Frankenstein

by Shelley, Mary

Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus is a Gothic novel written by Mary Shelley in 1818. The story revolves around Victor Frankenstein, a scientist who creates a monstrous creature and immediately regrets his actions, abandoning the creature to its own devices. The creature, seeking acceptance and revenge, terrorizes Victor and those he loves. Themes of ambition, ethics, humanity, and loneliness are explored through Shelley's vivid descriptions of the natural world and her characters' psychological torment. Frankenstein remains a classic of Gothic literature and a seminal work of science fiction.

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin wrote the first draft of her groundbreaking novel in 1816, while on a trip to Lake Geneva with her soon-to-be husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and poet Lord Byron. They were stuck indoors during famously known as the Year Without a Summer.

First Edition Identification

A small London publishing house, Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, first printed Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus in a limited series of just 500 copies on January 1, 1818. By then, Mary was just 20 years old. The first edition was published anonymously in 1818, with a preface by Percy B. Shelley and a dedication to Mary’s father, philosopher William Godwin. Mary Shelley didn’t publicly claim her novel until years later, and her name appears in the second edition, published in 1823. First edition original pasteboards were in blueish gray.

First editions are very scarce and exceptionally rare on the market. In 2021 one of the first 500 copies of the novel was sold at auction for $1.17 million. It was the first Frankenstein first edition copy to be auctioned since 1985.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is considered today one of the world’s first science-fiction novels, which addresses key questions of what it means to be human. All first three printings of Frankenstein are scarce and very desirable for collectors. 

In 1831, Mary Shelley published a revised edition with several narrative changes. This 1831 text is the one that’s most widely known. Shelley also added an introduction, in which she describes how the story of Frankenstein came to be and removed the Paradise Lost epitaph that was on the title page of the 1818 edition.

The first illustrated edition was published in two volumes by Colburn and Bentley, London in 1831, illustrated by Theodor von Holst and engraved by William Chevalier. 

Among other collectible editions of Frankenstein is the one done by artist and graphic novel pioneer Lynd Ward in 1934. In 2022 Angela Barret illustrated a Folio Society edition of Frankenstein limited to 750 copies, signed by the artist.  

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Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus; The Ghost Seer; Edgar Huntley
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by Shelley, Mary; Schiller, Friedrich; Brown, Charles Brockden.

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Frankenstein

by Shelley, Mary

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Original Hardcover. Publisher: Modernista | 2020 | Original Hardcover | 238 p. | This book is brand new. | Original title: Frankenstein; or, The modern Prometheus | Translator: Pyk, Anna | Series: Modernista klassiker | Language: Svenska | We have this book in our store house - please allow for a couple of extra days for delivery.
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Frankenstein (Folio Numbered Limited Edition)
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by Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus Mary Shelley Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is an 1818 novel written by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818,… Read more about this item
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Frankenstein

by mary shelley

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Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus. [With Slipcase And Sandglass Booklet]

Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus. [With Slipcase And Sandglass Booklet]

by Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft; Introduction By Edmund Lester Pearson, Illustrations By E. Everett Henry

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New York: The Heritage Press, 1934. Hardcover. Near Fine/Slipcase. Illustrations from the Screenplay. Xix, 257 Pp. Cloth Stamped In Purple. Undated, Copyright 1934, Reproducing The Limited Editions Club Publication Of That Year. A Solid, Clean, Unmarked Book, In A Very Worn Slipcase With Splits And Missing Half F Closed Rear Panel. With The Heritage Club Sandglass V:18… Read more about this item
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by Mary Shelley

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200 years after it was first published, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has stood the test of time as a gothic masterpiece—a classic work of humanity and horror that blurs the line between man and monster... The story of Victor Frankenstein and the monstrous creature he created has held readers spellbound ever since it was published two centuries ago. On the surface, it… Read more about this item
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by Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein

Frankenstein

by Shelley, Mary

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Frankenstein (with) Denis Duval (

Frankenstein (with) Denis Duval ("Caxton" edition)

by Mary Shelley

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Chicago: Belford, Clarke and Company, 1890. Hardcover. Very Good. Hardcover in ornately decorated tan cloth with "Caxton Edition" on the front cloth. No date but known to be 1890. 713 pp. Two volumes in one, the first being "Frankenstein" with Preface and "Preface to the Last London Edition"; the second being the novel Denis Duval. A tight copy,… Read more about this item
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Frankenstein (Collins Classics)

by Mary Shelley

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by Shelley, Mary

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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
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by Mary Shelley

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Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press, (1984). Quarto (12 x 9 inches). 254 pages. Hardcover. Fine in like dustwrapper. First trade edition, first printing. Based on the Pennyroyal Edition as designed and illustrated by Barry Moser. An excellent copy.
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Frankenstein

by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

by SHELLEY, Mary

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West Hatfield: Pennyroyal, 1983. Limited. hardcover. fine. Moser, Barry. Based on the 1818 first edition. 52 woodcut plates by Barry Moser, and with Essays by Ruth Mortimer, Emily Sunstein, Joyce Carol Oates and William St. Clair. Folio, half tan morocco with leather spine label over maroon linen boards, in matching cloth slipcase. West Hatfield: Pennyroyal Press, 1983. Limited… Read more about this item
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by Shelley, Mary

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Frankenstein

by Mary Shelley

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by Shelley, Mary

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