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Frankenstein (1839, by Mary Shelley)

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Everyone has heard the phrase “time is money;” this proverb has never been more accurate than in the case of this 1839 edition of Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. Once your average household copy of Shelley’s famous novel, this book is now worth a small fortune. Its ability to generate value simply by remaining intact is not the only special feature of this particular novel; it also includes two inscription written in the 18th century, the original binding, and a preface on the background of the story written by Shelley herself.

Explore related items in digital Special Collections exhibits at San Jose State University and at University of San Francisco! Both exhibits exist in a collaboration with the Santa Clara University exhibit to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Find our collaboration website here:

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