WEIRD TALES ... A New Translation from the German. With a biographical Memoir by J. T. Bealby. London: John C. Nimmo, 1885. Octavo, two volumes: pp. [i-ix] x-lxxii  2-332; [1-8]  2-399 [400: blank] + 20-page publisher's catalogue dated "SEPTEMBER 1884" inserted at rear, flyleaves at front and rear, eleven inserted plates with etchings by Lalauze, title pages printed in orange and black, original gray bevel-edged cloth, spine panels stamped in gold, all edges untrimmed, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in purple. First edition of this collection. According to the "publisher's notice," "One thousand copies of this Edition have been printed and / the type distributed. No more will be published." One of the standard English translations of Hoffmann's short fiction. Collects eleven stories, all but one taken from DIE SERAPIONS-BRUDER (1819-1821). "Rivals Poe (whom he influenced) in his importance as a creator of the modern supernatural tale." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 204-05. "The celebrated short tales and novels of ... Hoffmann ... are a byword for mellowness of background and maturity of form ... they convey the grotesque rather than the terrible." - Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature, p. 45. Not all stories collected here are fantastic; includes "Signor Formica," perhaps Hoffmann's best historical tale, and "Mademoiselle de Scuderi," sometimes viewed as the first detective story. Barron (ed), Fantasy and Horror (1999) 1-69 and 1-71. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 1-40. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 827. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 1547-53. Survey of Science Fiction Literature IV, pp. 1848-53 (“The Sandman”). Tymn (ed), Fantasy Literature, pp. 97-8. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-164. Bleiler (1978), p. 101. Reginald 07315. Cloth lightly worn at spine ends and corner tips, a bit of soiling to cloth, still a clean, tight, very good set. (#137623).
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