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was founded January 1, 1973. We are one of the world's leading dealers in rare and first editions of science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a strong emphasis on autographs, manuscripts, literary correspondence, and original art. A small portion of our inventory can be seen on our website at www.raresf.com, a larger portion at our store at 720 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401-2602. (Regrettably our warehouse is not open to the public.)
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SHELLEY, MARY W.
Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus
London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. 1831 FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, revised,
corrected, and with a new introduction by the author. Two volumes. In the
introduction, Mary Shelley relates for the first time the circumstances and
origin of the tale. Also, in this edition, Dr. Frankenstein's creation is
depicted for the first time — We see the Doctor fleeing in terror from his
awakening monster. Bound with THE GHOST-SEER! by Schiller and EDGAR HUNTLEY,
OR, THE SLEEP WALKER by Charles Brockden Brown. This is the rarest issue of
this edition, as it is bound both with THE GHOST-SEER and EDGAR HUNTLEY,
rarely found thus. Contemporary half-calf and marbled boards, spines lettered
and numbered in gilt with strapwork tooling and three gilt ornaments each.
Marbled boards and their edges rubbed, endpapers foxed, engraved title in volume one shows
offsetting from frontispiece, some signatures a little jumped in volume one,
some minor soiling to a few leaves. CONSIDERED A SUPERIOR COPY OF THIS EDITION.
Last updated 06.13.2016