A copy of THE MONTHLY REVIEW, volume 85, containing an anonymous review that argues the newly published FRANKENSTEIN is unworthy of meaningful notice.
"A serious examination is scarcely necessary for so excentric [sic] a vagary of the imagination as this tale presents."
When FRANKENSTEIN was first published anonymously, it received little fanfare and mixed reviews. The negative reviews often attacked its unseemly premise and apparent moral ambiguity. This review, on page 439 of the April 1818 issue of the journal, remarks on the book's philosophical novelty, but ultimately finds it too outlandish to take seriously. A terrific copy, uncut in boards, offering a glimpse of the contemporary reactions to the revolutionary novel by the then-anonymous author.
London: Sold by J. Porter, Successor to the late T. Becket, in Pall Mall, 1818. Published in: THE MONTHLY REVIEW: OR LITERARY JOURNAL, ENLARGED: from January to April, inclusive [...] Volume LXXXV. Octavo. 8.75'' x 5.25''. Contemporary (or nearly so) paper boards. All edges uncut, largely unopened. Index at rear. viii, 544,  pages. University of St. Andrews device and "85" stamped on spine, "1818" written in later ink on spine.
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