SELENE. Berlin: E. H. Schroeder, 1853. Small octavo, pp. [1-7] 8-128, original decorated brown cloth, front panel stamped in gold and blind, spine panel stamped in gold, rear panel stamped in blind, a.e.g., yellow coated endpapers, red ribbon marker. First edition. Peter Alexander, Freiherr von Ungern-Sternberg (1806-1868) was a German novelist, poet and painter born in Estonia. He was the author of historical and biographical novels, short stories and ironic tales. He published seven collections of short fantastic fiction and four fantasy novels between 1834 and 1862. "The most important nineteenth-century writer of fantastic stories was probably Ungern-Sternberg, a Baltic author who wrote numerous stories that reflect the division of the self between progress and reaction, the Classic and the Romantic, man and woman. His best collection is DIE NACHTLAMPE (1853-1855), but many stories remain uncollected." - Clute and Grant (eds), The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997), p. 75. None of his fiction appears to have been translated into English. Bloch (2002) 3001. A fine copy. Rare. (#152274).
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