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Vintage book with RARE obituary clipping inside, Isaac Asimov's only murder mystery novel Murder at the ABA, 1976 First & Book Club Edition

Vintage book with RARE obituary clipping inside, Isaac Asimov's only murder mystery novel Murder at the ABA, 1976 First & Book Club Edition

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There is no other book like this one.

Really, though, this one copy of this book is especially rare because it has pasted in it the actual newspaper clipping of the writer's obituary from 1992, signed and dated by the previous owner. This person clearly loved Isaac Asimov and his works, as I do, and so many other people do to this day, and the fact that you have that piece of history stuck in this book, attached to it forever, is stunningly real and sad and awe-some.

I will get to the description of this book soon (sometime this week 1/30/17) but I just have to say it is unlike any other copy, and you will be a lucky person to own it, to own this historical piece of the writer's legacy and physical notice of his death that is only available in archives today. That, and the book is Isaac Asimov's one brief foray into a genre outside the one he is known for, science fiction, and so immediately I had to pick this book up without knowing what amazing papers lay inside. Whenever an author switches genres it always surprises and intrigues me, and Isaac Asimov himself surprises and intrigues me anyways, so it is kind of serendipitous that I would find this book while barely rifling through the mystery section in a used bookshop, only to stumble upon his name and think, really? THE Isaac Asimov, writing mystery?

And, like every other writing endeavor he undertook in his life, he pulls it off. The man's legacy is both in the book he's written and the obituary that celebrates him glued into the front pages, and I only wish I could meet him today, get a little closer to the author than even this. This book, however, is a way to get closer to him even more than his other books, I would argue, because he himself is a character in it! There is something about this that is so fitting and so strange and almost frightening to read now: is the character him? Are we getting to know him? Or is it a literary device, "the way I've written this book" as he says it, with all fictional versions of real persons or regularly imaginary characters, despite it.

But this book, this is a way to get closer to him in the real sense, outside of your mind and outside of the story, but in a physical way like something special handed down or kept from long ago to mark a certain time in your life -- or someone else's. People keep all sorts of things for that reason, and I've happen to find one. And, I know someone out there will appreciate this the way I do. The book is waiting for you here, almost like Asimov intended it himself.

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

-Full title: Murder at the ABA -- A puzzle in four days & sixty scenes
-Author: Isaac Asimov
-Format: Hardcover, first Book Club Edition printed same years as original, with preserved dust jacket full color, signature, address and date on the inside front cover with cut-out author's obituary taped on front endpapers and continued onto back of first front page.
-Condition: Perfect vintage book condition, nearly mint. Hardly any rips or tears and no writing inside aside from the signature and date near the pasted-in newspaper clipping in the front inside cover and first page.
-Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
-Copyright: 1976 by Isaac Asimov
-Date published: 1976
-Provenance: This book I found in a bookshop I frequent mainly for its children's books (like Fairy Frisket, one I recently sold, or The Fairy Book by Mrs. Mulock, one I will never ever sell, I love it so much) as they always have old and gorgeous editions of fairytales and stories that will touch you no matter what age, like The Little Lame Prince (my favorite children's book in the world). Anyway, I go there specifically for these lovely gorgeous gilt editions from the 1800s with amazing illustrations and details, as a collector not a seller, but something drew me to the mystery section that day, I couldn't tell you what, and then scanning but hardly taking anything in, I saw the name: Isaac Asimov. One of my favorite if not my favorite science fiction writers, I was puzzled to find him in this section and wondered at the possibility that he ever wrote a murder mystery, so I picked it up and there it was, he had. Then I found what was inside, and threw the book on the counter (gently) to be bought immediately. I was done at that shop for the day. I'd found my book. This was November 2016, and I'm finally willing to sell it, only to pass it along to someone who will have the same reaction I had, to make them happy and add so much to their collection with its pure uniqueness--unique for the author, unique in its additions, and unique in the fact of its story, its history, the way it was found by me like it was meant to be. All this comes with the book you buy, every book you buy, and I truly believe this. How's that for provenance? As for the person who owned this book before me, they signed the book "Arsenault" with the address "36 Butherton Road, Waterford Conn." I would do research on this road and this person, but I want to give them their privacy. Feel free to dig up the history of this person yourself, if you like research and mystery-hunting, for I'm sure there's something out there to tell you more about the owner of this book previous to me. Everyone has a story to tell. :)
-Pricing: You can find copies of this book elsewhere for less, I'll say that straight off the bat. If this were any normal copy it would be worth much less, but as I've described above, this is not a normal copy, but an item worthy of so much more because of the author's authentic obituary, clipped in the front just as the day it came out, with his face and his tribute as you would've read it and seen it the day you found out this man died--this writer who was and is so important to so many people. This special quality of this copy helped me come to the price, but if you know me at all you'll know in my opinion it is priceless, and it will make me so happy to give this to someone who agrees, and make them happy in turn. :)
There is no other book like this one.

