Rare books by Mary Shelley, including first editions and signed first edition copies of Frankenstein.
Mary Shelley (1797–1851) was a Romantic novelist, best-known as the author of the horror masterpiece Frankenstein.
SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed to Alexander Blackwood.
Putney : 11 January 1845Autograph letter signed to Alexander Blackwood (attributed so by Bennett), in which Mary solicits, albeit unsuccessfully, for the publication of "a tale that has been confided to me from India". The author of the tale was a Bengal artillery lieutenant, Captain Sir James Abbott, who had already had his Narrative of a Journey from Heraut to Khiva, Moscow,... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 129803
SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed to John George Cochrane.
33 Somerset Street, London : 23 December 1829A very scarce signed letter of one page from Mary Shelley to John George Cochrane, the Scottish editor and publisher of the Foreign Quarterley Review, describing "M. Beyles' book" (Stendhal's Promenades dans Rome) as "so trite so unentertainingso very commonplace that I have found it quite impossible to do anything with it". This letter was likely written... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 120610
SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed to Frederic Mansel Reynolds.
33 Somerset Street, London : [December 1832 - January 1833?]A very scarce signed letter of four pages (latterly mounted in a die-cut paper frame bearing the legend "Mrs Shelley author of 'Frankenstein', daughter of William Godwin") addressing the novelist and editor of The Keepsake, complaining of a returned copy, and mentioning "one of the Keepsakes you sent me has pages omitted& is turned topsy turvy in the... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 120611
SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed to Harriet Boinville.
[84 Park Street : March-May 1841?]Autograph letter signed to Harriet Boinville (attributed so by Bennett), sister-in-law to the radical vegan John Frank Newton. In 1813 Percy Shelley had been close friends with the Boinvilles when married to Harriet Westbrook, and he had also been in love with Harriet Boinville's daughter. Mary's letter to Boinville is full of interest, discussing the... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 129798
SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter signed.
October 1843An unpublished autograph letter from Mary Shelley to the publishers Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans. Dated October 1843, White Cottage, Putney, where she had moved the previous month, she requests some specific volumes from Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopædia, a project to which she had contributed a few years prior. This letter was recently extracted from... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 146431
SHELLEY, Mary. Autograph letter to Marianna Hammond.
Putney : 4 February Autograph letter, incomplete or at least unsigned, to Marianna Hammond, a friend of Claire Clairmont, relating Claire's health and problems with inheritance after the death of Sir Timothy Shelley. Mary also relates a piece of contemporary gossip about the death of Lady Elizabeth Aldborough (who married the third earl in 1777): "She sent for a doctor... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 129994
SHELLEY, Mary. Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus.
London : 1888A lovely example of Routledge's Pocket Library edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Shelley's pioneering work was first published in 1818. The definitive, expanded, text, which includes a new chapter and the celebrated Preface in which she describes the novel's genesis in the nocturnal storytelling session at the Villa Diodati, was published in 1831,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143253