WEIRD TALES ... A New Translation from the German. With a biographical Memoir by J. T. Bealby. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1885. Octavo, two volumes, pp. [1-4]  2-359 [360: blank], flyleaves at front and rear; [1-4]  2-401 [402: blank], flyleaves front and rear, inserted frontispiece in volume one, original red cloth, spine panels stamped in gold. First U.S. edition. 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. Small previous owner's label affixed to the front free endpaper of each volume, volume one has two small stains on the front cover, light shelf wear to spine ends, and some fading to cloth on spine panel; volume two has light foxing to first two leaves, water stains to lower edges of text paper starting at page 296, light damp marks to cloth at lower edge of the rear cover, light wear to spine ends, and some fading to cloth on spine panel, still a sound, very good copy. (#156121).