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Shelley's Frankenstein I Shall Commit My Thoughts to Paper

Shelley's Frankenstein I Shall Commit My Thoughts to Paper

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  • Wed 7 Feb ’18, 5:30pm – 6:30pm


Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


National Library

The first of the Alexander Turnbull Library Curatorial Summer Series 2018 features the Curator of Rare Books & Fine Printing, Anthony Tedeschi discussing Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the ATL collections first edition copy.

2018 marks the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Her novel about the devastating consequences stemming from the abuse of scientific knowledge became a bestseller in Shelley’s lifetime and went on to become one of the most famous works in English literature, translated into over 100 languages and adapted for stage, screen and music.

The Alexander Turnbull Library is the only Australasian institution to hold a first edition of this remarkable work. Please join Anthony Tedeschi (Curator Rare Books & Fine Printing) as he discusses the appearance of the first edition in 1818 and traces the history of the Turnbull copy, its ownership and annotations, and how it came into the library’s possession.

Anthony has been with the Turnbull as Curator Rare Books & Fine Printing since 2015. He holds advanced degrees in English Literature and Library Science, with a specialisation in rare books librarianship, and has published on various aspects of book history.

Most recently, he was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to undertake research overseas into the book-collecting practices of Alexander Turnbull, whose bequest 100 years ago and continuing legacy are being celebrated this year.

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