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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. True First Edition

Mary Shelley


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Ref. 110773   Edition. First Edition

Published By: Printed for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones 1818 (London)

Exceptional true first edition of the first science fiction novel. Mary Shelley began writing her masterpiece telling the story of a mad scientist's unorthodox creation of a hideous lifeform when she was just 19 years old. Conceived in the age of Gothic and Romantic movements, it has gone on to inspire countless adaptations within the horror genre, and is one of the most iconic stories in the English language. The first publication was anonymous, and by the third edition Mary Shelley's name was associated with the work which she had revised with a new preface to make the story less radical. By this time the work already held acclaim and a popular stage adaptation had been produced and widely performed. Several scholars favour the 'unadulterated' first edition, arguing that it preserves the true spirit of Mary Shelley's vision. [Anne K. Mellor]. Just 500 copies of this first edition were printed, with very few of them surviving today. A highly sought after collectible which holds a prominent place in the publication history of the work itself, as well as within the history of the horror and science-fiction genres. Three volumes bound into one, separate titles. Decorative full calf with gilt. Incredibly bright internally. A handsome volume.

Book Condition: Fine

Size: 8vo

Binding: Hardback

Book Type: Book

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