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FRANKENSTEIN by  Mary Shelley - First Edition - 1833 - from Type Punch Matrix (SKU: 1002)


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by Shelley, Mary

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Philadelphia: Carey, Lea, & Blanchard, 1833. Very good plus. First American edition, in the original boards, of the book many consider the beginning of modern science fiction, a vengeful tale of a scientist's artificial human creation gone wrong. First published anonymously and to little notice in 1818, it wasn't until the 1830s that Frankenstein seized the popular imagination. This first American edition includes the preface by the author from the 1818 true first edition (now exceptionally scarce), rather than the more recent introduction of the 1831 edition. Inspired by reading "German stories of ghosts, " Mary Godwin (not yet Shelley) and her companions Lord Byron and John Polidori made a game of composing monster stories to pass the unseasonably cold 1816 summer at Lake Geneva. This introduction puts more emphasis on the scientific ideas undergirding the story, a trait which speaks directly to the book's status as a landmark in science fiction. A wonderful copy of this cultural touchtone from the first time it was produced upon American shores. Two 12mo. volumes, each 7.75'' x 4.5''. Publisher's original boards, with quarter cloth spines and printed paper spine labels, uncut. With both half titles; 4 pages of ads at the beginning of volume I and 19 pages of ads at the end of volume II. 4, x, 11-201 [1]; 197, [3], [19], [1] pages. Contemporary pencil ownership signature dated 1833 on front fly leaf of both volumes, early ink doodle on front fly leaf of volume I, faint early ownership stamp on front fly leaf of volume II, pencil note in shorthand on rear fly leaf of volume II. Housed in a custom quarter green morocco clamshell box. Expected wear to boards and paper labels, with some lettering affected, light to moderate foxing in text and a few signatures embrowned: remarkable in original boards.


Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, generally known as Frankenstein, is a novel written by Mary Shelley. Shelley started writing Frankenstein when she was 18 and finished when she was 19. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley's name appears on the second edition, published in 1831.


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Shelley, Mary
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second hand - Very good plus
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Carey, Lea, & Blanchard
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Science Fiction,Books to Film,Woman Author,19th century,English & British,Romantics

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First Edition
In book collecting, the first edition is the earliest published form of a book. A book may have more than one first edition in... [more]
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf.... [more]
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also... [more]
clamshell box
A protective box designed for storing and preserving a bound book or loose sheets. A clamshell box is hinged on one side, with... [more]
A duodecimo is a book approximately 7 by 4.5 inches in size, or similar in size to a contemporary mass market paperback. Also... [more]

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