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Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus. by  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley - Hardcover - 1869 - from B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA (SKU: MWS004)

Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus.

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Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus.

by Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft

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Boston and Cambridge: Sever, Francis and Co., 1869 Third American edition. Original publisher's green cloth, decoratively ruled in blind to boards and lettered in gilt to front board and spine, brown coated endpapers. A very good copy with some wear, rubbing and fraying to the spine ends and corners, a small stain to the lower front board, contemporary ownership inscription to front endpaper dated "May 8th, 1874", hinges cracked and secure. A completely unsophisticated example of a very scarce Frankenstein publication. First published anonymously by 20-year old Mary Shelley in 1818, Frankenstein is recognized as one of the first ever science fiction novels. The story is told through a series of letters from Robert Walton to his sister, beginning in the middle of his voyage to the North Pole, when Walton and his crew happen upon the lone, emaciated Victor Frankenstein in need of shelter. They take the stranger on board, and Walton slowly learns of his tortured past, from a tragic childhood to scientific experiments that eventually resulted in the creation of a monster who threatens his life.. Hard Cover. Very Good.


This 19th Century piece of classic science fiction literature has a fascinating history. Authored by Mary Shelley when she was just 19 years old, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus was first published anonymously in London in 1818 to mixed reception. Standard for British literature at the time, it was published in the traditional "three-volume" or "triple-decker" format. Mary Shelley is not credited as the author in the first edition, but there is a preface written by her husband, Percy Shelley, as well as a dedication to Mary's father, William Godwin. It was not until the second edition was published in 1822 that Mary Shelley was listed as the author. Rather unfortunately, later editions drop the subtitle "or, the Modern Prometheus". Shelley included the subtitle to illustrate the similarities between Dr. Frankenstein and the Greek god Prometheus, as Prometheus suffers great torment after creating man and deceiving Zeus by giving fire to humanity. Since only 500 first edition copies were printed, they are quite rare and very valuable. As with most classic first editions, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus only increases in value over time. In 2012, a one-of-a-kind first edition was found that was inscribed by Mary Shelley to Lord Byron, saying on the front flyleaf, "To Lord Byron from the Author". -


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Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Boston and Cambridge: Sever, Francis and Co.
Date published
Bookseller catalogs
Fiction; British Literature; Women's Literature; 19th Century Literature;

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