Hard Cover. Boston and Cambridge: Sever, Francis and Co., 1869. Very Good.
Third American edition. Original publisher's green cloth, decoratively ruled in blind to boards and lettered in gilt to front board and spine, brown coated endpapers. A very good copy with some wear, rubbing and fraying to the spine ends and corners, a small stain to the lower front board, contemporary ownership inscription to front endpaper dated "May 8th, 1874", hinges cracked and secure. A completely unsophisticated example 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.