Baron Munchausen is a fictional German nobleman created by the German writer Rudolf Erich Raspe in his book Baron Munchausen's Narrative of . along the way; even the full-length Sequel to the Adventures of Baron Munchausen. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is one of the most famous book of tall tales. It is based on stories told by Karl Friedrich von Münchhausen. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Dover Fine Art, History of Art) Paperback – September 8, Baron Munchausen's astounding feats included riding cannonballs, traveling to the Moon, and pulling himself out of a bog by his own hair. The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

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Free site book and epub digitized and proofread by Project The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolf Erich Raspe. The Adventures of Baron Münchausen book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A certain eighteenth-century German noble. Adventures of the Renowned Baron Munchausen, Containing Singular Travels, They were, moreover, the earliest such children's book to be published in Engl. .

Even before this important consummation had been arrived at, a sequel, which was within a fraction as long as the original work it occupies pp. Humbly dedicated to Mr. Bruce the Abyssinian traveller, as the Baron conceives that it may be some service to him, previous to his making another journey into Abyssinia.

But if this advice does not delight Mr. Bruce, the Baron is willing to fight him on any terms he pleases. London, , 8vo. Such is the history of the book during the first eight or constructive years of its existence, beyond which it is necessary to trace it, until at least we have touched upon the long-vexed question of its authorship.

But as in most other respects it differs from the more ancient fabulous narrative in that its authorship has been the subject of but little controversy.

Many people have entertained erroneous notions as to its authorship, which they have circulated with complete assurance; but they have not felt it incumbent upon them to support their own views or to combat those of other people.

It has, moreover, been frequently stated with equal confidence and inaccuracy that the authorship has never been settled. Percy in his anecdotes attributes the Travels to a certain Mr. Munchausen also began with an M. Curious as is this long history of literary misappropriation, the chequered career of the rightful author, Rudolph Erich Raspe, offers a chapter in biography which has quite as many points of singularity.

He is stated also to have rendered some assistance to a young nobleman in sowing his wild oats, a sequel to his university course which may possibly help to explain his subsequent aberrations.

The connection cannot have lasted long, as in , having already obtained reputation as a student of natural history and antiquities, he obtained a post as one of the clerks in the University Library at Hanover.

No later than the following year contributions written in elegant Latin are to be found attached to his name in the Leipsic Nova Acta Eruditorum. He was shortly afterwards appointed Librarian in the same city, and in he married. His conclusion in this paper that large elephants or mammoths must have previously existed in boreal regions has, of course, been abundantly justified by later investigations.

In he made a tour in Westphalia in quest of MSS. In he was travelling in Italy on a commission to collect articles of vertu for the landgrave, and it was apparently soon after his return that he began appropriating to his own use valuable coins abstracted from the cabinets entrusted to his care. He had no difficulty in finding a market for the antiques which he wished to dispose of, and which, it has been charitably suggested, he had every intention of replacing whenever opportunity should serve.

His consequent procedure was, it is true, scarcely that of a hardened criminal. Having obtained the permission of the landgrave to visit Berlin, he sent the keys of his cabinet back to the authorities at Cassel—and disappeared. His thefts, to the amount of two thousand rixdollars, were promptly discovered, and advertisements were issued for the arrest of the Councillor Raspe, described without suspicion of flattery as a long-faced man, with small eyes, crooked nose, red hair under a stumpy periwig, and a jerky gait.

The necessities that prompted him to commit a felony are possibly indicated by the addition that he usually appeared in a scarlet dress embroidered with gold, but sometimes in black, blue, or grey clothes.

He was seized when he had got no farther than Klausthal, in the Hartz mountains, but he lost no time in escaping from the clutches of the police, and made his way to England.

He never again set foot on the continent. He was already an excellent English scholar, so that when he reached London it was not unnatural that he should look to authorship for support. Without loss of time, he published in London in a volume on some German Volcanoes and their productions; in he translated the then highly esteemed mineralogical travels of Ferber in Italy and Hungary. In we have an interesting account of him from Horace Walpole, who wrote to his friend, the Rev.

William Mason: I have sent him a little money, and he hopes to recover his liberty, but I question whether he will be able to struggle on here. He seems to have had plans of going to America and of excavating antiquities in Egypt, where he might have done good service, but the bad name that he had earned dogged him to London.

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The Royal Society struck him off its rolls, and in revenge he is said to have threatened to publish a travesty of their transactions. He was doubtless often hard put to it for a living, but the variety of his attainments served him in good stead.

He possessed or gained some reputation as a mining expert, and making his way down into Cornwall, he seems for some years subsequent to to have been assay-master and storekeeper of some mines at Dolcoath. In the course of or , he entered upon a task of much greater magnitude and immediate importance, namely, a descriptive catalogue of the Collection of Pastes and Impressions from Ancient and Modern Gems, formed by James Tassie, the eminent connoisseur.

