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Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus

SHELLEY, MARY W.
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Book Description: London: G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1823, 1823. Second edition; two volumes. Publisher's paper-covered boards with paper spine labels; spines and labels chipped; minor stains; short tear at the margin of the title page of volume one; owner's signature crossed through on the half-title of the first volume; owner's signature on the half-title of volume two. As rare as the first edition, it is the first to print the author's name. Another eight years was to pass before a third edition was published. Bookseller Inventory # 23307

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Book Description: London: for G. & W. B. Whittaker, 1823, 1823. 2 volumes, duodecimo. Uncut in original blue paper boards, drab paper backstrips, printed spine labels. Custom blue morocco-backed slipcase and chemise. Head of vol. I spine chipped, a few trivial marks internally, an excellent copy in original state. Second edition, the first in which Mary Shelley is named as the author; not merely a reprint of the first edition of 1818 as some have supposed. E. B. Murray notes that there are a good many substantive changes in the 1823 edition, though these were probably made by her father William Godwin, who arranged publication of the second edition "for her benefit" while Mary was still living on the continent. Mary, however, accepted the 1823 text as the basis for her own changes made for the 1831 third edition. E. B. Murray, "Changes in the 1823 Edition of Frankenstein", The Library, 3:4 (December 1981), 320-27. Bookseller Inventory # 65613

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FRANKENSTEIN: or The Modern Prometheus

SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft
(Henley on Thames, OXO, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: Printed for G. and W.B. Whittaker, 1823. Second edition. Two volumes, bound in publisher's original blue paper covered boards, with brown paper spines and title labels to spines. Uncut and unpressed. A half inch chip to the head of the spine of volume one, otherwise a superb near fine set just showing trivial wear to the spine ends and corners. Internally fresh and clean. Entirely unrepaired, a most pleasing and authentic set. Mary Shelley's masterpiece of Gothic horror was originally published anonymously in 1818 when Mary Shelley was only nineteen. This second edition, of five years later is the first to carry the author's name. Unlike most Gothic novels Frankenstein is modern rather than mock-medieval: Mary Shelley managed to reconcile the Prometheus theme, then occupying both her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron, with the most up-to-date scientific preoccupations, anticipating many of the themes of science fiction. The first edition was published in a printing of 500 copies. Judging by the infrequency with which one encounters the second edition, it could reasonably be assumed to be issued in lower numbers. Certainly, it is a notable scarcity in publisher's boards. Bookseller Inventory # 28165

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Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus

SHELLEY, MARY W.
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Book Description: Philadelphia: Carey, Lea and Blanchard, 1833, 1833. First American Edition; two volumes; original publisher's muslin backed boards with paper labels. Volume one has an ownership signature on the title page; light foxing; minor wear to the binding and paper label. Volume two is a little more worn and foxed; the bottom half of the final page of text has been replaced (only affecting the words "The End," not any actual text); previous (contemporary) owner's comments on blank leaf; corner of back free endpaper torn. In a custom quarter-morocco clamshell box. Bookseller Inventory # 10963

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Book Description: London: for G. & W. B. Whittaker, 1823, 1823. 2 volumes, duodecimo. Bound to style in half calf, marbled boards, red and black morocco labels. Custom leather-entry slipcase. Some foxing throughout, but a tall copy, complete with half titles. Second edition, the first in which Mary Shelley is named as the author; not merely a reprint of the first edition of 1818 as some have supposed. E. B. Murray notes that there are a good many substantive changes in the 1823 edition, though these were probably made by her father William Godwin, who arranged publication of the second edition "for her benefit" while Mary was still living on the continent. Mary, however, accepted the 1823 text as the basis for her own changes made for the 1831 third edition. E. B. Murray, "Changes in the 1823 Edition of Frankenstein", The Library, 3:4 (December 1981), 320-27. Bookseller Inventory # 51124

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FRANKENSTEIN: or The Modern Prometheus.

SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft.
(Hull, EYK, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: G and W.B. Whittaker., London, 1823. 2 vols. pp. xi, 249; (ii), 280. 12mo. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards. A New Edition (Second edition). Lacking the half titles. With the bookplate of Sir Robert Johnson Eden. This bookplate has caused some off-setting on the front free endpapers of Volume 1. Bookseller Inventory # 82781

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Book Description: Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard . Chestnut St., 1833. 12mo, two volumes: pp. [1-2] i-x [11] 12-201 [202-204: blank]; [1-5] 6-197 [198-200: blank] + 4 pages of ads inserted at front of volume one and [24]- page publisher's catalogue inserted at rear of volume two, half title leaves and final blanks present in both volumes, original drab boards with red muslin shelf backs, printed paper labels affixed to spine panels, all edges untrimmed. First U.S. edition. The text of this edition follows that of the 1818 UK first edition; it is a pirated edition according to Lyles. "FRANKENSTEIN is at once a Gothic horror tale and the first important science fiction novel. Its sustained popularity and place in modern myth is probably as much due to the innumerable stage, film, television, comic book and radio adaptations of it -- most of which depart completely from the text -- as to the strength of the work itself." - Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 8. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 1-47; (1981) 1- 150; (1987) 1-84; (1995) 1-84; and (2004) II-997. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 1-97. Bleiler, Science- Fiction: The Early Years 2019. Bleiler (ed), Science Fiction Writers, pp. 3-9. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 5. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 367. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1099. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 379-82. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 575-80. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 832-39. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-348. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 178. Reginald 13002. Lyles B6a. Spine panels sunned, several damp stains to boards, largely bottom quarter of volume one. A contemporary William Crosby & Co. circulating library copy with their labels (partially effaced) affixed to front paste-downs, abrasions and scuffs to paste-downs where paper protective dust jackets were removed, volume two lacks front free endpaper, contemporary owner's name and date on recto of half title leaf of volume two partially inked out with some transfer of ink onto title leaf, scattered foxing to text blocks of both volumes. Despite all faults, an unsophisticated copy, which presents well externally. As an added bonus, there are some marginalia in pencil and ink on pages 179, 196 and 197 by three contemporary readers, one terming the story "a damned lie," another calling it "the most ridiculous book that ever was written," and the third calling it "profound" and the earlier readers "stupid." Enclosed in a custom quarter leather folding box. (#75682). Bookseller Inventory # 75682

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Book Description: London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831, 1831. Third edition; first illustrated edition; publisher's cloth and spine labels; crack in the back board; some cloth wear and rubbing to the spine labels; bookplate; a clean copy and very good overall. In the introduction, Shelley related in print for the first time how she came to write the story. Bookseller Inventory # 25187

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Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus; BOUND WITH: Edgar Huntly; or, The Sleep Walker

Shelley, Mary; Brown, Charles Brockden
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Book Description: Colburn and Bentley, London, 1831. Third edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which first appeared anonymously in 1818. This is the first illustrated edition and the first to include Shelley's revisions and biographical introduction, in which she explains how she, "then a young girl, came to think of, and to dilate upon, so very hideous an idea." The story of Lord Byron's challenge to his idle housemates Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori -- "we will each write a ghost story" -- has become almost as famous as the result, with Frankenstein emerging as the clear winner of the contest. Shelley's novel fuses the atmospheric horror of the Gothic tradition with the questions raised by the acceleration of modern scientific inquiry, producing a founding work of science fiction: "You, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thy art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us. You purpose to kill me. How dare you sport thus with life?" This copy of Frankenstein is bound with the first English edition of another popular Gothic novel, Edgar Huntly by Charles Brockden Brown. First published in Philadelphia in 1799, Edgar Huntly was a particular favorite of both Mary and Percy Shelley, and was reissued the same year as Frankenstein in Bentley's "Standard Novels" series. A very handsome copy. Small thick octavo, contemporary three-quarter tan calf gilt, raised bands, spine elaborately tooled in gilt, red and black morocco labels, marbled boards, edges and endpapers. Early bookseller's embossed stamp to preliminary blank. Engraved frontispiece depicting Frankenstein's monster coming to life; vignette title page to Frankenstein. Light rubbing to binding; tiny chip to black spine label, not affecting lettering. Small dampstain to top gutter of preliminaries. Bound without publisher's advertisements. Bookseller Inventory # 100404

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Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus

Shelley, Mary W.
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Book Description: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London, 1831. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, revised, corrected, and with a new introduction by the author. Two volumes. In the introduction, Mary Shelley relates for the first time the circumstances and origin of the tale. Also, in this edition, Dr. Frankenstein's creation is depicted for the first time - we also see the doctor fleeing in terror from his awakening monster. Bound with THE GHOST-SEER! by Schiller and EDGAR HUNTLEY, OR, THE SLEEP WALKER by Charles Brockden Brown. This is the rarest issue of this edition, as it is bound both with THE GHOST-SEER and EDGAR HUNTLEY, rarely found thus. Contemporary half-calf and marbled boards, spines lettered and numbered in gilt with strapwork tooling and three gilt ornaments each. Marbled boards and their edges rubbed, endpapers foxed, engraved title in volume one shows offsetting from frontispiece, some signatures a little jumped in volume one, some minor soiling to a few leaves. CONSIDERED A SUPERIOR COPY OF THIS EDITION. Book. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-186054396

