Mary Shelley. Frankenstein; or, the modern Prometheus. London: Thomas Hodgson, 1856.
Twenty-eighteen seemed an auspicious year to acquire our first copy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, published 200 years earlier, in 1818. Our edition is an 1856 London imprint, published by the Parlour Library. The Parlour Library, founded by the Belfast firm of Simms and McIntyre, and continued by Thomas Hodgson and others into the 1860s, produced a successful series of fiction reprints, . Advertised as books ‘for all’ they helped stimulate a demand for cheap popular novels. The purchase complements our 2019 Bibliography Week lecture, “‘The Horrors of My Secret Toil’: What Frankenstein Demands of Curators,” delivered by Dr. Elizabeth Denlinger in January.
Adoption price: $150.00