London: William Tegg, 1869. Later Printing. Half-Calf. Extra-Illustrated reissue of the 1867 edition with all plates hand-colored. Small 8vo: xii,,268pp, "illustrated with five woodcuts by G. Cruikshank and twenty-two full-page curious engravings [but 37 (including frontispiece), some folding, one double-page]", and numerous woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary half-leather over marbled boards, spine elaborately gilt in six compartments between raised bands, black leather lettering-piece gilt, marbled edges and end papers. An excellent example: binding square, tight, and unworn; pages toned but plates pristine with magnificent contemporary hand-coloring. Cohn 584. Allibone II, pp. 1741-43 (for an exhaustive discussion of the tales's origins). Gove, p. 81 (citing Munchausen as the "classical example" of the "fantastically mendacious" Voyages Imaginaires). Lowndes III 1629-30 (for discussion of authorship). Wackermann (Münchhausiana), p. 177. Near Fine+. Item #BB1719
The actual baron, Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, Freiherr von Münchhausen (1720-1797), was an Hanoverian storyteller, some of whose tales were the basis for the The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. But it was Rudolf Erich Raspe, a German scholar and adventurer, "who used the earlier stories as basic material for a small volume published (anonymously) in Oxford, in 1786, under the title Baron Munchausen’s Narrative of His Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia. . . . Later and much enlarged editions, none of them having much to do with the historical Baron Münchhausen, became widely known and popular in many languages. (Britannica) N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).