Gottfried August Bürger

Lenardo und Blandine, illustrated by Joseph Franz von Goez (1783)

Joseph Franz von Goez’s 1783 adaptation of Lenardo und Blandine “in 160 impassioned designs” may be the world’s first graphic novel. Based on a ballad by German poet Gottfried August Bürger , Goez’s book tells the story of doomed lovers Lenardo and Blandine in a series of captioned copper etchings. Bürger’s poem is itself based... more