In what edition did Volo first appear?

I was talking to my friend about Volo's Guide to Monsters and he said Volo is from a previous edition. He wasn’t sure which, but said it was not from the 5th edition.

Did Volo first appear in 5th edition or is he from a previous edition, or something like a novel?

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    \$\begingroup\$ It worth noting that D&D editions share the same timeline and multiverse. Many iconic characters can be met through several editions' sorcebooks. This is also true for Xanathar, Tasha and Mordenkainen. \$\endgroup\$
    – enkryptor
    Commented Jul 16, 2021 at 9:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ @enkryptor that can probably be used in an answer (as amplifying information) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 16, 2021 at 11:12

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Volothamp Geddarm has been around for more than 20 years, having been generated by Jeff Grubb and used by Ed Greenwood in many 2e sourcebooks. The first Volo's Guide book was Volo's Guide to Waterdeep, published in 1993, though he was mentioned in the first 2e FR sourcebook Forgotten Realms Adventures (1990, page 44). You can find some more detailed information in the FR fandom wiki page.

  • \$\begingroup\$ 1990, so more than 30 years then? \$\endgroup\$
    – Milo P
    Commented Jul 17, 2021 at 4:25
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    \$\begingroup\$ @milo-p Did you have to remind us that we were getting so old? :-) \$\endgroup\$
    – ZwiQ
    Commented Jul 17, 2021 at 6:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ More than 20 years is also accurate =P As is more than a year >.> \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 17, 2021 at 19:25

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