Destination Special Collections : Paradise Lost

This copy of John Milton’s Paradise Lost contains 24 illustrations created especially for this publication, by famed British artist John Martin. Influences from this epic poem, detailing the biblical creation and fall of man, are evident throughout Frankenstein. Shelley included a line from the poem on the title page of the 1818 edition of Frankenstein,  

“Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay

To mould me man? Did I solicit thee

From darkness to promote me?”