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Title: Frankenstein Moser

Frankenstein Moser

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Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, illustrated by Barry Moser | bound by artist in 2018 |private collection

University of California Press, Berkeley, 1984. First printing.

Vellum over boards: goat processed by binder and classmates at Pergamena. Lightning design in pochoir with acrylic. Hand-titling in palladium and various shades of gold leaf. Three-color, hand-sewn silk endbands, graphite head sprinkled with gold and palladium. St. Armand flexi endpapers. Dust jacket bound in rear. Lightning image derived from Natasha Sinegina (CC-SA4.0).

12 x 9 x 1”
30.5 x 23 x 3 cm

Unlike numerous film versions, Shelley’s text does not detail the process or the moment when Dr. Frankenstein “infused a spark of being” into his creation. Still electricity, lightning, storms and fire are recurring motifs throughout the text.