.00

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Setting Free The Bears

Irving, John

New York: Random House, 1968. First printing. Hardcover. Ex-Library/Ex-Library. 1968, First printing of the author's first novel. Hardcover. An ex-library copy in the original jacket. Tape marks on the covers; ink stamps on the text-blocks; front fly leaf removed; signatures and blindstamps on prelims and title page; musty odor. The book is quite poor. The dust jacket has been price-clipped and has a sticker shadow on the spine and looks a little tired, but has otherwise remained in decent condition, with no other library imperfections. A reading copy, and a perfect fit for someone looking to add a jacket to their naked first edition.

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$50.00

Setting Free The Bears

Irving, John

New York: Ballantine, 1970. First Paperback Edition. Paperback. Fine. A fine unread copy of the first paperback edition of Irving's first book.

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Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

Random House, 1968. First Edition. Hardcover. Acceptable/Missing. New York: Random House, 1968. First edition. Hardcover. 335 pp. Acceptable, lacking jacket. Appears to be ex-library, markings poorly removed at endpapers. Some page corners turned, straightened.

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$50.00

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Setting Free the Bears

irving, John

Pocket. PAPERBACK. 0671822551 Spine creased, 1st/1st, First Edition, First Printing with full number line. Mass market paperback binding. Very Good. Light shelf wear to covers/corners; satisfaction guaranteed. . Very Good.

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$39.00

Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Hardcover. 0747510563 Very Good Condition. Has some wear. Five star seller - Buy with confidence! . Very Good.

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$31.89

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Setting free the bears

Irving, John

Mass Market Paperback. Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd | Utg. 1979 | Mass Market Paperback | 384 p. | This book is brand new. | Language: Engelska | We have this book in our store house - please allow for a couple of extra days for delivery.

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$25.52

Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

NY: Avon, 1974. 1st wraps. Paperback. Very Good None. 1st printing of the mass paperback edition. Very minor wear to covers. Clean. Record # 68109

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Setting Free the Bears

John irving

This is the softcover stated Pocket First Edition from March 1979. Both the cover and the book are in excellent condition. There are no rips, tears, markings, etc.---and the pages and binding are tight (see photo). **Note: All books listed as FIRST EDITIONS are stated by the publisher in words or number lines--or--only stated editions that include only the publisher and publication date. Check my feedback to see that I sell exactly as I describe. So bid now for this magnificent, impossible-to-find LITERARY COLLECTIBLE.Like New

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$25.00

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Setting Free the Bears (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

John Irving

Ballantine Books, 1997-06-23. Paperback. Used:Good.

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$20.59

Setting Free The Bears

Irving, John

Ballantine Books, 1970. First edition, first printing January 1970. 376 pages. Very good paperback with strong spine and clean text. The author's first book. With the usual tanning.

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Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

Avon Books. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. B0012GLE3I An Acceptable copy. Softcover. Stated First Avon Printing. Top right corner of cover has been removed. There are some small impressions on the cover and following pages. Perhaps the family dog got a hold of the corner of this book at one point. Pages sharp and clean. No marks or highlighting in text. Single crease on spine. Light wear to edges of cover. Cover lies flat. This book has NOT been marked as a remainder by the publisher. Accurate Detailed Descriptions with Fast Shipping and Robust Packaging. GRN128M . Fair.

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$19.90

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Setting Free the Bears (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

Irving, John

Ballantine Books. PAPERBACK. 0345417984 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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$17.85

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Setting Free the Bears (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

Irving, John

Ballantine Books. PAPERBACK. 0345417984 . New.

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$16.95

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Setting Free the Bears (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

John Irving

Ballantine Books. Paperback. New. NEW BOOK

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$16.88

Setting Free the Bears

John Irving

Pocket Book. 1979. First Printing. Very Good condition.

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$15.00

Setting Free the Bears

Irving, John

Avon Books. Paperback. 212777 . Good. 1974.

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$12.99