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Craig DavisonBy Craig Davison
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Craig DavisonBy Craig Davison
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AU$ 1,262
pledged of AU$ 5,000 goal
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backers
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, July 24 2018 8:25 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Welcome to our first project, a new edition of the 1818 classic Frankenstein to celebrate the bicentennial of its creation.

Why Frankenstein?

Mary W. Shelley, and an illustrated page from her version of Frankenstein.
Mary W. Shelley, and an illustrated page from her version of Frankenstein.

Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823. The classic novel has many lessons about the danger of unchecked innovation; lessons still applicable to modern society.

For all its influence through the ages, Frankenstein is a heavily read work, however it has received little love with many editions being mass produced cheap trade paperbacks. We aim to bring a quality limited edition print run which can sit proudly in the bookcase and be read and will remain long lasting.

A sample of Frankenstein's current circulation.
A sample of Frankenstein's current circulation.

What's different about this edition?

This edition is beautifully designed and durable. Its features include:

  • Original illustrations from 1837 edition.
  • Beautifully typeset with Los Feliz and Baskerville Old Face.
  • A Classic Crest cover and spine which keeps the book soft, archival, and made with recyclable paper. The cover is offset printed in silver on black.
  • A bookplate that includes a unique edition number for each book.

Our first priority is readability and elegant design, our books are laid out using specially chosen fonts and margins to best reflect the edition. Printed on the best quality paper to ensure the longevity of the book.

Pages 10 and 11, The Letters. There is still a lot of typesetting to be done.
Pages 10 and 11, The Letters. There is still a lot of typesetting to be done.
Front Cover Design - Mock up of front cover printed with silver ink on Classic Crest offset.
Front Cover Design - Mock up of front cover printed with silver ink on Classic Crest offset.
Paper Samples - Looking at paper samples for cover, internal pages, and bookmark.
Paper Samples - Looking at paper samples for cover, internal pages, and bookmark.
Pages 48 and 49 - Type set with Los Feliz and Baskerville Old Face
Pages 48 and 49 - Type set with Los Feliz and Baskerville Old Face

About the rewards

The Letter Pressed Bookmark - Comes with every book and contains a quote from the novel. The bookmark measures 2" x 6", and is letter pressed in silver ink on black paper.

The e-Book - Although we are looking to create a lasting printed edition which everyone can enjoy we understand that some readers do prefer electronic versions. Therefore, we will be offering the book as an illustrated e-book also.

The Book - This edition of Frankenstein has been custom designed in almost every aspect except the typefaces. The novel measures 5.5" wide by 8.5" tall perfect to fit in your hand. The book contains original illustrations by Mary and the text has been carefully typeset in Baskerville and Los Feliz.

The Bookmark - Beautifully letter pressed, printed in silver ink on black.
The Bookmark - Beautifully letter pressed, printed in silver ink on black.

Risks and challenges

If successful, this will be our first ever press run at scale, and there are bound to be a few small issues along the way as we find the best fit for our production requirements. Delays in production and shipping may occur, but we've intentionally given ourselves more time than we think we'll need to deliver your books.

We are thrilled to work with the Kickstarter community on our first project. Unforeseen challenges may always arise; if and when they do, we will communicate them quickly and fully with the Kickstarter community.

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