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Byron's inscripted copy of Frankenstein found and sold

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 3:34 pm
by Cath
Thought to have been sold for a mere 350,000 GBP! Happily, although it was sold to a private UK collector, it will be shown in public apparently...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/9811878/Signed-copy-of-Frankenstein-found-by-chance-sells-for-over-350000.html

Re: Byron's inscripted copy of Frankenstein found and sold

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:42 pm
by Raphael
Glad it was found.

Re: Byron's inscripted copy of Frankenstein found and sold

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:38 am
by Cybele
Wow. What a find! And how exciting for the finder!

And do you know what I did? I'm such a nerd that I ran my fingers over the screen as if I could touch Mary Shelley's handwriting, and touch something she had touched. (I did it without thinking. -- I did really touch her plaque in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in Seattle.)

Re: Byron's inscripted copy of Frankenstein found and sold

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:31 am
by Cath
Cybele - I think that is perfectly normal behaviour :wink: . The writer becomes so much more "immediate" when we see their handwriting, particularly if it's a personal inscription.

Have you read a biography of Mary Shelley? I found it fascinating how conservative and reticient she became after Shelley's death - in fact she was almost a recluse, caring for and living for her only surviving child, Percy. Many attack her for not keeping up the radical beliefs of her husband and father William Godwin, and for somehow becoming less "original" and "experimental" in the many years she lived after Shelley died at 29... It's interesting to speculate how much of her reticience has to do with the terrible losses she experienced as her life progressed - estrangement from a once-close father, the premature death of her children, esp. the beloved Wilmouse (buried near Keats in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome!), the shock of Shelley drowning.

It was the anniversary of her death a few days ago on Feb 1. I hope to make it to St Peter Churchyard in Bournemouth one day, to see her and her mother's final resting place.