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Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus by Mary "Shelly", 1833
Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1833. Two volumes bound in full modern calf leather with raised and gilt bands. Presented in a custom leather and cloth clamshell box. Extremely rare misspelled author's name first American edition -- spelled "Shelly" instead of the correct "Shelley" on the title page. Shelley was just 19 when she wrote her classic novel. The circumstances of its composition are by now well known: Mary was in Switzerland with Percy Shelley, Byron, and Byron’s physician John Polidori on that famous evening in 1816 when the discussion turned to one of Shelley’s favorite topics, the supernatural. Byron proposed that all members of the party write a romance or tale dealing with the subject. The resulting efforts were Polidori’s The Vampyre, Byron’s unfinished narrative about a vampire, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, “the most famous English horror novel… a defining model of the Gothic mode of fiction, and… the first genuine science fiction novel, the first significant rendering of the relations between mankind and science through an image of mankind’s dual nature appropriate to an age of science” (Clute and Nicholls, Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 1099). At base, the novel is one of creative powers gone wrong-a subject of paramount concern to Mary Shelley, as her own mother had died as a result of Shelley’s birth, and the year before writing Frankenstein, she lost her own daughter, Clare. The London first edition, published anonymously in 1818, is exceedingly rare. At the time of this first American edition, the novel was receiving newfound attention. An 1831 edition was published in London, for which Shelley wrote an introduction describing the circumstances surrounding the creation of the work.
- Date of Manufacture1833
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 8.5 in. x W 2.5 in. x D 5.5 in.H 21.59 cm x W 6.35 cm x D 13.97 cm
- Seller LocationColorado Springs, CO
- Seller Reference NumberBK0297
- Sold AsSet of 2
- Reference NumberLU90979208071
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