E. T. A. Hoffmann

German writer, 1776-1822

"Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann (commonly abbreviated as E. T. A. Hoffmann; born Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann) was a German Romantic author of fantasy and Gothic horror, a jurist, composer, music critic and artist. His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach's opera ""The Tales of Hoffmann"", in which Hoffmann appears (heavily fictionalized) as the hero. He is also the author of the novella ""The Nutcracker and the Mouse King"", on which Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet ""The Nutcracker"" is based. The ballet ""Coppélia"" is based on two other stories that Hoffmann wrote, while Schumann's ""Kreisleriana"" is based on Hoffmann's character Johannes Kreisler."

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Hoffmann, E. T. A.

writer (1776-1822). Autograph letter signed ("Hoffmann"). Berlin. 4to. 1 p. Double sheet.
$ 19,615 / 16.500 € (81544)

An autograph letter signed “Hoffmann”. The letter, written in German, concerns the score for his opera Undine, for which Hoffmann wrote the music. As translated, it reads:  “It would be my greatest pleasure to send you, dear Madame, score of the opera Undine for the intended use if I had it here in my possession. Yet that is is not the case, but the fact is that, thanks to a piano score that will shortly appear in print, I will have it ordered from Prague where it was released at an earlier date.

I am very sorry not to be able to contribute my assistance to the prank you intend to play on your uncle, my dear colleague. With my utmost respect, Yours devoted Hoffmann”. Although the letter is undated, it must be from around the year 1816, when Undine premiered in Berlin to great acclaim. This was a period of success for Hoffmann after many struggles during the Napoleonic Wars. However, Hoffmann’s career began its final decline by the end of the decade. On the letter’s verso is a later note in another hand “To Mme Pinckert, nee Jordan, This letter is most interesting and worth preserving for the reason that the already assumed, genial author was recognized for his merit only after his death through the writings he left behind and continues to be venerated as a most brilliant writer both here and abroad. Pickert August 1834”.  The letter has been professionally cleaned and restored; red wax seals do not affect any words..

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Hoffmann, E. T. A.

Schriftsteller (1776-1822). Autograph letter signed ("Hoffmann"). Berlin. 1 S. 8vo.
$ 33,286 / 28.000 € (60950/BN44956)

To his publisher Georg Reimer, about his tale "Das Sanktus", apologizing for the delay in sending this to him, stating that his friend Hitzig can testify to the fact that in the last three months an unusual mass of time-consuming work has made it impossible for him to think about anything else ("[...] Freund Hitzig kann es bezeugen, wie seit drey Monathen ein ungewöhnlicher Andrang von zeitraubender [...] Arbeit es mir als unmöglich gemacht hat, an etwas anderes zu denken [...]"). Hoffmann's famous tale "Das Sanctus" was published in the first volume of "Nachstücke" (1816).

- With two manuscript annotations to verso, one possibly by the recipient. Overall browning with some damp-staining affecting text..

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Hoffmann, E. T. A.

Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("Hoffmann").
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To the unnamed editor Georg Andreas Reimer (1776-1842) in Berlin, requesting the balance of his payment: "Ich bin in tausend Sorgen, daß Ihnen verehrtester Freund! mein vorgestriges Billett in welchem ich dringendst bat mir Ihrem gütigen Versprechen gemäß den Rest des Honorars oder wenigstens 50 rth Cour. zukommen zu laßen, nicht abgegeben worden ist, da ich mit keiner Antwort versehen worden bin. Ganz außerordentlich würden Sie mich verbinden wenn Sie die Güte hätten mir, da ich in diesem Augenblick einer Zalung halber in Verlegenheit bin, durch Ueberbringerin meinen Wunsch erfüllend mir das Gebetene zu senden [...]".