VAN HOFF; OR, THE NEW FAUST. Alfred Smythe.

VAN HOFF; OR, THE NEW FAUST. New York: American Publishers Corporation, 310-318 Sixth Avenue, [1897]. Octavo, pp. [1-2] 3-322, inserted frontispiece (photographic portrait of the author), title page printed in black and light green, original pictorial green cloth, front and spine panels stamped in black and gold. First U.S. edition. First published in Britain in 1896 by Digby, Long as A NEW FAUST. "Science fantasy horror story; the discovery of a substance which rejuvenates. There are also supernatural ingredients, and this book is typical of the Siamese Twin relationship between science fictional and supernatural themes to be found in many Victorian books." - Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 202. "Begins with letters on desire for flight and immortality. Professor discovers materialized electricity, and with devil's help a solvent to help it bring rejuvenation. From here on occult story, finally solvent destroyed, professor dies." - Suvin, Victorian Science Fiction in the UK, pp. 65-6. Bleiler (1978), p. 182. Reginald 13406. A bright, nearly fine copy. (#156859).

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