Lost & Found, Bought & Sold: First Edition Frankenstein Inscribed from Mary Shelley to Lord Byron & More!


A rare first edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, inscribed "from the author" to Lord Byron is being offered for sale in London! Sealed bids are being accepted until October 3rd.


According to an article about this incredible find in Fine Books Magazine, "This presentation copy of an important book from one famous author to another bears witness to one of the most intriguing literary friendships -- as the legend goes, it was Byron who dared the teenaged Shelley to write a 'ghost story.'" See more pictures and a video about the book, being hand;ed by Peter Harrington Books, here.

In other news, a Nazi-owned Tibetan statue was discovered to be made out of a meteorite


According to Art Daily the statue was brought from Tibet to Germany in 1938 by a "Nazi-backed venture [which] set out for Tibet in 1938 in part to trace the origins of the Aryan race -- a cornerstone of the Nazi's racist ideology." The statue came to auction in 2007 and was recently analyzed by scientists who proclaimed the sculpture to be made of ataxite, a nickel-heavy iron meteorite. Read more here.

Speaking of sculpture, the British National Portrait Gallery has acquired at auction a marble bust of Thomas Hollis, an English defender of American independence, by notable 18th-century sculptor Joseph Wilton. Hollis was a friend Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. According to the NPG's press release, "Hollis lead the opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765, which sought to tax legal transactions of subjects who were denied representation in Parliament. This ultimately led to the American War of Independence." His importance to the American's cause is just now starting to receive scholarly attention.

Marble bust of Thomas Hollis c.1760 by Joseph Wilton, RA (1722-1803)

backed venture set out for Tibet in 1938 in part to trace the origins of the Aryan race — a cornerstone of the Nazis' racist ideology.

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The Nazi-backed venture set out for Tibet in 1938 in part to trace the origins of the Aryan race — a cornerstone of the Nazis' racist ideology.

More Information: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=58022#.UGpcNFF2M_x[/url]
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The Nazi-backed venture set out for Tibet in 1938 in part to trace the origins of the Aryan race — a cornerstone of the Nazis' racist ideology.

More Information: http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=58022#.UGpcNFF2M_x[/url]
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