Whoa! You can't buy your own item.

SOLD - Vintage book Agatha Christie mystery They Came to Baghdad, classic pulp fiction Dell 1974 edition, original, hard to find cover art

SOLD - Vintage book Agatha Christie mystery They Came to Baghdad, classic pulp fiction Dell 1974 edition, original, hard to find cover art

Ask a question

$26.00

Almost gone. There's only 1 left.

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Favorited by: 10 people
  • Gift message available
This shop accepts Etsy gift cards

Shipping & returns

Get it fast! Ready to ship in 1–3 business days.
From New Haven, CT
No returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Description

NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

Agatha Christie has written so many novels you'd think they were all the same. I know I think that all the time about James Patterson and other people who come out with a book a month, basically, and Christie may have been the OG of those, but I can't help but love this one in particular. I'll confess I've only read a few, and so I do have the opinion that her works are unique and not redundant--which is saying a lot for me, because the mystery genre is in my opinion very much in danger, all the time, of becoming so. There are just so many tropes and so little you can do to surprise readers, so little you can do to make a whodunnit stand out, but Agatha Christie's name is known for the mystery genre precisely because she does that.

They Came to Baghdad has a great big sentence on the bright green back cover, which matches the outer green on the pages, a trend I love from the old mystery paperbacks you don't get these days. Features like that basically make these archival materials rather than vintage books, because they call back to a specific time and style of printing.

The back title reads: SHE CAME TO A CITY OF MENACE.

And that's really all you'd need back then to pick the book up, that or just the name Agatha Christie, and you knew you were getting something good.

The book is very much about its setting, which is why it's in the title, and to have a very non-Iraqui main character, the pretty Victoria Jones, travel to a land and a city so foreign is a great way to start a story. However it only gets better from there, as Christie introduces "one wrong turn" when Victoria had only come to "seek romance" in traveling somewhere unknown.

There's murder and mayhem and the female protagonist is your classic Nancy Drew figure caught up in it all, not one one to save herself but certainly not dumb. This doesn't read as demeaning or anti-feminist, rather just...classic. Vintage, antique, it's an old book and an old mystery. It's a style, it's a story from a certain time and a certain genre and a certain author, and like the back cover says, it's a "mystery she knew she would have to solve or die..."

Doesn't that sentence make you laugh? That's what you get in this book -- the stuff you want and know you're going to get, but it's the best there is because Christie wrote it, and it's like reading a black-and-white movie. They're not all the same, despite their similarities, these types of novels.

Agatha Christie should be read by everyone, maybe not all of her many, many novels, but definitely at least a few, and this should be one of them. It's got everything you want in a juicy mystery, "teeming streets and dark alleyways...international politics and big business...intrigue and deception" the list goes on.

This quote should show you how and why the setting, which Christie so ingeniously captures and twists and turns, makes the story so interesting: "They reached Babylon bruised and shaken in a couple of hours. The meaningless pile of ruined mud and burnt brick was somewhat of a disappointment to Victoria who expected something in the way of columns and arches, looking like pictures she had seen of Baalbek. But little by little her disappointment ebbed as they scrambled over mounds and lumps of burnt brick, led by the Guide. She listened with only half an ear to his profuse explanations, but as they went along the Processional Way to the Ishtar Gate, with the faint reliefs of unbelievable animals high on the walls, a sudden sense of the grandeur of the past came to her and a wish to know something about this vast proud city that now lay dead and abandoned."

This is not the Iraq we know today either, AT ALL, and so as you read you'll feel the same as she feels--out of place and wondering. It's this wonder that laces the book and makes the mystery plot more subtle--you're distracted, because she's distracted. It's a foreign land and a foreign tale and you'll love it if you are a Christie fan, and you'll need to buy it and read it if you aren't.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: They Came to Baghdad
-Author: Agatha Christie
-Format: Softcover, Dell edition first printing
-Condition: Fragile and age-worn but binding intact, has those vintage book attributes like creasing
-Publisher: Dell Publishing Co. Inc.
-Copyright: Agatha Christie Mallowan 1951
-Date published: April 1974
-Provenance: I found this in Penny's BookShelf somewhere near Milford CT a few weeks ago, so this month November 2016. She had only a few Agatha Christies and I had to pick this one up once I found out the cover is so rare for this book with its many, many editions and art.
-Pricing: I priced this book mostly based on its condition and by comparing it with the only other book for sale of this copy I could find online. I also took into consideration that this particular story has been reprinted with many different covers under many different publishers, and finding this particular one is extremely difficult. So, an Agatha Christie collector should be happy to find this despite its creases and such.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

Agatha Christie has written so many novels you'd think they were all the same. I know I think that all the time about James Patterson and other people who come out with a book a month, basically, and Christie may have been the OG of those, but I can't help but love this one in particular. I'll confess I've only read a few, and so I do have the opinion that her works are unique and not redundant--which is saying a lot for me, because the mystery genre is in my opinion very much in danger, all the time, of becoming so. There are just so many tropes and so little you can do to surprise readers, so little you can do to make a whodunnit stand out, but Agatha Christie's name is known for the mystery genre precisely because she does that.

