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Setting Free the Bears.: Irving, John

Irving, John

Published by Random House, New York (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 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.). Bookseller Inventory # 1351

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Setting Free the Bears (Signed 1st): Irving, John

Irving, John

Published by Random House (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First edition 1st printing, Fine minus apparently unread book that has slight shelf wear bottom edges and with page block slightly bowed from top of spine; in a Fine minus jacket with touch of rubbing and a small dog-ear crease bottom corner of front flap. A very nice copy of authorís scarce first book that has been signed by Irving on the title page. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-4510814587

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Setting Free the Bears (signed 1st printing): Irving, John

Irving, John

Published by Random House, New York (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 1968. Random House. New York. 335 pages. First Edition, first printing, stated. Signed by John Irving directly to the title page. Signature only. Original 1st issue DJ is near fine +. $5.95 price intact on DJ flap. DJ has a couple of minuscule marks at the foot of the backstrip. Appears as if a fingernail could likely scratch it off. Not even worth doing it, it is an incredible DJ as is. Red quarter cloth with pink / red paper boards. Gilt on backstrip is BRIGHT. The book itself is clean and tight. The book has been professionally restored as there are 2 instances on the front and back panel where there was once tape. The color matches up perfectly but you can tell this area was restored as the texture feels a little smoother and under certain light you can see the difference. Red topstain shows light fading in spots. Corners show light wear as does the paper on edges and corner tips. 1 corner is gently, barely pushed. Flaws are overstated and condition description is hyper-critical. This is a rare signed copy of the author's first book. VG+ in an original Fine DJ. A true plum of modern book collecting. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 000777

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IRVING, John

Published by Random House (1968), New York (1968)

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Item Description: Random House (1968), New York, 1968. hardcover. First Edition. Irving's scarce first book, this the issue in full red cloth. There was also an issue with red cloth-backed boards with the text bulking slightly larger. No priority has been proven, though the number of cloth-backed copies seem to outnumber greatly the number in full cloth. With a generic bookplate SIGNED by the author laid loosely into the book. A very nice copy with very slight foxing to the endpapers from the price-clipped dustwrapper which has two vertical creases to the fore-edge of the front flap. About Fine in a Near Fine, beautifully bright dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 005487

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IRVING, John

Published by Random House, NY (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, NY, 1968. Hardcover. First Edition. 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. Slight play in the binding; very near fine in a fine dust jacket but for a corner crease to the front flap. Bookseller Inventory # 914668

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IRVING, John

Published by Random House, NY (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, NY, 1968. Hardcover. First Edition. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 027375

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Setting Free the Bears: Irving, John

Irving, John

Published by Random House, New York (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 17220

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Setting Free the Bears - SIGNED: Irving, John

Irving, John

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. A First Edition, First Printing. Near fine in a near fine unclipped dust jacket. Signed by the author on the half title page. Bottom front corner bumped, slight soiling to bottom of text block. Jacket with two closed tears, one on the spine/rear panel seam, the other on the rear panel/flap seam, both difficult to see. Water stain at bottom of spine, only visible from the verso. Front flap with a crease from a former fold. Light edge wear elsewhere. Signed By Author. Bookseller Inventory # 7025

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IRVING, John

Published by Random House (1968), New York (1968)

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Item Description: Random House (1968), New York, 1968. hardcover. First Edition. 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. Near Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 017404

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Setting Free the Bears: Irving, John

Irving, John

Published by Random House, New York (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 17162

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Irving, John

Published by Random House (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: VG+. First Edition (stated). A fine copy of Irving's first book. DJ has a very small (1/4") split at bottom of front panel, otherwise near Fine. There are no markings in the book and the corners are not bumped. Bookseller Inventory # 4901

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Irving, John

Published by Random House, New York (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 1968. Hardcover. First Edition. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 17110

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Setting Free the Bears: Irving, John

Irving, John

Published by Random House, New York (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 1968. Hardcover. First Edition. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 2583

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Setting Free the Bears: Irving, John

Irving, John

Published by Randon House New York 1968 (1968)

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Item Description: Randon House New York 1968, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. Signed by Irving on front end paper. A beautiful copy. First edition, second printing. Same dust jacket as first printing. Author's first book. Fine condition in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 6949

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Setting Free The Bears: Irving, John

Irving, John

Published by Random House, New York (1968)

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From: Tangible Tales (Eugene, OR, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: good +. First printing. Stated first printing. Original red boards with red cloth spine. Ex-library book of fair condition in a much better jacket. Book shows standard library wear - tape and residue to the boards from jacket mylar being secured, barcode and pocket removal to rear, library stamps (including WITHDRAWN as appropriate) to text edges and title page. Some ridging to the spine column from repeated reading, a few creased corners and some pencilled specks on various pages. Binding and hinges are solid. Small round puncture to center of back board and corners worn through. Jacket is completely free of library markings. $5.95 price intact on front flap and 1/69 date on bottom of rear flap. The upper corner of the rear flap has been trimmed but with no text loss. Minor wear and ruffling to jacket edges, a bit of creasing to the front panel near the flap and a stray pen mark to the lower corner of the front panel. Despite it's wear, still a solid copy of this hard to find title. Irving's first novel. 335 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 23

