DOCTOR NIKOLA ... Fourth Edition. London, New York and Melbourne: Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1896. Octavo, pp. [i-viii] ix-x 1-322 -4: ads, numerous illustrations by Stanley L. Wood, original bevel-edged blue cloth, spine and front panels stamped in gold, pictorial paper inlays on front and spine panels, all edges untrimmed. Fourth printing. The second of four novels, preceded by A BID FOR FORTUNE (1895), 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 241. Blackford, et al., Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction, p. . Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, p. 47. Bleiler (1978), p. 27. Reginald 01625. Hubin (1994), p. 87. Cloth worn at spine ends and corner tips, endpapers foxed, half title leaf and last leaf of text foxed, scattered foxing in the text, a sound, good copy. (#165770).
"FOURTH EDITION" on title page.