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.
Jean de La Fontaine (1621 - 1695) is known today as the most renowned fabulist in history of literature, and as one of the most widely read French poets of the 17th century. He is known above all for his Fables, inspired by Aesop, Babrius and Phaedrus, which provided a model for subsequent fabulists in occident from the 18th on, and which have been universally taught in classrooms for the teaching of contemporary moral, wit and humor.