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Irving, John

Published by Random House (1968)

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From: Easy Chair Books (Lexington, MO, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Random House, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. First Edition. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 112099

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Irving, John

Published by Ballentine Books, New York (1970)

ISBN 10: 0345367413 ISBN 13: 9780345367419

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Item Description: Ballentine Books, New York, 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. Bookseller Inventory # 244

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Setting Free the Bears: Irving, John

Irving, John

Published by Random House, New York (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Jacket Illustration by Robert Dale (illustrator). 1st Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. "First Printing" stated. Ex-public-library with card-holder glued to FFE (marked "D" for discard), and "San Diego Public Library" stampings to title page and (faintly) to top page edges. Book would grade very good save for library trappings. Jacket not price clipped; coded 1/69 with original $5.95 price showing. The author's hard-to-find first novel, ex-library but in a lovely jacket. 335 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 002495

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IRVING, John

Published by Random House (1980), New York (1980)

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Item Description: Random House (1980), New York, 1980. Hardcover. First Edition. INSCRIBED and boldly SIGNED on the front blank by the author: "To Mike: good luck with your novel----- John Irving." Near Fine in a Near Fine dustwrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 017353

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Irving, John

Published by Random House (1968)

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From: Stick Figure Books (ABAA/ILAB) (Lake Barrington, IL, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Random House, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible: Acceptable. Dust Jacket Condition: Missing. First Edition. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 040285

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Irving, John

Published by Random House, New York (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 1968. Hardcover. Book Condition: Ex-Library. Dust Jacket Condition: Ex-Library. First printing. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 0079148

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Irving, John

Published by Random House, New York (1968)

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Item Description: Random House, New York, 1968. Book Condition: Ex Library. Dust Jacket Condition: (No DJ). First edition. Ex library discard rebound in a generic blue binding with white lettering on spine. A square and solid book, label shadow to lower spine. Internally sound, lib stamp to front ep, blind embossed lib stamp to title page, card pocket and discard stamp to rear ep. The eps are replacements, so original book starts at half title page. The text block is in tight, generally Very Good or better condition, some minor stains to top fore edge. Possible binding project. His first book. Bookseller Inventory # 01004341

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Irving, John

Published by Wings Books NY (1995)

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Item Description: Wings Books NY, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition; First Printing. Fine first Omnibus ed. First printing of this new issue of author's first three books. "1" in print line. Free of former owner writing or bookplates. Fine jacket. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 11434

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Irving, John (born John Wallace Blunt, Jr )

Published by N.Y.: Wings Books, 1995, 1st Edition, 2nd Printing (1995)

ISBN 10: 0517146541 ISBN 13: 9780517146545

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Item Description: N.Y.: Wings Books, 1995, 1st Edition, 2nd Printing, 1995. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. Brad Weinman Cover Art (illustrator). Later Printing of the first Edition. -----------hardcover, a Near Fine copy in a lightly rubbed Very Good+ dustjacket, 718 pages, age toning to paper as often seen with this title, short closed tear at lower spine tip of jacket, the accompanying scan appears to show a faded spine but the spine of the jacket is actually a different colour than the front panel, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Bookseller Inventory # 150790

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Irving, John

Published by Avon (1974)

ISBN 10: 0345367413 ISBN 13: 9780345367419

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Item Description: Avon, 1974. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. First Trade Paperback Edition Thus, First Printing. Copyrighted 1968. Mass Market Paperback. Great 60's/70's cover art. Nice copy. Slight edgewear top cover and slight creasing back cover, with very slight tear bottom back cover. Bookseller Inventory # 000078

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Irving, John (born John Wallace Blunt, Jr )

Published by N.Y.: Pocket Books, 1979, 1st Paperback Edition, 1st Printing (1979)

ISBN 10: 0671822551 ISBN 13: 9780671822552

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Item Description: N.Y.: Pocket Books, 1979, 1st Paperback Edition, 1st Printing, 1979. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Uncredited Cover Art (illustrator). First Paperback Edition. ----------paperback, a solid clean Very Good to Very Good+ copy, a bit of light wear, a bit of age toning to paper, no cover or spine creases, a tight square copy, ---Siggy and Hannes were disenchanted students and fellow conspirators. Astride a 700cc Royal Enfield motorcycle, they roamed the Austrian countryside. When Gallen, a lovely hitchhiker, joined them, they zeroed in on the Vienna Zoo--and Siggy's dream: setting free the bears! , any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Bookseller Inventory # 151944

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