'FAREWELL, NIKOLA'. London, New York and Melbourne: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1901. Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-315 [316: printer's imprint] [317-320: ads], eight inserted plates with illustrations by Harold Piffard, original bevel-edged dark blue cloth, front panel stamped in black and white, spine panel stamped in black, white, and gold, pictorial paper inlay on front panel, all edges untrimmed. First edition. Fourth and final novel featuring Doctor Nikola, a occult adventurer who seeks immortality. The diabolical doctor, a precursor to Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu, is considered by some to be the first fictional super villain. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 40. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 243. Blackford, et al., Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction, p. 222. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 47. Bleiler (1978), p. 27. Reginald 01627. Hubin (1994), p. 87. Just a bit of flaking to white enamel background on front and spine panels, else a fine copy. Scarce in nice condition. (#152651).
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