To commemorate the bicentennial of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein this year, Les Éditions des Saints Pères in Paris has published a limited edition, deluxe facsimile of the original manuscript in the author’s own handwriting.
“Frankenstein is a canon in the history of Literature,” said Jessica Nelson of SP Books. “But the original story is often lost on the modern public. Everybody knows the legend of Frankenstein but perhaps this has cast a shadow upon the novel itself. We wanted to publish the manuscript to pay a tribute to Mary Shelley, and the 200 years anniversary of the novel’s publication, but also to give the public access to the source of it all: the very manuscript that shaped 200 years of imagination and retelling.”
This limited facsimile edition was based on the original manuscript held in the Oxford Bodleian Library. While pricey at $250, for bibliophiles and sci-fi collectors the book offers glimpses into Shelley’s creative process, with marginalia by the author and her husband, the poet Percy Shelley.