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    The First Illustrated Edition of Frankenstein

    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. Revised, corrected, and illustrated with a new introduction, by the author. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. [Together with:] Friedrich von Schiller. The Ghost-Seer! From the German of Schiller. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. Volume I only of Ghost Seer! Third (first illustrated) edition of Shelley's Frankenstein, the first science fiction novel in English. Two works in one small octavo volume. [iii] - xii, 202; [ii], 163, [1, publisher's imprint] pages. With engraved frontispiece and title-page of Frankenstein inserted at front. Rebound to style in modern half black morocco over red marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, new black endleaves, contemporary marbled edging to text. Text and plates toned, some foxing to plates, repair to verso of final leaf of Ghost-Seer, not affecting text. Some embossed markings to plates, contemporary ownership signature ("John Barlow") on engraved title-page. Overall, a very good copy.
    Mary Shelley "revised [and] corrected" the text for publication by Bentley, and, at the request of the publishers, she wrote an Introduction, dated October 15, 1831, specifically for it, which is the first appearance in print of the now famous story of the genesis of Frankenstein in Switzerland in the summer of 1816. "I will add but one word as to the alterations I have made. They are principally those of style. I have changed no portion of the story, nor introduced any new ideas or circumstances. I have mended the language where it was so bald as to interfere with the interest of the narrative; and these changes occur almost exclusively in the beginning of the first volume [the 1818 first edition was issued in three volumes]. Throughout they are entirely confined to such parts as are mere adjuncts to the story, leaving the core and substance of it untouched." (Introduction, p. xii).
    Lyles B4a. Sadleir 3734a. Wolff 6280a.


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