Berlin: G. Reimer, 1839.
2nd Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003673
12mo (135 x 100 mm). , 280 pp. Illustrated with 6 hand-colored lithographed plates (of which one bound as frontispiece) and 6 woodcut tailpieces, after E.T.A. Hoffmann. Contemporary red morocco backed marbled boards, spine with gilt ruling, original endpapers, marbled edges (small repairs to spine, some rubbing to boards and extremities, hinges showing, repaired chip to fore-margin of first flyleaf). Even light browning, occasional very minor spotting. Provenance: illegible signature to first flyleaf, gift inscription in German dated 1949 on second flyleaf; the library of Maurice Sendack*. A very good, clean and handsome copy. ----
SECOND EDITION of this famous collection of Romantic-era fairy tales, with the illustrations by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Christian Salice Contessa, E.T.A. Hoffmann and Friedrich Baron de la Motte-Fouqué teamed up to publish a collection of fairy tales early in 1815 and right before Christmas 1816 Georg Reimer in Berlin issued a first volume. The following year, a second volume appeared, but it took Reimer 23 years to publish a new edition of the fairy tales, this time in a single volume. The first edition is of utmost rarity.
The volume contains two of Hoffmann's most famous fairy tales, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." He wrote the entire text in 1816. By this time he also completed the three opening and closing vignettes. The colored illustration for the "Nutcracker" shows the title hero in a fight to the death with the Mouse King. E.T.A. Hoffmann's biographer and colleague Julius Eduard Hitzig claimed that this tale was written for his children (their names were Marie and Fritz, as in the fairy tale). Nevertheless, "Nutcracker and Mouse King" is not only for children and the public reception at that time was rather reserved. However, the text became Hoffmann's most frequently illustrated work. Peter Tchaikovsky's and Marius Petipa's ballet "The Nutcracker" certainly contributed to the extraordinary popularity. Beside the third contribution by Hoffmann "The Strange Child", this collection also contains "The Banquet" and "The Sword and the Snakes" by Contessa, "The Little People" and "The Kuckkasten" by Fouqué.
*Maurice Sendack (1928-2012) was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became most widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are. Hoffmann's influential unheimlich tales were very important to him. Sendak did the set designs for a 1983 production of the ballet Nutcracker and in 1984 produced a book version of his illustrations of Hoffmann's story, restoring its darkness and weirdness.
References: Goedeke VI, 473, 74 and 125, 60 and VIII, 489, 27; Rümann 670; Rümann, Kinderbücher 205; Salomon 346. Wegehaupt 1127. - Visit our website to see more images!
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