Berkeley, California: CODEX Foundation, 2015. 5.5 x 7.75 inches. paperback pamphlet. 24 pages. Number nine of the CODE(X)+1 Monograph Series. The Mechanical Word is an extended essay on the eponymous five volume artwork by the London based artist Karen Bleitz, a founding member of the ARC collaborative that grew out of Ron King's legendary Circle Press. It is illustrated throughout in black, white, and red, and contains four pages of full color photographs. "Whenever asked... READ MORE about THE MECHANICAL WORD
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New Castle and London: Oak Knoll Press and Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 2013. 5.5 x 8.75 inches. paperback. 96 pages. Published in celebration of Nicolas Barker's eightieth birthday, this bibliography serves both as a collection of his writings and as a tribute to one who has inspired so wide and deep affection in so many. Nicolas Barker's first bibliographical articles and reviews appeared in 1959. John Hayward, then the Editor of The Book Collector, was quick... READ MORE about NICOLAS BARKER AT EIGHTY: A LIST OF HIS PUBLICATIONS TO MARK HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY IN 2012
Worchester: American Antiquarian Society, 1991. 7.25 x 10.25 inches. cloth, dust jacket. x, 271 pages. First edition. Contains an anthology of documents and first-hand accounts by Justin Schiller, Marcus McCorison, Robert Mathiesen, and others who represent institutions and individuals that were involved in the story of Mark Hofmann's "Oath of a Freeman" forgery. Illustrated with facsimiles. READ MORE about THE JUDGMENT OF EXPERTS, ESSAYS AND DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION OF THE FORGING OF THE OATH...
New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 2003. small 4to. stiff paper wrappers. x, 228 pages. First edition, third printing with corrections. An excellent study of writing and writing materials for the penman, collector, and document detective. The author traces the development of writing and writing materials from the ancient cuneiform tablet to today's historical documents. This work is essential for all calligraphers, archivists, literary historians and document examiners. Over one hundred illustrations. READ MORE about PEN, INK, & EVIDENCE: A STUDY OF WRITING AND WRITING MATERIALS FOR THE PENMAN, COLLECTOR, AND...
New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 1998. 8vo. cloth, dust jacket. 200 pages. First English translation of the 1870 edition. On a cold, damp day in February 1870, the Correctional Tribunal of Paris sentenced Vrain-Denis Lucas to prison for forging and selling over 27,000 historical letters to many of France's leading collectors. The sensational trial exposed the most colossal literary fraud ever perpetrated. The trial revealed that for 19 years Lucas created fake literary masterpieces... READ MORE about PRINCE OF FORGERS
Austin, TX: W. Thomas Taylor, 1991. 7.25 x 10.25 inches. hardcover. xix, 159 pages. First edition. With an introduction by Larry McMurtry. Describes the history and impact of various forged Texas documents. Mr. Taylor, who was instrumental in uncovering the forgeries, includes his own evidence, which made him suspect forgery. The forged and original documents are described in detail. The text includes an up-to-date census of each document as well as plates that illustrate differences... READ MORE about TEXFAKE, AN ACCOUNT OF THE THEFT AND FORGERY OF EARLY TEXAS PRINTED DOCUMENTS
London: The Bibliographical Society, 1959. 6.5 x 9.75 inches. Paperback. 50 pages. This text contains within the details of Thomas J. Wise's theft of a multitude of pages from various plays and dramas that were held at several prestigious libraries and museums across England. These locations include the British Museum, the Ashley Library and the Wrenn Library at Cambridge. Wise's theft of numerous pages from more than 80 different plays and dramas has totaled into... READ MORE about THOMAS J. WISE AND THE PRE-RESTORATION DRAMA
Sydney: Hordern House, 2008. 9.5" x 6.5" hardcover. 327 pages. First edition. This book traces the genesis of the Barrington books in rich and evocative detail, offering a compelling account of publishing history in England and on the continent, and displaying the subtle machinations of the book trade in a world without copyright laws. Throughout, The Celebrated George Barrington combines the rigour of book history and bibliographical research with a fresh and engaging style. Of... READ MORE about THE CELEBRATED GEORGE BARRINGTON: A SPURIOUS AUTHOR; THE BOOK TRADE, AND BOTANY BAY
Rare Books and Manuscripts from the Arthur and Janet Freeman Bibliotheca Fictiva Collection
Baltimore: The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, (2016). 9.2 x 11.625 inches. paperback. 140 pages. Rare Books and Manuscripts from the Arthur and Janet Freeman Bibliotheca Fictiva Collection. Second edition, revised, of this exhibition catalogue, undertaken after the initial print run of 500 copies of the first edition (2014) sold out by popular demand. This revised edition includes substantive changes in the front matter and initial chapter overview of the collection that have been informed... READ MORE about FAKES, LIES, AND FORGERIES
Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2013. 8vo: 8.5 x 6.75 inches; miniatures: 3.625 x 2.25 inches.Clamshell box: 7.5 x 13 inches. hardcover: 8vo and clamshell box in cloth; miniatures in silk. xv, 121 pages; facsimiles: 68, 66, 66 pages. Limited edition of 500 copies of this boxed set which includes Alderson and Immel's scholarly work on the history and legacy of Tommy Thumb's Pretty Little Song Book (two volumes), and The Pretty Book, that includes... READ MORE about TOMMY THUMB'S PRETTY SONG-BOOK, THE FIRST COLLECTION OF ENGLISH NURSERY RHYMES, A FACSIMILE...
