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SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft.


or, The Modern Prometheus. [Standard Novels. No.IX. Frankenstein. Complete - The Ghost-Seer. Vol.I].

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London, Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831

The last of the important, and highly collectable, editions of Mary Shelley's famous horror story about the young Victor Frankenstein, and his harrowing harnessing of science to create life, a novel often cited as a progenitor of science fiction. The work was first published, anonymously, in 1818, followed by a second edition in 1823, the first to credit Shelley as the author. This 1831 edition was intended to be a 'popular' edition, issued as part of Bentley's Standard Novels, and is significant both for the author's considerable revisions and new introduction, and for being the first edition to include any sort of illustration.

This would be the last time Mary Shelley would revise or revisit Frankenstein, and as a result this edition forms the basis for most of those commonly read today, though many do argue that the text of the previous editions were more true to the spirit of the

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Third edition, first illustrated edition, first printing; small 8vo (165 x 100 mm); engraved frontispiece and additional title by William Chevalier after Theodore von Holst, some browning to letterpress title and additional series title, small stain to foot of both plates, a few leaves partly detached from the stitching, but overall internally very good; contemporary green cloth ruled and lettered in gilt to spine, some wear to corners and spine ends with slight loss to head of spine, some marking and minor bumping.


Sadleir 3734a; Wolff 6280a.

Stock ID:102426

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