Acquired through the Charlotte A. Felton Fund, the Opportunity Fund and the Stanford University Bookstore Fund.
Stanford University Libraries acquired a small collection (thirteen volumes) of British Regency Novels. While each of these interesting works fill in gaps in our holdings in nineteenth-century literature, perhaps the most valuable acquisition was Mary Shelley’s 1831 Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. Shelley originally published Frankenstein in 1818. However, this edition is the first to name Shelley as the author and the first to feature the now-famous engraving of the monster. In addition to the substantial revisions that Shelley made to the text, the 1831 edition has a new Introduction, which is the first appearance in print of the story of the genesis of Frankenstein in Switzerland.