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 first to contain an illustration. First printing of engraved frontis dated 1831. The frontis depicts the creature coming to life. Bound in contemporary 1/2 tan calf.

CONDITION: Spine expertly relined with the original spine laid down. Text clean and bright 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 40 years.  The last one in 2000.

This printing was apparently issued with and without the additional engraved title-page dated 1831.  WorldCat locate 9 copies of the 1839 edition 7 without the engraved title-page and 2 with.