THE GERMAN NOVELISTS: TALES SELECTED FROM ANCIENT AND MODERN AUTHORS IN THAT LANGUAGE: FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD DOWN TO THE CLOSE OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. Translated from the Originals: With Critical and Biographical Notices by Thomas Roscoe. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1826. 12mo, four volumes: pp. [i-v] vi-xi [xii-xiii] xiv-xx [1-3] 4-413 [414: printer's imprint]; [i-iii] iv [misnumbered "vi"] [1-3] 4-405 [406: blank] [407-408: publisher ads]; [i-iv] [1-3] 4-374; [i-iv] [1-3] 4-374, half title in volume one only; none called for in other volumes, early full leather, all panels stamped in gold and blind, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. First edition. "One of the handful of important anthologies of German fiction, emphasizing the supernatural, that appeared in the early part of the nineteenth century, reflecting and reinforcing the influence of this material on the Romantic movements in Britain and America. This collection of more than 1600 pages includes early legends (Reynard the Fox, Thyl Owlglass, the Merry Jester and Doctor Faustus [an abridgment of a 1599 work by G. R. Widman]), folk tales and popular traditions recorded by Otmar, Gottschalck, Eberhardt, Büsching, the Brothers Grimm and La Motte Fouqué, and stories by Musaeus, Schiller, Tieck, Langbein and Engel, including first appearances of English-language versions of weird tales by Tieck, as well as an obscure story by la Motte Fouqué. This collection preceded Carlyle's similar, and better known, four-volume anthology by a year." - Robert Eldridge. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-26. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1416. Bleiler (1978), p. 170. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 201. Wolff 5960. All half titles present where called for. Private owner's bookplates affixed to front paste-downs of all volumes. Leather scuffed along outer joints, mild wear at spine ends and corner tips, slight loss from crown of volume one, lacks the leaf of ads at rear of volume two. (#136033).
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