Scarce horror classic title
E. T. W. Hoffmann ~ Weird Tales : J. T. Bealby (Trans.)
John C. Nimmo, London : 1885
The First UK printing published by John C. Nimmo, London in 1885. A 2 Vols. set. of the limited trade edition of only 1000 copies. Illustrated with Adolphe Lalauze etchings and translated from the original German by J.T. Bealby. The BOOKS are in Very Good++ condition. Handsomely rebound in half morocco with five raised bands, gilt titling and marbled boards. Matching marbled endpapers. A previous owner's ex libris plate on the front free end-paper of each volume. Top edges gilt. Some foxing to the edges and early and late pages. No inscriptions. Vol. I, has the Frontispiece (with tissue guard) and five illustrations. Vol. II, has Five illustrations. Hoffmann was a late 18th/early 19th century Prussian author of fantasy and Gothic horror stories. He is one of the best-known representatives of German Romanticism, and a pioneer of the fantasy genre, with a taste for the macabre combined with realism that influenced such authors as Edgar Allan Poe, Nikolai Gogol, Charles Dickens, Charles Baudelaire, George MacDonald, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Franz Kafka, and Alfred Hitchcock. Hoffmann's story 'Das Fräulein von Scuderi' is sometimes cited as the first detective story and a direct influence on Poe's 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue'. A very attractive set of this increasingly scarce collection.
CONDITION: Very Good++