Chapbooks: Baron Munchausen

One of the groovy discoveries I made when researching Chapbooks at the University of Glasgow's Special Collections archives was this little treasure - a chapbook of The Suprising Adventures, Miraculous Escapes, and Wonderful Travels of the Renowned Baron Munchausen, who was carried on the back of an Eagle over France to Gibraltar, etc, etc. What a title!
Remember the movie made from this story back in 1988? (Well, I do anyhow.)
      Authors of Chapbooks were often a mystery, but according to Wikipedia, the Baron is "a fictional German nobleman created by the German writer Rudolf Erich Raspe in his 1785 book Baron Munchausen's Narrative of his Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia. The character is loosely based on a real baron, Hieronymus Karl Friedrich, Freiherr von Münchhausen (German: 1720–1797)."
     I don't know that you'll be able to read it, but I thought I'd share at any rate. Click each image below to open a larger version in a new window to read.

To read more about Glasgow's collection of Chapbooks, visit Read more about the Toy Books in particular at

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