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Book Description: London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831, 1831. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Illustrated Edition. Third edition; first illustrated edition; publisher's cloth and spine labels; very minor wear; an excellent copy in a custom quarter-morocco clamshell box. In the introduction, Shelley related in print for the first time how she came to write the story. Bookseller Inventory # 23290

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Book Description: GRIN Verlag. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG3638840522

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FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS Volume One

Shelley, Mary W.
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Book Description: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, Philadelphia, 1833. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First American Edition. Volume one only; True first American edition with Shelley spelled incorrectedly "Shelly"; One half cloth over plain boards with paper spine label; ex library - bookplate and small paper spine label only; Bits of cloth gone from spine ends, spine label somewhat obscured, moderate foxing here and there throughout; 4 pages of advertising after the front free endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 18426

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Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus.

Shelley, Mary (Pennyroyal Press)
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Book Description: West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press (1983). 1st ed., 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Folio. Quarter bound in tan leather with maroon-colored cloth, SIGNED by Moser, with a cloth portfolio and presented in a black linen covered slipcase. 1-3 DELUXE COPIES with a suite of 20 signed trial proofs, printed in various colors, a suite of 52 engravings used in the book, and an original signed pencil drawing of the creature. Printed in several colors on Strathmore Pulegium by Harold P. McGrath in Poliphilus and Baldo with Wilhelm Klingsporschrift from type cast by Michael and Winifred Bixler. Bound by Sam Ellenport. The first book by Pennyroyal Press to use multiple color block prints. The color trial proofs give a fascinating view into Moser's creative process in creating his favorite of all his Pennyroyal books. Very fine. Scarce. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 10834

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Book Description: Colburn and Bentley, London, 1831. First Thus. Colburn and Bentley, 1831. Third British Edition, which is the first illustrated edition and the first to name Mary Shelley as the author. Very good plus two-volume set in original glazed plum linen with black paper labels on spines (sequence of labels on second volume reversed by publisher). In original bindings which are still strong; interiors clean. Corners a little bumped, spines sunned, minor soiling to boards, head and feet of both spines a trifle rubbed. Minor professional repair to spine of Volume One; pages in one signature of second volume left untrimmed. Engraved titles in both volumes show offsetting from their respective frontispieces, and small ownership plate of previous owner on the front paste down of both volumes. This revised edition is the one virtually all subsequent books and movies are based on. This is the most rare and desirable version of this edition, being as originally published in two volumes with three novels: "Frankenstein" in Volume One, Part one of "The Ghost-seer" in Volume One, Part two of "The Ghost-seer" in Volume Two, and "Edgar Huntley" in Volume Two. Can be found in several variations, all modifications of the original: just one volume, with Volume Two missing; just Frankenstein in one volume, having had part one of The Ghost-seer removed from Volume One and with Volume Two missing (the so-called one volume edition of Frankenstein); or variations on these themes, usually rebound in later boards. Obviously none of these are as desirable as this edition, as originally published. Housed in a custom-made case. Bookseller Inventory # 2979

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FRANKENSTEIN

SHELLEY, Mary
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Book Description: Colburn & Bentley, 1831. First illustrated edition (third edition overall). Half bound in navy blue morocco with raised bands and gilt titles to spine. A trace of rubbing to the corners of the binding, internally very clean. A very good copy indeed. Frontispiece and engraved title page. This edition, published as part of Bentley's Standard series, follows the first edition of 1818 and a reprint of 1823, had been revised and corrected and contains a new introduction by the author. The frontispiece after Theodore von Holst represents the first depiction of the monster. It is also the first edition to bear the author's name. Bookseller Inventory # 27901

