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[Raspe, Rudolf Erich], & George Cruikshank, illus. The travels and surprising adventures of Baron Munchausen. Illustrated with thirty-seven curious engravings, from the Baron's own designs, and five woodcuts. London: Frederick Warne & Co., n.d. [ca. 1920]. 12mo (18.6 cm, 7.375"). Frontis., xxvi, 268, [2 (adv.)] pp.; 36 plts., illus. $20.00
Baron Munchausen goes on a series of unimaginable adventures and survives to recount them all with an air of indifference. He attacks two bears, saves a woman's life, wins in a battle against a pride of lions, and becomes a prisoner of war, but that's just the beginning for the Baron!
There are 37 engraved plates "from the Baron's own designs," and five smaller in-text woodcuts from the celebrated British caricaturist and frequent Dickens illustrator, George Cruikshank (1792–1878). The text is further embellished by headers, tailpieces, and decorative initials. Issued as part of Warne's "Chandos Classics" series.
Provenance: On the front pastedown, a bookseller stamp for Bertrand Smith's Acres of Books. On front flyleaf, an indecipherable signature in ink.
Not in Cohn, George Cruikshank: a catalogue raisonné. Publisher's brown cloth with gilt decoration and lettering to spine; overall rubbed, corners bumped. Provenance marks as above; occasional dark staining along gutter and a few gutter cracks, some leaves with faint water-staining, finger smudges, and dust-soiling. Cruikshank is as impressive as ever; a copy that has been loved many times over and with much love left to give. (39453) Please RESHELVE This.
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