New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1923.
Hardcover. "He is a wicked man, who comes to children when they won't go to bed, and throws a handful of sand into their eyes, so that they start out bleeding from their heads. He puts their eyes in a bag and carries them to the crescent moon to feed his own children, who sit in the nest up there. They have crooked beaks like owls so that they can pick up the eyes of naughty human children." --from The Sand-Man, one of the eleven "weird tales" you'll find within this crimson-clad 1923 edition, which collects the two volumes of E. T. A. Hoffmann's stories into one handsome volume. Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (1776-1822) was an author of fantasy and Gothic horror, a giant of the Romantic movement, credited with creating the first detective story, and the author of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, the basis for Tchaikovsky's ballet. At turns macabre and fantastic, eerie and suspenseful, these eleven tales include The Sand-Man (about a deranged alchemist and his automaton), The Cremona Violin (about an insane violinist), and Mademoiselle De Scuderi (robbery, murder, deceit, and a tragic love story), along with The Fermata, Signor Formica, The Entail, Arthur's Hall, The Doge and The Dogess, Master Martin the Cooper, Gambler's Luck, and Master Johannes Wacht.
7 3/4" X 5 3/8". 359pp, 344pp. Red cloth over boards, with upper board and spine lettered in gilt. Moderate wear to binding, with bumping to extremities, scattered rubbing, mild soiling, small tear to head of spine, and dimming to gilt at spine. Lean to spine. Front hinge starting to crack, with webbing visible; rear hinge tender. Previous owner's name to front pastedown, with information of David B. Clarkson Co. inked to same; David B. Clarkson Co. order form laid in. Scattered foxing to age-toned pages throughout, else unmarked. Good. Item #4234