1864 · New York
Rudolph Erich Raspe's dauntless Baron is presented here with => ten vibrant, hand-colored plates by English artist Alfred Henry Forrester (1804–72), credited under his pseudonym, "Alfred Crowquill." The plates, which include a frontispiece and title-page, bring to life some of the Baron's most well-known adventures, such as confronting lions, falling from the moon, and riding a half-horse. The text is also embellished with in-text illustrations and decorative initials.
The German writer anonymously introduced the nobleman, Baron Munchausen, in 1785 based on a real-life baron, Hieronymus Karl Friedrich von Münchhausen, who was known for telling inflated versions of his exploits. His fictional Baron also entertains by narrating his implausible adventures.
Binding: Textured blue cloth, front board with corner maple leaves in blind and elaborate gilt center medallion with lettering. On the spine, the Baron appears to be cutting the rope he's hanging onto that dangles from the Moon, with a lion and alligator waiting underneath him. Undoubtedly he'll come out alive! Bound as above; mild rubbing to extremities and rear board, spine cocked very slightly. Some occasional light foxing and general age-toning to interior. => Fantastic fun for lovers of adventure and art. (Inventory #: 39527)