THE HUMAN MOLE. Oliver Merland, "Colin Collins."

THE HUMAN MOLE. London: Greening & Co., Limited, 1909. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-7 [8] 9-338 [339-340: ads], four inserted plates with illustrations by Ernest Smythe, original pictorial terra cotta cloth, front panel stamped in black, spine panel stamped in gold, publisher's monogram stamped in blind on rear panel. First edition. Science fiction techno-thriller in the Griffith tradition. Scientific genius Karl Cordova, whose inventions are scorned by society, embarks on a career of crime using machines of his own invention, including ray guns, an Earth borer, etc. His end comes by suicide deep below ground when his boring machine runs out of fuel. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 36. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy Volume II, p. 31. Bleiler (1978), p. 46. Reginald 03207. Hubin (1994), p. 179. A bright, nearly fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket (reproducing an interior illustration by Smythe on the front panel) with wear at edges and general dust soiling. A scarce book rarely seen in jacket. (#152525).

Price: $3,000.00

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