First edition, first impression. Three volumes. Contemporary cream pigskin with gilt titles and tooling to the spine and gilt tooling to the inner dentelles and board edges. All edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Each volume has a different engraved title page depicting one of the stories. All volumes are in better than very good condition, their bindings square and firm, a little sunned to the spines, with some light rubbing to the board and spine edges. The contents of each volume, with the Sherborne House library bookplate to the front free endpaper, are clean and bright throughout. An exceptionally well presented set.
An important collection of folk tales, fairy tales, ghost and horror stories originating mainly from Germany, which, though uncredited, are written by authors such as Friedrich De La Motte-Fouque, Johann Goethe, Johann August Apel, Ludwig Tieck, and Johann Karl August Musaus. The stories are wide-ranging and are populated by elves, ghostly barbers, enchanted castles, and vampires. Many are published here in the UK for the first time. Comprising, Volume I: The Treasurer-Seeker; The Bottle-Imp; The Sorcerers; The Enchanted Castle; Wake Not The Dead. Volume II: The Spectre Barber; The Magic Dollar; The Collier's Family; The Victim Of Priestcraft; Kibitz. Volume III: The Field Of Terror; Elfin-Land; The Tale; The Fatal Marksman; The Hoard Of The Nibelungen; The Erl-King's Daughter. Provenance: John Baron Dutton, 2nd Baron Sherborne (24 June 1779 – 18 October 1862) Sherborne House library, bookplate.
Stock code: 17606