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Book Description: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, London, 1831. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Clam-Shell Box. Third Edition, and First Illustrated. 16 cm x 10 cm, pp. xii, 202, with engraved frontispiece showing the first visual depiction of Frankenstein and his monster, and extra title-page with engraved, hand-coloured vignette. Dark brown cloth, gilt spine title. Housed in a fine cloth covered clamshell box. This, the third edition after the 1823 second edition, was published by Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley as one of a series of monthly one-volume reprints. This title was ninth, published in October 1831, and was the first really popular edition. Shelley's new introduction recounts the origin of her story authored at the Villa Diodati, in the company of Byron and Shelley. Sympathetically rebacked some time ago, with the original spine-strip laiddown, minor wear to covers, corners rubbed, spotting and discoloration to prelims and endpages, otherwise interior clean. Signature on front pastedown of "Eliza Kent, July 31st 1846". Perhaps the copy of the botanist and writer Elizabeth Kent, whose older sister Marianne was married to Leigh Hunt, bringing her into lifelong contact with the Romantic writers, including Shelley (Oxford DNB). Size: 16 Mo. Bookseller Inventory # 21382

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Book Description: London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street: Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh; and Cumming, Dublin, 1831. Small octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-xii [1] 2-202; [1-2] [1-3] 4-163 [164: printer's imprint] [165-167: ads] [168: blank], engraved frontispiece and engraved title leaf inserted, twentieth-century three-quarter black morocco and marbled boards, spine panel lettered and tooled in gold and blind, all edges untrimmed. Revised edition, first issue. For this edition, the standard text for most future editions, Shelley revised the text of FRANKENSTEIN and, at the request of the publishers, supplied an eight-page introduction on the genesis and composition of the story. "FRANKENSTEIN is at once a Gothic horror tale and the first important science fiction novel. Its sustained popularity and place in modern myth is probably as much due to the innumerable stage, film, television, comic book and radio adaptations of it -- most of which depart completely from the text -- as to the strength of the work itself." - Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 8. This edition of FRANKENSTEIN, published as volume number IX of Colburn and Bentley's "Standard Novels," also collects the first half of Schiller's Gothic romance THE GHOST-SEER. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 1-47; (1981) 1-150; (1987) 1-84; (1995) 1-84; and (2004) II-997. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 1-97. Bleiler, Science- Fiction: The Early Years 2019. Bleiler (ed), Science Fiction Writers, pp. 3-9. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 5. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1099. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 575-80. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 832-39. In 333. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1- 348. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 178. Reginald 13002B. Wolff 6280a. Sadleir 3734a. Neat signature of an early owner (Margaret Scott) on title page. Inserted engraved frontispiece and engraved title leaf lightly foxed (much less than usual), otherwise very clean throughout. A very good copy in a handsome binding. (#114633). Bookseller Inventory # 114633

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FRANKENSTEIN: Or, the Modern Prometheus

Shelley, Mary W. [ Milner, H[enry]
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Book Description: Richard Bentley and Son, London, 1836. 12mo. 3rd printing of the first illustrated edition, solely published by Richard Bentley (sucessor to Henry Colburn) revised, corrected and a new introduction by the author, engraved frontispiece and title page (depicting scenes from pages 31 & 43); added printed title page; xii, 202pp. Bound in 3/4 red morocco over marbled covered boards, raised bands with two compartments ruled and lettered in gilt; endpapers and all edges marbled; neat previous owner's name and date to 2nd preliminary leaf dated 1888. A clean bright copy. A handsome and very scarce 3rd printing. The monster's likeness was first shown in the 1826 Duncomb edition; the monster is shown herein. A lovely copy, only one copy located in rare books section NYPL .[OCLC]. Bookseller Inventory # pb.2007

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Frankenstein ; or the Modern Prometheus [Bentley Standard Novels]

SHELLEY, Mary
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Book Description: Richard Bentley & Son 1831, London, 1831. Full Calf. Book Condition: Fine. First Illustrated Edition. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Steel engraved frontispiece illustrating the monster, xii., 202 pp., Bentley Standard Novels series, this represents the first one-volume edition - is the third edition, but the first to illustrate the monster. It precedes the first American edition by two years. Bound in a recent full tan calf, with red and green morocco labels, and extra gilt. A very clean copy. 212c. Bookseller Inventory # 4124

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Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus.

