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Aventures du Baron de Münchhausen
Paris: Charles Furne, 1862. - Outrageous - But Very Humorous 'Tall' TalesThe First Edition Illustrated by Gustave DoréDORÉ, Gustave, Illustrator. [RASPE, Rudolph Erich]. Aventures du Baron de Münchhausen. Traduction Nouvelle par Théophile Gautier Fils. Illustrées par Gustave Doré. Paris: Charles Furne, [1862]. First edition with the Doré illustrations. Large-Paper Copy.Folio (12 1/2 x 9 inches; 317 x 225 mm.). 238 pp. Frontispiece and thirty-one full-page plates included in pagination. One hundred and twenty-six smaller woodcut illustrations in the text.Publisher's red cloth, covers and spine pictorially stamped in gilt, yellow coated end-papers. Slight wear to spine ends otherwise a near fine copy."No other illustrator ever came close to matching Dore's versatility. He went from horror to fairy tales to fine-art lithographs to comic adventure. This marked his third new publisher of 1862 - J. Hetzel, Goupil, and now Charles Furne. This quarto was a bargain 20 fr. containing 32 full-page plates and 126 vignettes. There have been about 100 editions of these lighthearted illustrations in French, English, Dutch, German, Portuguese Italian, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Ukranian, Yiddish, Hebrew, Latvian, Polish and Bulgarian. While most English editions list Gottfried Auguste Burger as the author, most French editions list only Theophile Gautier as translator, and many other countries list no author at all. The early French editions are about 9 x 13 and undated, but the first edition can be determined by the publisher name Charles Furne by itself, while the reprint editions list the publisher as Furne/Jouvet." Dan Malan. Gustave Doré - Adrift on Dreams of Spendor, p.63.Baron Munchausen (German: Münchhausen) is a fictional German nobleman in literature and film, loosely based on a real baron, Hieronymus Karl Friedrich, Freiherr von Münchhausen; 11 May 1720 – 22 February 1797).The real-life Münchhausen became a minor celebrity for telling outrageous tall tales based on his military service in the Russo-Turkish War. After hearing some of Münchhausen's stories, the writer Rudolf Erich Raspe adapted them into an anonymously published English-language volume about a fictional "Baron Munchausen." The book was subsequently translated back into German and expanded by the poet Gottfried August Bürger. The real-life Münchhausen was deeply upset at the development of a fictional character bearing his name.Raspe's book was a major international success, and versions of the fictional Baron have appeared on stage, screen, radio, and television. In addition, three medical conditions (Munchausen syndrome, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and Munchausen by Internet) and a logical problem (the Münchhausen Trilemma) are named after the character.Nigel Gosling, Gustave Doré, p. 21; Dan Malan. Gustave Doré - Adrift on Dreams of Spendor, p.63. [Attributes: First Edition]
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