Shelley, Mary W[ollstonecraft].
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  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. 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. "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. Published as volume number IX of Colburn and Bentley's "Standard Novels," this edition of FRANKENSTEIN 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 notes (XIX Century Fiction II, p. 97), and FRANKENSTEIN is one of the more difficult to locate among the first hundred volumes. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 1-47; (1981) 1-150; (1987) 1-84; (1995) 1-84; and (2004) II-997. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 1-97. Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2019. Bleiler (ed), Science Fiction Writers, pp. 3-9. Cawthorn and Moorcock, Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 5. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1099. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 575-80. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 832-39. In 333. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-348. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 178. Reginald 13002B. Wolff 6280a. Sadleir 3734a. Uneven fading to cloth, spine panel sunned, some creasing and rubbing to spine labels, inserted engraved frontispiece and engraved title leaf foxed, small stain to lower corner of first few pages, an about very good copy. Overall, an above average copy of a book seldom found in satisfactory condition in the original cloth. (#111961).