The first edition of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ was published in 1818. Liverpool Book Art has an exhibition celebrating this bicentenary from May to mid-August in the magnificent Hornby room of the Liverpool Library. Two of my books have been accepted for displayDSC02836Colour in Frankenstein
Black-bound, hard-backed book , with black ribbon binding reminiscent of funeral.
The use of adjectives of colour echoes, and is often responsible, for the mood of a book. Colour is rare in Mary Shelley’s book, mentioned only sixty-one times.
This book has sixty one pages, hand-sewn in sections, with a page for each word of colour. The end papers list the colours, and they are the only words in the book other than the inset screen-printed title.FrankenFourMiserable Apparition                                                                                                   Frankenstein’s creation is innominate, its humanity denied, only ever called by insulting epithets and brutish adjectives. This book lists all those words, and then reinforces the mood by showing the proportions of words of colour, only sparsely used for description in Frankenstein. The closed book maintains the codex format but when open several of the pages can be seen at once making it suitable for shelf or cabinet display.              Screen and digital printing, with slip-case.

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