Linda Parr

MA MDP

Colour in Frankenstein

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. This book and Miserable Apparition have been accepted for display.

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.

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