The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Hardcover)
The only available hardcover edition of the fantastical story of the semi-mythical folk hero Baron Munchausen, who has delighted generations of readers all over the world. With a full-cloth, quality hardcover binding, a silk ribbon marker, and gorgeous illustrations by Gustave Dore.
Baron Munchausen was a real German adventurer known for his fondness for tall tales and exaggeration. But the exploits that Rudolf Erich Raspe attributed to him in his book, which he first published in London in 1785, quite clearly drew on folklore and on Raspe's own whimsical inventiveness. The Baron's escapades include a balloon expedition to visit the King of the Moon, an encounter with the goddess Venus, a battle with the Turkish army, and an enormous sea creature who swallows him up in the South Seas.
About the Author
Rudolf Erich Raspe was a German librarian, writer and scientist, called by his biographer John Carswell a rogue. He is best known for his collection of tales, The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen.
Gustave Dore (1832 - 1883) est un graveur dont les premieres lithographies ont ete publiees a l'age de douze ans. Il a tres rapidement acquis une reconnaissance internationale. Autodidacte et exuberant, Gustave Dore a illustre entre 1852 et 1883, plus de 120 volumes parus en France, en Angleterre, en Allemagne et en Russie. Decede en 1883 a l'age de 51 ans, Gustave Dore repose au cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise a Paris. Il a laisse une oeuvre considerable de plus de dix mille pieces.