Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelly
Illustrated by Barry Moser
Pennyroyal Press, 1983
Signed Limited Edition with Separate Portfolio of 52 Signed Prints
This is the critically acclaimed “Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus” published by the Pennyroyal Press, Northampton, Massachusetts in 1983 with a limitation of 350 copies with this being number 216. The Pennyroyal Press spared no expense in the production of Barry Moser’s Frankenstein which consists of a hand-crafted leather bound book signed by Barry Moser as well as a separate portfolio of 52 individually signed prints by Barry Moser which are housed in a linen chemise which together with the book are housed in a slipcase.
Barry Moser’s illustrations for Frankenstein are considered to be among his finest works. These high-contrast portraits and scenes showcase Moser's mastery, playing to the strengths of his chosen medium. Heavy shadows, rendered with subtle variations in line weight and spacing, create a sense of drama, and the flowing line work lends movement to the images. Frankenstein was acclaimed by the Grolier Club as one of its "Century for the Century" in their 2004 publication about the greatest printed books of the twentieth century. In addition to the three volumes of the 1818 text of "Frankenstein," this edition also includes critical essays by Emily Sunstein, William St. Clair, and Joyce Carol Oates as well as a publishing history by noted bibliographer Ruth Mortimer.
Measuring 13.75” x 10”, the book is bound in quarter leather morocco leather over cloth boards by Sam Ellenport at the Harcourt Bindery and feature a spine treatment of raised banks and leather spine label with calligraphic titling. The portfolio case measures 14” x 10.25” and along with the slipcase is bound in the matching maroon cloth.
The book is in FINE- condition with some slight darkening to the spine. The print portfolio and slipcase are in FINE condition.
Photographs of the book, portfolio, slipcase, and some stock illustrations of Barry Moser’s wood engravings appear in the photo section of the listing.