Tassie engaged Raspe in to take charge of his cabinets, and to commence describing their contents: The two quarto volumes are a monument of patient and highly skilled industry, and they still fetch high prices.

The elaborate introduction prefixed to the work was dated from Edinburgh, April 16, This laborious task completed, Raspe lost no time in applying himself with renewed energy to mineralogical work. It was announced in the Scots Magazine for October that he had discovered in the extreme north of Scotland, where he had been invited to search for minerals, copper, lead, iron, manganese, and other valuable products of a similar character.

This was no other than Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster, a benevolent gentleman of an ingenious and inquiring disposition, who was anxious to exploit the supposed mineral wealth of his barren Scottish possessions.

Sinclair had some years previously discovered a small vein of yellow mundick on the moor of Skinnet, four miles from Thurso. The Cornish miners he consulted told him that the mundick was itself of no value, but a good sign of the proximity of other valuable minerals. Mundick, said they, was a good horseman, and always rode on a good load. He now employed Raspe to examine the ground, not designing to mine it himself, but to let it out to other capitalists in return for a royalty, should the investigation justify his hopes.

But when the time came for the fruition of this golden promise, Raspe disappeared, and subsequent inquiries revealed the deplorable fact that these opulent ores had been carefully imported by the mining expert from Cornwall, and planted in the places where they were found. Such in brief outline was the career of Rudolph Erich Raspe, scholar, swindler, and undoubted creator of Baron Munchausen.

The merit of Munchausen, as the adult reader will readily perceive, does not reside in its literary style, for Raspe is no exception to the rule that a man never has a style worthy of the name in a language that he did not prattle in. But it is equally obvious that the real and original Munchausen, as Raspe conceived and doubtless intended at one time to develop him, was a delightful personage whom it would be the height of absurdity to designate a mere liar.

Unfortunately the task was taken out of his hand and a good character spoiled, like many another, by mere sequel-mongers. Raspe was an impudent scoundrel, and fortunately so; his impudence relieves us of any difficulty in resolving the question,—to whom if any one did he owe the original conception of the character whose fame is now so universal.

Hieronynimus, who was born at Bodenwerder on May 11, , was a cadet of what was known as the black line of the house of Rinteln Bodenwerder, and in his youth served as a page in the service of Prince Anton Ulrich of Brunswick.

He kept open house, and loved to divert his guests with stories, not in the braggart vein of Dugald Dalgetty, but so embellished with palpably extravagant lies as to crack with a humour that was all their own. But it is more probable, as is hinted in the first preface, that Munchausen, being a shrewd man, found the practice a sovereign specific against bores and all other kinds of serious or irrelevant people, while it naturally endeared him to the friends of whom he had no small number.

He told his stories with imperturbable sang froid , in a dry manner, and with perfect naturalness and simplicity. He spoke as a man of the world, without circumlocution; his adventures were numerous and perhaps singular, but only such as might have been expected to happen to a man of so much experience. A smile never traversed his face as he related the least credible of his tales, which the less intimate of his acquaintance began in time to think he meant to be taken seriously.

Among these was Raspe, who years afterwards, when he was starving in London, bethought himself of the incomparable baron. He half remembered some of his sporting stories, and supplemented these by gleanings from his own commonplace book.

There it is given as follows: Faber clavicularius quem superius fabrum mendaciorum dixi, narravit se tempore belli, credens suos se subsecuturos equitando ad cujusdam oppidi portas penetrasse: Sed cum retrocedere vellet multitudine hostium obrutus, tum demum equum cecidisse seque captum fuisse. I shall confine myself rather to the greater and nobler objects of your attention, to horses and dogs, of which I have always been as fond as you are, to foxes, wolves and bears, of which and other game Russia abounds more than any other part of the world, and to such sport, manly exercises, and feats of gallantry and activity as make and show the gentleman, better than musty Greek or Latin, or all the perfume, finery and capers of French wits or hair dressers.

Nothing dates so quickly as topicality. Fortunately, the kernel of the stories has an enduring appeal that transcends these local allusions.

Where analogues can be located, they almost invariably come from continental Europe rather than the British Isles. For example, in the tale about the stag that grows a cherry tree between its antlers after Munchausen has fired cherry stones at it, the reference to St.

Hubert would have had little resonance in Britain, but much on the Continent. Hubert was a missionary in the Ardennes in the early eighth century.

Similarly, the tales involving wolves, bears and boars also posit Continental conditions.

That provides us with the striking episode in which Munchausen has to rest overnight in deep snow and ties his horse to what he thinks is the stump of a tree, only to find next morning, when the snow has miraculously thawed, that his horse is dangling from the weather-cock on a church steeple. Petersburg is situated. The precise form of these names does not matter particularly for enjoyment of the book, but it is symptomatic of British ignorance that they remain uncorrected.

