Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Count Gosamer landed by Sphinx upon the Peak of Teneriffe

A fantastic link for the Adventures of Baron Munchausen:

So many different opinions have obtained respecting the authorship of “The Travels of Baron Munchausen,” and the motives for writing that work, that it seems desirable to append some explanation on both these points, to the present edition.
The general opinion appears to be that expressed by a writer in Notes and Queries (No. 68, 1851) “‘The Travels of Baron Munchausen’ were written to ridicule Bruce, the Abyssinian traveller, whose adventures were at that time deemed fictitious.” But the writer of the above article offers the best evidence for correcting this opinion; for he goes on to say, that he had for years sought a copy of the work, and had at last been successful, and describes it as “the second edition, considerably enlarged, and ornamented with twenty explanatory engravings from original designs,” and as being entitled “Gulliver Revived; or, the Vice of Lying properly exposed, printed for the Kearsleys, at London, 1793.” He also describes a second volume, “A Sequel to the Adventures of Baron Munchausen, a new edition, with twenty capital copper-plates, including the Baron’s portrait, humbly dedicated to Mr. Bruce, the Abyssinian traveller,” published by Symonds, Paternoster Row, 1796.

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