Lord Byrons Copy of Frankenstein found, signed by Mary Shelley!

Im September verkauft das Londoner Antiquariat Peter Harrington eine extrem seltene Kopie der Erstausgabe von „Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus“, die ursprünglich Lord Byron gehörte und eine an ihn gerichtete Widmung von Mary Shelley enthält. Zur Erinnerung: Mary Shelley verbrachte damals den Sommer 1816 in Lord Byrons Villa am Genfersee und schrieb dort während eines Ghoststory-Wettbewerbs ihren ersten Roman „Frankenstein“, der Urknall der Science-Fiction. Diese Erstausgabe mit Widmung ist quasi ein Teil der Ursuppe eines ganzen Genres. Holy Crap!

The copy at hand is one of only six copies given Mary by her publisher. Inscribed, it was mailed to Byron by Mary’s husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Lord Byron once recommended the book to a friend, saying, “Methinks it is a wonderful work of a girl of nineteen — not nineteen indeed — at the time”.

First edition copies of Frankenstein are rare and can fetch upwards of $100,000. Until now, only one other signed copy was known to exist, and although this new find is incomplete — originally published as three slim books, here, only the first volume has survived — it was inscribed to and once owned by Lord Byron who, as it were, attended the birth of Frankenstein. Given the remarkable provenance, this unique copy is estimated to be worth over £400,000 (roughly US$635,000).

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