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, twentieth-century three-quarter black morocco and marbled boards, spine panel lettered and tooled in gold and blind, all edges untrimmed. Revised edition, first issue. 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. 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. 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. Neat signature of an early owner (Margaret Scott) on title page. Inserted engraved frontispiece and engraved title leaf lightly foxed (much less than usual), otherwise very clean throughout. A very good copy in a handsome binding. (#114633).