A Bid for Fortune. Or Dr Nikola’s Vendetta.

  • Boothby, Guy
  • London: Ward, Lock and Co. Limited 1900


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8vo, pp. 156 + frontispiece and 1 plate. Text printed in double columns. Original colour-printed front wrapper bound in before half-title.
[Bound with:] Clifford, Mrs W.K. A Wild Proxy. London: George Newnes, Limited, 1901. 8vo, pp. [3]-126, [2, ads].
[And:] Grier, Sydney C. His Excellency’s English Governess. People’s Edition. Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1903. 8vo, pp. [iv], 134. Three works bound together in later quarter diced morocco, green cloth boards, spine divided by triple gilt rules, compartments with central floral tools in gilt. Lightly soiled, some scattered toning, particularly in ‘A Wild Proxy’, bound-in wrapper backed in paper and cropped removing last letter of title.


A bound collection of three late-Victorian novels, each paperback reprints, with the first retaining its striking illustrated front wrapper.
'A Bid For Fortune', first published in 1895, introduced the world to Australian author Guy Boothby's (1867-1905) criminal mastermind Dr Nikola, who over a series of novels menaced strait-laced action heroes and damsels in distress with his thrilling but poorly-defined occult powers. It was retitled 'Enter Dr Nikola!' for later editions.
'A Wild Proxy' by Lucy Clifford (1846-1929), widow of the mathematician William Kingdon Clifford, was first published in 1893. Sydney C. Grier was the pseudonym of Hilda Gregg (1868-1933) and 'His Excellency's English Governess' first saw print in 1896. Both had a few reprints in the decade following publication, with the Clifford being issued by Tauchnitz and the Grier seeing a North American edition in 1902; all are now scarce in commerce.

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