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    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus bound with Volume I of Friedrich Schiller's The Ghost-Seer (London: Richard Bentley (Successor to Henry Colburn), 1836), third edition revised, 365 pages (Frankenstein: 202 pages, The Ghost-Seer: 163 pages), 8vo, orange-brown cloth binding with brown laminate over boards, deckled fore-edge. Frankenstein has 1831 frontispiece and title page bound in and includes the 1831 introduction by Mary Shelley.

    The poet, dramatist, philosopher, and historian Friedrich Schiller (1759-1805) stands with his close friend and literary collaborator, Goethe, at the forefront of German literature. His writings, particularly his tragedies, represent the full flowering of the classic tradition in 18th-century Germany. The overriding theme in Schiller's work is liberty and dignity for all, and the skill of his rhetoric-its vigor and power to inspire an audience with these lofty ideals-has rarely been surpassed in dramatic literature. Among his masterpieces are William Tell, his last completed play, about the national liberation of Switzerland from Austrian tyranny, and the Ode to Joy, 1785, later immortalized by Beethoven in his Ninth Symphony.

    This copy of the double-bound edition of Frankenstein and The Ghost Seer has a library stamp and bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. The book is good, with some bumping to the top and bottom edge of the back board and corners, with general soiling and sunning at the edges of the boards. Spine labels are chipped, and the volume displays light foxing throughout. Otherwise, the text is clean and tight. From the Betty Bennett Collection.

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