A certain eighteenth-century German noble ventured abroad and returned with a series of amusingly outrageous stories. Baron Munchausen's astounding feats included riding cannonballs, traveling to the Moon, and pulling himself out of a bog by his own hair. Listeners delighted in hearing about these unlikely adventures, and by the nineteenth century, the tales had been translated into numerous languages. The Baron's definitive visual image belongs to Gustave Doré, the artist famed for his engravings of scenes from the Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, and other literary classics. Doré's theatrical illustrations perfectly recreate the stories' picaresque humor. 160 black-and-white illustrations.