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About the Collection
Special Collections holds a large collection of materials related to the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Shelley’s Frankenstein. The materials in this collection include 18th and 19th century books on science and technology that likely inspired Frankenstein, rare early editions of Frankenstein, and a variety of modern materials that document the impact of Frankenstein in popular culture.
Items in the collections include:
- The history and present state of electricity: with original experiments, by Joseph Priestley, 1767
- Experiments and observations on different kinds of air, by Joseph Priestley, 1790
- Experiments and observations on electricity: made at Philadelphia in America, by Benjamin Franklin, 1774
- Elements of chemical philosophy, by Sir Humphry Davy, 1812
- Experimental researches in electricity: in two volumes, by Michael Faraday, 1849
- Frankenstein: or, The modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1832 This volume is the first illustrated edition of Frankenstein, and the first to contain the author’s preface.
- Frankenstein: or, The modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley with engraving on wood illustrations by Lynd Ward, 1934
- Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley; with pictures by Berni Wrightson and introduction by Stephen King, 1983
- Frankenstein, adapted and illustrated by John Green, 2010
- Frankenstein: the graphic novel, 2011