Shelley, Mary W.
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Book Description: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley., London., 1831. Book Condition: V.g. p.p.xii-202 bound with Schillerís, The Ghost-Seer. p.p.163. The 1831 edition (3rd) of Frankenstein is highly regard be collectors as it is the first illustrated edition with Dr Frankenstein fleeing the laboratory as the monster awakens (frontis piece) and with illustrated title page. It is also the first edition in which Mary Shelley outlines in her introduction, the genesis of her classic gothic horror story. In the summer of 1816 the Author and her husband, Percy BysheeShelley and Lord Byron were residing at a villa near Lac Laman, Geneva. The summer weather was poor and they were confined to the villa for days and Byron suggested they each write a ghost story. The outcome of this prompt by Byron was the creation of Frankenstein. Fine tight copy in contemporary charcoal half calf, raised and gilded bands, crimson morocco label. Bookseller Inventory # 573_11

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THE LAST MAN. By the Author of Frankenstein .

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft.]
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Book Description: London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1826. 12mo, three volumes: pp. [i-iii] iv-xi [xii] [1] 2-358; [i-ii] [1] 2-328; [i-ii] [1] 2-352 [note: volume one lacks leaf Q(12), a leaf of publisher's ads], mid-nineteenth century three-quarter brown morocco and marbled boards, spine panels lettered and tooled in gold with borders tooled in blind, small yellow binder's tickets of James H. Jackson Stationer, Perth, Australia affixed to rear paste-downs. First edition. "The story of a ravaging plague that gradually wipes humanity from existence; the first of the 'catastrophe' novels written in English, and hence the forerunner of an important modern theme in science fiction." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1151-5. For an excellent summary of the economic, political, scientific, and literary influences that gave rise to the "last man" theme see Clarke, The Pattern of Expectation 1644-2001, pp. 35-61. Alkon, Origins of Futuristic Fiction, pp. 188-90. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 1-48; (1981) 1-151; (1987) 1-85; (1995) 1-85; and (2004) II-998. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2020. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 3. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 177. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 194. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1025. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Bleiler (1978), p. 178. Reginald 13003. Block, p. 213. Wolff 6281. Early owner's name carefully erased from upper edges of all three title pages, horizontal tear along lower margin of leaf G4 of volume two, a few very faint stains to several leaves of signatures E and F in volume three, tiny paper defect in gutter margin of leaf I1 of volume three; touch of rubbing to extremities of spine panels and corner tips, hinges tight; some foxing to endpapers and binder's flyleaves, but all text blocks are remarkably clean. A bright set in an attractive binding. A handsome copy of a scarce book. (#77248). Bookseller Inventory # 77248

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Book Description: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 883, 1831. Leather Bound. Book Condition: Very Good. Third Edition. Bound in 3/4 Leather. 12mo. 1831. Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. Xii-202 pgs. Frontis of Frankenstein present. Rebound in 3/4 brown leather by H. Zucker. Lacking Schillerís, The Ghost-Seer. Lether is slightly worn to the extremities. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. First issue of Frankenstein with the introduction wherein Shelly outlines the genesis of the story. Photos sent upon request. 883; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall; 202 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 35629

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Frankenstein - SAT Words from Literature

Mary Shelley
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Book Description: Prestwick House, Inc. Book Condition: Acceptable. USED We here at Elistics have a 100% satisfaction guarentee. We also ship no later than next business day. Thank you for your business. Bookseller Inventory # 13-L-2-00359

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Frankenstein - SAT Words from Literature

Mary Shelley
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Book Description: Prestwick House, Inc. Book Condition: Good. USED We here at Elistics have a 100% satisfaction guarentee. We also ship no later than next business day. Thank you for your business. Bookseller Inventory # 13-L-2-00364

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Frankenstein - SAT Words from Literature

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Book Description: Prestwick House, Inc., 2007. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-12284024494

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FRANKENSTEIN; Or, The Modern Prometheus.

SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft.
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Book Description: Halifax: Milner & Sowerby, 1865. 1st "Cottage Library" edition. Hardback, original maroon cloth. 13cm x 8cm. Yellow endpapers. Contents: pages generally very good, clean and tight (a little fragile between pages 304 & 305). Just a few slight pencil marks and a few slight brown spots. Owner's name at end of text. Owner's signature fep. Pencil notes rubbed out fep and inside front board. Front inner hinge neatly reinforced. Otherwise pages generally very good and clean. Boards: left side of front board generously faded and chipped/scuffed (professionally restored). Spine re-laid. Corners worn and rounded. Top and tail headbands of spine neatly reinforced where frayed and fragile. Spine darkened, with title barely visible. A rare "Cottage Library" edition of Shelley's "Frankenstein - The Man Demon" in original fragile Cottage Library binding. 319 pp. In 1816 Mary Wollstonecraft first conceived the idea of 'Frankenstein' whilst staying at a small cottage with her sister Claire and Percy Shelley in Geneva. The cottage was very close to the fellow author and patron Lord George Byron, who was by this time a household name. The following year, on their return to England, Mary and Shelley rented a house in Marlow, Bucks where she completed her novel 'Frankenstein'. Eventually the novel was first published anonymously in 1818. This small "Cottage Library Edition" uses Mary's full title of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Bookseller Inventory # 16494

