DescriptionIsaac Asimov Foundation First Edition. (New York: Gnome Press, 1951), first edition, 255 pages, blue cloth with red lettering on spine and cover, 8vo (5.5" x 8.25"), dust jacket (in protective Mylar). Four of the five short stories published in this edition saw print originally in Astounding Science Fiction magazine between 1942 and 1944. It was the publication of this very book, however, that served as the catalyst to the enormous popularity the Foundation series would enjoy. Foundation introduced readers to Asimov's fictional science of psychohistory, the study of predicting the actions of exceptionally large groups of people, i.e. empires. In sum, the Foundation series includes ten volumes numbering around 1 million words, but this is the book that laid the cornerstone for what would become the most influential science fiction series ever written. This copy is very good, with minimal wear to the corners and edges of the book and jacket.
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