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FRANKENSTEIN: OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS... REVISED, CORRECTED, AND ILLUSTRATED WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION, BY THE AUTHOR.
London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street: Bell and Bradfute, Edinburgh; and Cumming, Dublin, 1831. Small octavo, pp. [i-v] vi-xii [1] 2-202; [1-2] [1-3] 4-163 [164: printer's imprint] [165-167: ads] [168: blank], engraved frontispiece and engraved title leaf inserted, original plum cloth, black paper labels affixed to spine panel, all edges untrimmed. Third edition. One-volume revised edition, first issue, first binding. For this edition, the standard text for most future editions, Shelley revised the text of FRANKENSTEIN and, at the request of the publishers, supplied an eight-page introduction on the genesis and composition of the story. This edition also has the first illustration of the monster. "FRANKENSTEIN is at once a Gothic horror tale and the first important science fiction novel. Its sustained popularity and place in modern myth is probably as much due to the innumerable stage, film, television, comic book and radio adaptations of it – most of which depart completely from the text – as to the strength of the work itself." – Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 8. Filmed numerous times, the first being the classic portrayal of the monster by Boris Karloff in the 1931 Universal adaptation directed by James Whale with Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein. This edition of FRANKENSTEIN, published as volume number IX of Colburn and Bentley's "Standard Novels," also collects the first half of Schiller's Gothic romance THE GHOST-SEER. "It is surprising how extremely rare in original state and in first issue are many of Bentley's Standard Novels" (Sadleir) and FRANKENSTEIN is one of the more difficult to locate among the first hundred volumes. An about very good copy, foxing to illustration plates, small stain to lower corner of first few pages, uneven fading/mottling to cloth, spine color faded, title labels are present and in good condition. Now enclosed in a custom made clamshell box.
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