Baron Munchhausen's Narrative of his
Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia, chiamato anche The
Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchhausen, fu il libro che dette maggiore fama a Rudolf
Raspe, Bibliotecario di Hannover e scienziato di vasta
erudizione, in questo libro rielabora alcuni scritti, da lui precedentemente pubblicati su
una rivista berlinese e che raccontano le comiche e iperboliche avventure
da lui attribuite ad un nobile realmente esistito, il barone
Hyeronimus von Münchhausen.
Fra i vari episodi inverosimili sono descritti anche due viaggi sulla Luna:
The Baron is made a prisoner of war, and sold for a slave
Keeps the Sultan's dees, which are attacked by two bears.
Loses one of his bees; a silver hatchet, which he throws at the
bears, rebounds and flies up to the moon; brings it back by
an ingenious invention; falls to the earth on his return, and
helps himself out of a pit Extricates himselffrom a carriage
which meets his in a narrow road, in a manner never before
attempted nor practised since The wonderful effects of the frost
upon his servanfs French horn.
ILLUSTRATION BY ALFRED CROWQUILL (1860)
I was now for returning ; but,
alas ! the heat of the sun had dried up my bean ; it
was totally useless for my descent : so I fell to work,
and twisted me a rope of that chopped straw, as
long and as well as I could make it. This I fastened
to one of the moon's horns, and slid down to the end of it.
A SECOND TRIP TO THE MOON.
A second visit (but an accidental one) to the moon. The ship
driven by a whirlwind a thousand leagues above the surface of
the water, where a new atmosphere meets them and carries them
into a capacious harbour in the moon. A description of the
inhabitants, and their manner of coming into the lunarian
world, animals, customs, weapons of war, wine, vegetables.