They Came to Baghdad has a great big sentence on the bright green back cover, which matches the outer green on the pages, a trend I love from the old mystery paperbacks you don't get these days. Features like that basically make these archival materials rather than vintage books, because they call back to a specific time and style of printing.

The back title reads: SHE CAME TO A CITY OF MENACE.

And that's really all you'd need back then to pick the book up, that or just the name Agatha Christie, and you knew you were getting something good.

The book is very much about its setting, which is why it's in the title, and to have a very non-Iraqui main character, the pretty Victoria Jones, travel to a land and a city so foreign is a great way to start a story. However it only gets better from there, as Christie introduces "one wrong turn" when Victoria had only come to "seek romance" in traveling somewhere unknown.

There's murder and mayhem and the female protagonist is your classic Nancy Drew figure caught up in it all, not one one to save herself but certainly not dumb. This doesn't read as demeaning or anti-feminist, rather just...classic. Vintage, antique, it's an old book and an old mystery. It's a style, it's a story from a certain time and a certain genre and a certain author, and like the back cover says, it's a "mystery she knew she would have to solve or die..."

Doesn't that sentence make you laugh? That's what you get in this book -- the stuff you want and know you're going to get, but it's the best there is because Christie wrote it, and it's like reading a black-and-white movie. They're not all the same, despite their similarities, these types of novels.

Agatha Christie should be read by everyone, maybe not all of her many, many novels, but definitely at least a few, and this should be one of them. It's got everything you want in a juicy mystery, "teeming streets and dark alleyways...international politics and big business...intrigue and deception" the list goes on.

This quote should show you how and why the setting, which Christie so ingeniously captures and twists and turns, makes the story so interesting: "They reached Babylon bruised and shaken in a couple of hours. The meaningless pile of ruined mud and burnt brick was somewhat of a disappointment to Victoria who expected something in the way of columns and arches, looking like pictures she had seen of Baalbek. But little by little her disappointment ebbed as they scrambled over mounds and lumps of burnt brick, led by the Guide. She listened with only half an ear to his profuse explanations, but as they went along the Processional Way to the Ishtar Gate, with the faint reliefs of unbelievable animals high on the walls, a sudden sense of the grandeur of the past came to her and a wish to know something about this vast proud city that now lay dead and abandoned."

This is not the Iraq we know today either, AT ALL, and so as you read you'll feel the same as she feels--out of place and wondering. It's this wonder that laces the book and makes the mystery plot more subtle--you're distracted, because she's distracted. It's a foreign land and a foreign tale and you'll love it if you are a Christie fan, and you'll need to buy it and read it if you aren't.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: They Came to Baghdad
-Author: Agatha Christie
-Format: Softcover, Dell edition first printing
-Condition: Fragile and age-worn but binding intact, has those vintage book attributes like creasing
-Publisher: Dell Publishing Co. Inc.
-Copyright: Agatha Christie Mallowan 1951
-Date published: April 1974
-Provenance: I found this in Penny's BookShelf somewhere near Milford CT a few weeks ago, so this month November 2016. She had only a few Agatha Christies and I had to pick this one up once I found out the cover is so rare for this book with its many, many editions and art.
-Pricing: I priced this book mostly based on its condition and by comparing it with the only other book for sale of this copy I could find online. I also took into consideration that this particular story has been reprinted with many different covers under many different publishers, and finding this particular one is extremely difficult. So, an Agatha Christie collector should be happy to find this despite its creases and such.

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(62)

Payment options

Secure options
  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Etsy keeps your payment information secure. Etsy shops never receive your credit card information.

Returns & exchanges

I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

FAQs

Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

What’s wrong with this listing?

The first thing you should do is contact the seller directly.

If you’ve already done that, your item hasn’t arrived, or it’s not as described, you can report that to Etsy by opening a case.

Report a problem with an order

We take intellectual property concerns very seriously, but many of these problems can be resolved directly by the parties involved. We suggest contacting the seller directly to respectfully share your concerns.

If you’d like to file an allegation of infringement, you’ll need to follow the process described in our Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy.

Review how we define handmade, vintage and supplies

See a list of prohibited items and materials

Read our mature content policy

The item for sale is…