Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Mary Shelley: Lodore First Edition. (London: Richard Bentley, 1835), first edition, three volumes, Volume I: 300 pages, Volume II: 297 pages, Volume III: 311 pages, rebound banded black half-leather with marbled boards, 12mo (4.75" x 7.25"). This set is about fine, with only very minor shelf wear to the corners, edges, and spines.

    Lodore dissects aristocratic values to demonstrate that ultimately they are detrimental to both the individual and society. In their stead, the novel proposes egalitarian educational paradigms for women and men, which would bring social justice as well as the spiritual and intellectual means by which to meet the life's many challenges. Although it was lost on reviewers, in the contemporary setting of the novel, the home becomes a paradigm for the state. The lives of its inhabitants are conditioned by familial and social education that conduct the individual either to a world of benevolence and mutual care or to one of conflict and mutual destruction. As with her other novels, reviewers of Lodore, by and large, ignored Mary Shelley's exploration of power and politics and confined her subject to the "secrets of the human heart." (From Betty Bennett's Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: An Introduction).

    Richard Garnett described Lodore as "remarkable for being...a veiled autobiography. The whole story of the hero and heroine's privations in London is a reminiscence of the winter of 1813. Harriet Shelley appears much idealized as Cornelia, and her sister's baneful influence over her is impersonated in the figure of a mother-in-law, Lady Santerre. By it Lodore is driven to America as Shelley to the continent. Emilia Viviani is also portrayed, probably with accuracy." From the Betty Bennett Collection.

    View all of [The Bennett Collection ]

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Books & Catalogs (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 0
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 846

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 27 days left to consign to the 2018 June 9 Featuring The Glen Swanson Collection of Indian War Relics, Including Little Big Horn Legends of the West Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $327,896