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The Last Man / By the Author of Frankenstein (3 Volume Set)

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
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Book Description: Henry Colburn, London, 1826. 3/4 Leather. Book Condition: Very Good -. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jackets. First Edition, Possible Later Issue. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall (thin). Wear to head and foot of spine of volume 3 (slight cracking at spine edges; slight rubbing); slight rubbing and browning to covers (leather over boards; chiefly to edges); slight internal creases, browning and/or foxing (chiefly to preliminary leaves and edges). xi, [1], 358; [2], 328; [2], 352 pages. Probable later state (or mixed state) of the original edition; with "Second Edition" on title page recto of volume 3 (with all title pages dated 1826); lacks publisher's advertisement at rear of volume 1, and with 2 of the author's "just published" titles on colophon of volume 3 (page 352; these being "Frankenstein" and "Valperga", in 2 and 3 volumes respectively). Intriguing early fantasy three-decker, involving the sole remnant of Earth's civilization otherwise obliterated in a raging plague; thus a forerunner of many a later venture of the catastrophist variety in the sci-fi field. Printed by Shackell, Arrowsmith, and Hodges (versos of title pages in all volumes). Halkett & Laing III, 237; BMC, volume 23, page 388, column 81 (citing 2 editions with 1826 date); not located in Sadleir; Bleiler (1978), page 187; Block, page 213; Reginald #13003; Wolff #6281. 3 volumes complete; bound uniformly in 3/4 brown calf over dark green marbled boards, gilt-stamped and ruled spines with gilt- stamped black morocco spine labels and partly raised bands, plain endpapers, top edges stained dark brown, remaining edges flecked red/brown, all edges trimmed. Provenance: From the library of Lord Northwick, with his engraved armorial bookplate on front attached endpaper of each volume. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall (thin). Bookseller Inventory # L072448

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The Bride of Frankenstein (Sequel to Frankenstein)

SHELLEY, MARY] EGREMONT, MICHAEL.
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Book Description: London: The Readers Library Publishing Company, 1936, 1936. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. First Edition. Ink date on the title page below the author's name; pages browned and brittle as always; very good in a good dust jacket with a fingernail-sized chip at the foot of the spine. The front panel is a color illustration of Karloff and Elsa Lanchester (noting "A Universal Picture") and the "Editor's Note" praises both the film and this novelization. Bookseller Inventory # 26297

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THE LAST MAN. By the Author of Frankenstein .

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft.]
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Book Description: London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1826. 12mo, three volumes: pp. [i-iii] iv-xi [xii] [1] 2-358 [359-360: ads]; [i- ii] [1] 2-328; [i-ii] [1] 2-352 [note: volume one has the often missing leaf Q(12), a leaf of publisher's ads], professionally rebound in modern quarter leather and marbled boards with blue leather author and title and volume number pieces, all edges untrimmed. First edition. "The story of a ravaging plague that gradually wipes humanity from existence; the first of the 'catastrophe' novels written in English, and hence the forerunner of an important modern theme in science fiction." - Survey of Science Fiction Literature III, pp. 1151-55. For an excellent summary of the economic, political, scientific, and literary influences that gave rise to the "last man" theme see Clarke, The Pattern of Expectation 1644-2001, pp. 35-61. Alkon, Origins of Futuristic Fiction, pp. 188-90. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 1-48; (1981) 1-151; (1987) 1-85; (1995) 1-85; and (2004) II-998. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2020. Clarke, Tale of the Future (1978), p. 3. Lewis, Utopian Literature, p. 177. Locke, A Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 194. Negley, Utopian Literature: A Bibliography 1025. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, Additions. Bleiler (1978), p. 178. Reginald 13003. Block, p. 213. Wolff 6281. Some scattered foxing and soiling, shallow ink stains along fore-edge margins of first 50 and last 50 pages of volume three, a very good copy overall in an attractive modern binding. (#137366). Bookseller Inventory # 137366

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