GERMAN ROMANCE: SPECIMENS OF ITS CHIEF AUTHORS; WITH BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL NOTICES ... In four volumes. Edinburgh: William Tait, Prince's Street; and Charles Tait, Fleet Street, London, 1827. Octavo, four volumes: pp. [i-v] vi-xv [xvi] [1] 2-337 [338: blank]; [i-iv] [1-3] 4-317 [318: printer's imprint]; [i-iv] [1-3] 4-309 [310: printer's imprint] [311-312: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank]; [i-iv] [1] 2-352, bound with the half title leaves, but without the additional engraved title leaves, near contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, leather title and number pieces affixed to spine panels, spines with five raised bands and dates stamped in gold at lower edges, top edges stained brown, other edges speckled red, terra cotta endpapers. First edition. A pioneer anthology of German Romantic fiction comprising twelve novellas and stories by Johann August Musäus, Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, Ludwig Tieck, E. T. W. Hoffmann, and Jean Paul Friedrich Richter. "A strong selection of material ... Carlyle's translation -- despite linguistic willfulness and Scottish locutions -- are still the best that have been done for these works. Outstanding stories are "The Fair-Haired Eckbert by J. L. Tieck, "The Runenberg" by Tieck, "The Elves" by Tieck, and "The Golden Pot" by E. T. A. Hoffmann." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 348. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-27. Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 167. Tarr A4.2.I-I. Upper spine ends of three volumes lightly worn, some scattered foxing and soiling to text, a very good, attractive copy. (#147327).

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