SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft. WOLF, Leonard. The Annotated Frankenstein. Introduction and Notes by Leonard Wolf. Art by Marcia Huyette. With Maps, Drawings, and Photographs. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1977. First edition thus. Large quarto ( 11 x 8 1/2 inches; 280 x 216 mm.). xxviii, 356 (including index). Illustrated throughout by Marcia Huyette. Publisher's quarter black cloth over gray paper boards, front cover lettered in blind, spine lettered in gilt, pictorial endpapers. A fine copy in the near fine original pictorial dust jacket. "The powerful and disturbing tale of Frankenstein has never failed to ignite the imaginations of people all over the world. Most of us have been touched in some way by the familiar myth, either through one of the countless film versions of the story - running the gamut from Boris Karloff's original production in 1931 to Gene Wilder's recent "Young Frankenstein" - or from its various adaptations in other media. And yet, how many of us have read the real story of Frankenstein, the one that a young eighteen-year-old girl names Mary Shelley conceived in a version one dark and story night in 1816? Here, in The Annotated Frankenstein, Leonard Wolf, the highly acclaimed author of The Annotated Dracula, brings Mary Shelley's original version of terror to us and shows us that Frankenstein, which has been as under-read and undervalued as Bram Stoker's classic, is truly a work of great genius. Frankenstein; Or the Modern Prometheus is a monumentally tragic story of a manmade creature who is the terrible victim of one man's hubris. This creature is born ugly, so ugly that his own creator abandons him, so ugly that the whole world screams in terror at the mere sight of him. Left totally alone, he learns to survive by trial and error like Rousseau's primitive man and begins a pilgrimage in search of some measure of compassion from his creator and from the world. Finding none, this innocent creature learns to hate and moves on a relentless path of destruction, ultimately destroying himself as well. In addition to the complete text, in facsimile, of the novel as originally published in 1818, and Professor Wolf's annotations and a lengthy introduction, The Annotated Frankenstein contains over 160 photographs and drawings, an appendix of maps, a filmography, a bibliography that includes the English, American, and foreign-language editions of Frankenstein, a chronology of events in the novel, and a Frankenstein "picture gallery", showing samples from some of the illustrated editions of the novel that have appeared though the years (of which there have been remarkably few). Finally, there are twelve specially commissioned drawings by a brilliant young woman artist, Marcia Huyette. The Annotated Frankenstein represents the first time that an edition of Mary Shelley's novel has ever been illustrated by a woman. Ms. Huyette's drawings, of great subtleness and complexity, perfectly capture both the tragedy and the horror of Mary Shelley's many-faceted tale." (Introduction).