Mary Shelley. Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus -- The First Illustrated Edition, In Two Volumes with Schiller's The Ghost Seer. London: Richard Bentley, 1831.

    First illustrated edition. Two small octavo volumes (6.5 inches x 4 inches). xii, 202 pages, plus 163 pages of Schiller's The Ghost-Seer; 176 pages of volume two of The Ghost-Seer, plus xvi, 258 pages of Edgar Huntly. Frontispieces with tissue guards.

    Bound in contemporary light brown half calf with marbled boards. Gilt lettering to spine. Some rubbing to the edges of the boards and to the spines. Very good.

    This, volume 9 and 10 from the first printing of the Bentley Standard Novels, includes the third edition of Frankenstein, "revised, corrected, and illustrated with a new introduction, by the author." Frankenstein is bound with volume I of The Ghost-Seer. Volume II of The Ghost-Seer is bound with Charles Brockden Brown's complete Edgar Huntly; or, the Sleep Walker.

    The frontispiece of the Bentley edition includes the first illustrated depiction of the Monster. It is also the first time that Mary Shelley's name was attributed to the novel. An important edition in outstanding condition, infrequently encountered, particularly with the accompanying Bentley volume 10. From the Frank Collection.


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