Cambridge: Moses King, 1881. First Thus. Octavo (22.5cm.); original pale grey printed wrappers removed from larger work, contemporary stitching; 23pp. Tiny losses to top corner of upper and rear cover spine edges, a few tiny closed tears to textblock not approaching text, brief faint pencil notations to Preface, else Very Good or better.
Expanded offprint of the newspaper article "An Interview with a Nihilist," first published in August, 1881. The term "nihilist" refers to the early revolutionary movement in Russia of educating the under-classes. Panin, a member of the Russian upper classes, had been a participant and was subsequently exiled from Russia in 1873 at the age of 18, emigrating to the United States by way of Germany. At the time of publication, the author's first, Panin was a graduate student at Harvard. He would later achieve notoriety after discovering numeric patterns in the Hebrew and Greek bibles, about which he would publish a number of works.