First Edition of Irving's First NovelJohn Irving. Setting Free the Bears. New York: Random House, .
First edition, first printing. Octavo. 335 pages.
Publisher's gilt-stamped red cloth over blind-stamped red paper boards. Top edge stained red. Bottom corner of front board lightly bumped. Tips of corners have very minor wear. Publisher's stain to the top edge has faded. There is an area of discoloration measuring 2.5 x 1 inches to front free endpaper which appears to be a glue stain remaining from the adherence of a bookplate (no longer present). Dust jacket is price-clipped and has only very minimal wear to spine ends. A generally clean, tight and bright copy in very good condition.
Irving's first novel, an expanded and revised version of the manuscript he originally submitted as his Master's thesis at the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop in 1967.
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