FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS. By Mary W. Shelly [sic], Author of 'The Last Man,' 'Perkin Warbeck,' &c.

Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard ... Chestnut St., 1833. 12mo, two volumes: pp. [1-2] i-x [11] 12-201 [202-204: blank]; [1-5] 6-197 [198-200: blank] + 4 pages of ads inserted at front of volume one and [24]-page publisher's catalogue inserted at rear of volume two, half title leaves and final blanks present in both volumes, original drab boards with red muslin shelf backs, printed paper labels affixed to spine panels, all edges untrimmed. First U.S. edition. The text of this edition follows that of the 1818 UK first edition; it is a pirated edition according to Lyles. "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. 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 Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 367. Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1099. Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 379-82. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 575-80. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 832-39. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-348. In 333. Bleiler (1978), p. 178. Reginald 13002. Lyles B6a. Spine panels sunned, several damp stains to boards, largely bottom quarter of volume one. A contemporary William Crosby & Co. circulating library copy with their labels (partially effaced) affixed to front paste-downs, abrasions and scuffs to paste-downs where paper protective dust jackets were removed, volume two lacks front free endpaper, contemporary owner's name and date on recto of half title leaf of volume two partially inked out with some transfer of ink onto title leaf, scattered foxing to text blocks of both volumes. Despite all faults, an unsophisticated copy, which presents well externally. As an added bonus, there are some marginalia in pencil and ink on pages 179, 196 and 197 by three contemporary readers, one terming the story "a damned lie," another calling it "the most ridiculous book that ever was written," and the third calling it "profound" and the earlier readers "stupid." Enclosed in a custom quarter leather folding box. (#75682).

Price: $17,500.00

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