AUTHOR: SHELLEY, Mary.
TITLE: Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, Revised, Corrected, and Illustrated with a New Introduction by the Author. Volume IX of Bentley's Standard Novels series.
PUBLISHER: London: Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley, 1831.
DESCRIPTION: FIRST PRINTING OF THE THIRD EDITION. 1 vol., with the engraved frontis and additional engraved title-page, and a new introduction by Mary Shelley, bound with the "Ghost-Seer" as issued. Bound in full black morocco, raised bands, gilt lettered spine, gilt dentelles, marbled pastedowns and endpapers, all edges gilt, by Bayntun.
CONDITION: Internally clean and bright, the binding is AS NEW.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: All first three printings of "Frankenstein" are scarce. The first and second printing of the third edition contain the first ever attempt to illustrate the Monster. In her introduction, Shelley contextualizes the creation of her tale: "It proved a wet, ungenial summer, and incessant rain often confined us for days to the house. Some volumes of ghost stories, translated from the German into French, fell into our hands… 'We will each write a ghost story,' said Lord Byron; and his proposition was acceded to"..... "And now, once again, I bid my hideous progeny go forth and prosper".