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Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus.
Richard Bentley, London 1839 - 8vo, pp. [iii]-xii, 202, 163, [1] + engraved frontispiece. Modern textured green cloth in period style, black morocco label, marbled endpapers (using old paper), edges marbled. A little minor spotting, some light staining to margins of frontispiece. Ownership inscription of Kathleen M. Marindin of Mauritius, dated 1861, to initial blank. The third edition of Frankenstein was the final definitive text and the first version to have any form of illustration, specifically the frontispiece of Dr Frankenstein fleeing the room as his monster awakens. It was issued as part of Bentley's Standard Novels series as vol. 9, initially in 1831, then reprinted a few years later and again in 1839, making this the third printing of the third edition. Bentley padded out the relatively short text of Frankenstein in his series with a portion of Schiller's The Ghost-Seer, the remainder of this second work being issued in a separate volume, though few bothered to keep the two halves of Schiller's unfinished novel together. Copies of this printing are now scarce, with half a dozen recorded in COPAC and no copies at auction in the past 15 years, though the 1831 printing makes regular appearances in the rooms. This copy is relatively widely-travelled, having gone from London to British Mauritius by 1861, where it was in the possession of Kathleen Mary Marindin (nee Stevenson), the daughter of the 9th Governor of Mauritius, Sir William Stevenson, who married Francis Arthur Marindin in 1860. Sadleir 3734a; Wolff 6280a. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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