London, Collins \ Harvill, 1967. First Edition. First Impression. A very presentable copy of this classic of the fantastic. A Russian Faust in many ways, with a legacy more pronounced than the vast majority of comparable books having numerous film, radio, stage and other adaptations. The novel itself is often more closely tied to general literature than the fantastic, as is common with a lot of solid works of literature. Over the last few years though this has changed, as evidenced by its inclusion in a number of recent works around the genre. The book's not in Bleiler, nor Cawthorn or Pringle, though Clute includes a solid entry to the 1993 edition of the encyclopedia. [Clute, p147. Rennison & Andrews, p21] The book itself is near fine, with one 25mm tear to the rear of the jacket and a little toning. Nothing else of note, just the usual gentle signs of ageing. Cover art by Alex Jawdokimov [5908, Hyraxia Books].