Really, though, this one copy of this book is especially rare because it has pasted in it the actual newspaper clipping of the writer's obituary from 1992, signed and dated by the previous owner. This person clearly loved Isaac Asimov and his works, as I do, and so many other people do to this day, and the fact that you have that piece of history stuck in this book, attached to it forever, is stunningly real and sad and awe-some.

I will get to the description of this book soon (sometime this week 1/30/17) but I just have to say it is unlike any other copy, and you will be a lucky person to own it, to own this historical piece of the writer's legacy and physical notice of his death that is only available in archives today. That, and the book is Isaac Asimov's one brief foray into a genre outside the one he is known for, science fiction, and so immediately I had to pick this book up without knowing what amazing papers lay inside. Whenever an author switches genres it always surprises and intrigues me, and Isaac Asimov himself surprises and intrigues me anyways, so it is kind of serendipitous that I would find this book while barely rifling through the mystery section in a used bookshop, only to stumble upon his name and think, really? THE Isaac Asimov, writing mystery?

And, like every other writing endeavor he undertook in his life, he pulls it off. The man's legacy is both in the book he's written and the obituary that celebrates him glued into the front pages, and I only wish I could meet him today, get a little closer to the author than even this. This book, however, is a way to get closer to him even more than his other books, I would argue, because he himself is a character in it! There is something about this that is so fitting and so strange and almost frightening to read now: is the character him? Are we getting to know him? Or is it a literary device, "the way I've written this book" as he says it, with all fictional versions of real persons or regularly imaginary characters, despite it.

But this book, this is a way to get closer to him in the real sense, outside of your mind and outside of the story, but in a physical way like something special handed down or kept from long ago to mark a certain time in your life -- or someone else's. People keep all sorts of things for that reason, and I've happen to find one. And, I know someone out there will appreciate this the way I do. The book is waiting for you here, almost like Asimov intended it himself.

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

-Full title: Murder at the ABA -- A puzzle in four days & sixty scenes
-Author: Isaac Asimov
-Format: Hardcover, first Book Club Edition printed same years as original, with preserved dust jacket full color, signature, address and date on the inside front cover with cut-out author's obituary taped on front endpapers and continued onto back of first front page.
-Condition: Perfect vintage book condition, nearly mint. Hardly any rips or tears and no writing inside aside from the signature and date near the pasted-in newspaper clipping in the front inside cover and first page.
-Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
-Copyright: 1976 by Isaac Asimov
-Date published: 1976
-Provenance: This book I found in a bookshop I frequent mainly for its children's books (like Fairy Frisket, one I recently sold, or The Fairy Book by Mrs. Mulock, one I will never ever sell, I love it so much) as they always have old and gorgeous editions of fairytales and stories that will touch you no matter what age, like The Little Lame Prince (my favorite children's book in the world). Anyway, I go there specifically for these lovely gorgeous gilt editions from the 1800s with amazing illustrations and details, as a collector not a seller, but something drew me to the mystery section that day, I couldn't tell you what, and then scanning but hardly taking anything in, I saw the name: Isaac Asimov. One of my favorite if not my favorite science fiction writers, I was puzzled to find him in this section and wondered at the possibility that he ever wrote a murder mystery, so I picked it up and there it was, he had. Then I found what was inside, and threw the book on the counter (gently) to be bought immediately. I was done at that shop for the day. I'd found my book. This was November 2016, and I'm finally willing to sell it, only to pass it along to someone who will have the same reaction I had, to make them happy and add so much to their collection with its pure uniqueness--unique for the author, unique in its additions, and unique in the fact of its story, its history, the way it was found by me like it was meant to be. All this comes with the book you buy, every book you buy, and I truly believe this. How's that for provenance? As for the person who owned this book before me, they signed the book "Arsenault" with the address "36 Butherton Road, Waterford Conn." I would do research on this road and this person, but I want to give them their privacy. Feel free to dig up the history of this person yourself, if you like research and mystery-hunting, for I'm sure there's something out there to tell you more about the owner of this book previous to me. Everyone has a story to tell. :)
-Pricing: You can find copies of this book elsewhere for less, I'll say that straight off the bat. If this were any normal copy it would be worth much less, but as I've described above, this is not a normal copy, but an item worthy of so much more because of the author's authentic obituary, clipped in the front just as the day it came out, with his face and his tribute as you would've read it and seen it the day you found out this man died--this writer who was and is so important to so many people. This special quality of this copy helped me come to the price, but if you know me at all you'll know in my opinion it is priceless, and it will make me so happy to give this to someone who agrees, and make them happy in turn. :)

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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.
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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 :)

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