SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft - Frederick Schiller. Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus - bound with - The Ghost-Seer. (THIRD EDITION FOURTH PRINTING - 1839)


AUTHOR: SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft - Frederick Schiller. 

TITLE: Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus - bound with - The Ghost-Seer.

PUBLISHER: London: Richard Bentley, 1839.

DESCRIPTION: THIRD EDITION, FOURTH PRINTING, of the first revised edition of Shelley's masterpiece and the last to contain an illustration with the first printing of the engraved frontis dated 1831. The frontis depicting the creature coming to life. Bound in contemporary 1/2 red morocco, ribbed gilt decorated spine, top edge gilt.

CONDITION: Text clean and bright, no foxing or offsetting to the engraved frontis, a VERY GOOD copy.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 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"

Apparently quite scarce. Auction records locate only 3 copies appearing at auction over the last 30 years.  The last one in 2000.

This printing was apparently issued with and without the additional engraved frontis dated 1831. We can only assume that additional copies of the 1831 frontis had finally run out with this printing.   OCLC/WorldCat locate 9 copies of the 1839 edition 7 without the engraved frontis and only 2 with.