London: Stanley Paul & Co. Limited, .. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-319 [320: blank], original red cloth, front panel stamped in blind, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. A science fiction novel about the creation and conditioning of an artificial man (an android) more courteous, ethical and intelligent than the humans he encounters, who ultimately is emancipated by dying in the carnage of World War I. A major between the wars SF novel that is almost totally below the radar of fantasy researchers and bibliographers. We believe Nelson may have been J. J. H. Nelson, a chemist whose pharmaceutical research resulted in his University of Edinburgh thesis "The Auction and Uses of Salvarsan" (1913). Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 164. Not in Bleiler (1948; 1978), Day (1963), Reginald (1979; 1992), or Tuck (1978). A bit of mild tanning to endpapers and light foxing to page edges, a very good copy. A very scarce book. (#156315) (Inventory #: 156315)
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