Hard Cover. Boston and Cambridge: Sever, Francis and Co, 1869. Very Good.
Early printing. Publisher's maroon cloth, decoratively ruled in blind to boards and lettered in gilt to spine, brown coated endpapers, publisher's ad tipped in at title page. A very good copy with fading to extremities and a touch of wear to spine ends, corners lightly rubbed and spine with a slight lean, bookplate to front pastedown, contemporary ownership signature to title page, light scattered foxing throughout. Overall, a lovely copy of a very scarce Frankenstein publication. First published anonymously by 20-year old Mary Shelley in 1818, Frankenstein is recognized as one of the first ever science fiction novels. The story is told through a series of letters from Robert Walton to his sister, beginning in the middle of his voyage to the North Pole, when Walton and his crew happen upon the lone, emaciated Victor Frankenstein in need of shelter. They take the stranger on board, and Walton slowly learns of his tortured past, from a tragic childhood to scientific experiments that eventually resulted in the creation of a monster who threatens his life.