SHELLEY, MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT Frankenstein or the modern Prometheus. Philadelphia: Carey, Lea and Blanchard, 1833. The first American edition, with "Shelly" for Shelley.
Two volume set. Original drab boards (21cm. tall) with cloth spines, featuring two sets of paper titles, both printed and manuscript; expectedly worn. Dampstaining to second volume, which has slightly shaken binding. Collated as complete, with two leaves of ads to front of first volume and twelve leaves of ads bound at rear of second. Ownership inscription to endpapers of both volumes, with library stamp for the U.S. Naval Lyceum to both title pages.
A presentation inscription from M. C. Perry appears to the front pastedowns of these volumes (dated 1842); presumably the same Matthew C. Perry who founded the Naval Lyceum in 1833, the same year as this first American appearance of Frankenstein.
Estimate $ 10,000-12,000
Property from the collection of Katherine Karamigios Metter, Morrison, Colorado