A BID FOR FORTUNE. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. Octavo, cloth. First U.S. edition. First of the four novels 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 240. 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 01623. Hubin (1994), p. 86. Some soiling, spine dull, a very good copy. (#81431).