FRANKENSTEIN; or, The Modern Prometheus

FRANKENSTEIN; or, The Modern Prometheus. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
FRANKENSTEIN; or, The Modern Prometheus

London: Printed for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, 1818. First edition. Three twelvemo volumes (6 13/16 x 4 3/16 inches; 174 x 106 mm.). xii [i.e. x], 181, [1, blank]; [2], 156; [2], 192 pp. Without the half-titles or ads. In Volume II, p. 21 is misnumbered 12, but p. 25 is correctly numbered (matching the Bradley Martin and Manney copies; in the Tinker copy, p. 25 is misnumbered 52). Paper watermarked “1816.”

Half 19th century tan calf over marbled boards. Tan morocco spine labels on each volume. Spines ruled and lettered in gilt. Top edges brown, others speckled brown. A small amount of light rubbing to marbled boards as well as to board edges. A bit of toning and foxing throughout. Volume II with two pages of minor underlining and marginalia. Previous owner's signature and date of 1892 washed from title-pages of Volume I and Volume II. Housed in a full morocco clamshell case. Overall a vey nice copy of this wonderful book.

The author gave the monster, formed from various corpses, no name, but it has become known primarily by the name of its creator. While considered by some as the first science fiction novel, it is credited by nearly everyone as one of the great novels of English literature. There can be little doubt that its continued popularity and high regard has been augmented by its iconic interpretation in the 1931 James Whale film, which transformed the gothic masterpiece into a prominent feature of popular culture.

Ashley Library V, p. 29. Lyles B1a. Tinker 1881. Wise, Shelley, p. 8. Wolff 6280.
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