A Facsimile of the Manuscript Overslag-Boek by Joannes Josephus Balthazar Vanderstraelen
New York: The Grolier Club, 2014. 8.5 x 11 inches. hardcover. 210 pages. A Facsimile of the Manuscript Overslag-Boek by Joannes Josephus Balthazar Vanderstraelen. Although "imposition manuals" -- instructions on the proper layout of typeset pages for the press -- have always been useful tools of the printing trade, surviving examples are rare. The present volume has been reproduced from a unique manuscript in the collection of the Grolier Club Library. Entitled Overslag-Boek, zeer nuttig... READ MORE about THE EARLIEST DUTCH IMPOSITION MANUAL
With an Introduction by Marie Elena Korey
New Castle, DE and Toronto: Oak Knoll Press and The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 2014. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. hardcover, dust jacket. 440 pages. With an Introduction by Marie Elena Korey. "This well-designed and produced volume, which is both interesting and pleasurable to read, serves as an elegant and fitting tribute to Landon's many achievements, and to his life spent with books." - Joel Silver, The Book Collector In 1967 Richard Landon (1942 -... READ MORE about A LONG WAY FROM THE ARMSTRONG BEER PARLOUR - A LIFE IN RARE BOOKS: ESSAYS BY RICHARD LANDON
(Toronto, Canada): Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, 2003. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. 79+(1) pages. Produced to celebrate and honour the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Pre-Conference held in Toronto 17 to 20 June 2003, on the theme "TRUE/FALSE: Facsimiles, Fakes, Forgeries, and Issues of Authenticity in Special Collections" the exhibition covers various aspects of literary forgery (and one 'real' forgery) from Richard Bentley and the Epistles of Phalaris to the inventions of... READ MORE about LITERARY FORGERIES AND MYSTIFICATIONS: AN EXHIBITION
New Castle, Delaware and Winchester: Oak Knoll Press and St. Paul's Bibliographies, 2006. 6 x 8.5 inches. hardcover. xi, 144 pages. Reprint of the first edition. When there have been opportunities for profit from deception, there have always been people ready to engage in sharp practice and ready to perpetrate fakes and frauds. These essays throw light on some of the more shadowy areas of book trade history, revealing tricksters, villains - even murderers -... READ MORE about FAKES AND FRAUDS, VARIETIES OF DECEPTION IN PRINT & MANUSCRIPT
New Haven, CT: Yale University, 1972. small folio. faux leather. 42 pages. Illustrated. A facsimile of Ruiz's Report on the Indian Tribes of Texas in 1828. Edited and introduction by John C. Ewers, translated by Georgette Dorn. It presents a facsimile of his entire manuscript in which he describes in Spanish the customs and characteristics of the Lipan Apaches, the Comanches, and the Chariticas. READ MORE about REPORT ON THE INDIAN TRIBES OF TEXAS IN 1828
New York: The Bibliographical Society of America, 1973. 4to. cloth. ix, 203 pages. This book deals with those books, pamphlets and broadsides in contemporary foreign languages, including French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch, that were surreptitiously printed in England before 1640. Each of the 65 works is discussed in one of the six chapters. Printers and printing historians will also enjoy the reproductions of the titles pages and all 305 printer's ornaments and initials used in... READ MORE about SURREPTITIOUS PRINTING IN ENGLAND, 1550-1640
Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 1985. 7.25 x 11.5 inches. paperback. 50 pages. With introduction and afterword by Botein and a facsimile reprint of the six issues. Reproduction of the actual newspaper articles, which led to the famous trial for sedition. READ MORE about ' MR. ZENGER'S MALICE AND FALSHOOD' SIX ISSUES OF THE NEW-YORK WEEKLY JOURNAL, 1733-34