Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1833. First U.S. Edition. Two (mismatched) volumes.

Octavos, two volumes. Volume I: 4 pages ads, x, 11-201 pages. Volume II: [3]-197. A mismatched set of the first American edition of this legendary novel. Based on the 1818 text, though in two volumes. Author’s name misspelled on title page.

Both in good condition. Volume 1: Quarter-bound in publisher’s drab paper boards with brown cloth spine. Damaged label to spine. Moderate wear, including rubbing and shelf wear to boards, some peeling to corners, and a large amount of peeling to both the front head of spine and the rear lower fore corner. Front gutter largely open, with front board tenuously attached. Original printed paper spine label partially present, but entirely illegible. Half-title and title page present. Moderate foxing throughout; pages entirely uncut.

Volume 2: Bound in early 3/4 calf with boards covered in marbled paper; spine with black label and gilt titling. Moderate wear to boards, including general rubbing, wear to corners, and a chip missing to third panel from bottom along the rear hinge. Moderate water-damage, starting at the lower edge and extending upwards, covering approximately the entire lower half of the text block. Small ink lettering and an ink drop to front free endpaper; name in ink on title page. Lacking half-title. A faint Circulating Library stamp to page 5; page 20 with 'Cursed Creator' penciled over; handwritten ink Circulating Library markings to page 65; ink name to page 81; top margin of page 99/100 cut and missing with title present and page numbers missing.

  • w 5 x h 8 in ; w 4 x h 7 in

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