The Lithuanian horse features in another much illustrated episode: it survives being chopped in two by a falling portcullis, and its front half drinks thirstily at a spring in the market-place, with the water immediately pouring on to the ground behind it. Not only this, though: the two halves of the horse are sewn back together with sprigs of laurel, the wound heals, and a bower grows out of the shoots, providing the rider later with ample shade.

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This episode is located in Oczakow Ochakov , a small port on the Black Sea and the lagoon of the River Dniepr, where the Russians fought a battle with the Turks in However, the area was not annexed to Russia until His inclusion of it in the Munchausen tales is valuable evidence of its earlier oral currency.

Raspe probably knew the German translation by Lorenz Kratzer. The geographical context in Castiglione is astonishingly similar to that of the Munchausen story, which, however, is somewhat different in details: 8 Baldassare Castiglione, The Book of the Courtier, trans.

So after they knew the one the other, making certain signes, the Moscovites beganne to speake aloude, and tolde the price howe they would sell their Sables, but the colde was so extreme, that they were not understood, because the wordes before they came on the other side where this merchant of Luca was and his interpreters, were congeled in the ayre, and there remained frozen and stopped.

So that the Polones that knew the manner, made no more adoe, but sited a great fire in the middest of the river for to their seeming that was the point whereto the voyce came hote before the frost tooke it and the river was so thicke frozen, that it did well beare the fire.

When they had thus done, the wordes that for space of an hour had beene frozen, beganne to thaw, and came downe, making a noyse as doth the snow from the mountaines in May, and so immediately they were well understood: but the men on the other side were first departed; and because he thought that those wordes asked too great a price for the Sables, he woulde not bargaine, and so came away without.

Increasingly, they allude to places in England and to English habits and public figures. The fact that the text prints a dash at this point invited the reader to imagine an indelicacy. Another tale concerns Munchausen being swallowed by a large fish while swimming in the Mediterranean, and a third centres on him being carried in a boat into an almond tree in a Nile flood.

His comments on the extravagant dining habits of the College shows the satirical aspect of many of the succeeding episodes coming to the fore. The adventures range far and wide over the globe and even to the Moon.

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Munchausen and his party were driven away by storm after a three-day stay. Johann David Wyss wrote his Schweizerischer Robinson for his four sons between , though it did not make it into print until and We shall be looking at the Swiss Family Robinson in more detail later. Kearsley of Fleet Street. Zoom in Original jpeg, k 2.

Who Outdid All Other Travellers. Related by Himself Symonds, The mocking dedication to James Bruce of Larbert , who published his Travels to discover the Source of the Nile in , shows how real contemporary explorations in places remote from Europe might seem very similar to the most extravagant imaginary journeys in the imagination of the times.

The Sequel, which is about the same length as what Carswell terms the Singular Travels, Campaigns and Adventures of Baron Munchausen, is full of digs at personalities and ideas of the time, most of which would have been opaque to children.

However, the concrete details of the fantasy would still have had an appeal for them. From the beginning of the nineteenth century the Sequel is generally included as an integral part of the Munchausen adventures. No reference is made in presentation or chapter headings to its separate origin.

The Edinburgh publishers W. Deas included a version in their New Juvenile Library in Mozley of Gainsborough and Derby , W. Fordyce of Newcastle upon Tyne, C. These are concentrated in the first half of the century, as chapbook production tailed off dramatically after about The episodic form of the original work allows for chapbook compilers to pick adventures at random from the expanded texts without having to follow a coherent narrative structure. This chapbook probably dates from around It has a hand-coloured frontispiece depicting the Baron with the crocodile and the lion, and there are seven further wood-engravings scattered through the text.She was some woman, she cheated on three different guys with me her brother, Ceasor and Anthony.

Sadler's Wells Theatre produced the pantomime Baron Munchausen; or, Harlequin's Travels in London in , starring the actor-singer-caricaturist Robert Dighton as the Baron; [88] another pantomime based on the Raspe text, Harlequin Munchausen, or the Fountain of Love, was produced in London in Jul 22, Noran Miss Pumkin rated it really liked it Shelves: Really, people will believe anything.

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Those who find the second section of the book - which leaves off the more straight-ahead tall tale type antics for some extended forays into a world-wide chase, diplomatic work, appearances by Don Quixote which makes perfect sense and the defeat of the spirits of Beelzebub, Rousseau and Voltaire along with a solution for the French Revolution - well, I see the point but I quite liked the different tack taken by the later section, allowing some good fun to be poked at the more political and social mores of the day The Baron is appalled when he discovers a race of Africans who run slaving raids on British shores, and how these natives justify their trade because they believe that white men have no souls!

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Raspe was also a chemist with a particular interest in tungsten. Or Jack Kirby!

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