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The “ Gem”
A Collection of World-famous Classics in dainty binding. Photogravure frontispicce.
Venetian morocco. Per volume, $1.00. RASSÈLAS. By SAMUEL JOHNSON, LL.D. RELIGIOMEDICI, ETC. By Six THOMAS
THE STORY OF THE CHEVALIER BAYARD. By EDITÆ WALFORD.
VATHEK: An Eastern Romance. By WILL
ABDALLAH AND THE FOUR-LEAVED
SHAMROCK. PARABLES FROM NATURE. By Mrs. ALFRED GATTY.
FRANKENSTEIN OR THE MODERN
PROMETHEUS. By MRS. SHELLEY. REFLECTIONS OF ROCHEFOUCAULD.
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The event on which this fiction is founded has been supposed, by Dr. Darwin, and some of the physiological writers of Germany, as not of impossible occurrence. I shall not be supposed as recording the remotest degree of serious faith to such an imagination; yet, in assuming it as the basis of a work of fancy, I have not considered myself as merely weaving a series of supernatural terrors. The event on which the interest of the story depends is exempt from the disadvantages of a mere tale of specters of enchantment. It was mended by the novelty of the situations which it develops; and, however impossible as a physical fact, affords a point of view to the imagination for the delineating of human passions more comprehensive and commanding than any which the ordinary relations of existing events can yield.
I have thus endeavored to preserve the truth of the elementary principles of human nature, while I have not scrupled to innovate upon their combinations. The “Iliad," the tragic poetry of Greece; Shakespeare, in the “ Tem