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Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.
London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley,, 1831. Revised, corrected, and illustrated with a new introduction, by the author. Octavo (157 x 98 mm). Contemporary green straight-grain morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt in compartments, elaborate frame blocked in blind to covers within double ruled gilt frame, turn-ins and edges gilt, green coated endpapers. Engraved frontispiece and title page by Theodor von Holst. Contemporary ownership inscription to second free binder's blank. A little judicious repair to spine ends, hinges repaired, skilful paper restoration to rear free endpaper and p. v. Slight fading to rear board, minor rubbing to tips, light browning to plates, occasional marginal foxing; an excellent copy. Third and first illustrated edition. The third edition has Shelley's final definitive text and was the first truly popular edition of the novel. In it Mary Shelley incorporated most of the changes introduced by William Godwin into the 1823 second edition, as well as numerous other revisions, including an entirely new chapter, and the famous "Introduction" in which she elaborates the tale of the novel's genesis at the nocturnal storytelling session with Shelley, Byron and Polidori at the Villa Diodati. Mary lived for twenty more years, but the 1831 edition is her final text revision. The frontispiece is the first visual depiction of Frankenstein and the Creature. The novel was issued in Bentley's Standard Novels Series, with the final third of the text in the volume printing the first part of The Ghost-Seer, which is completed in the second volume and is more often than not missing.
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