New York: The Colophon Ltd, 1937. 8vo. cloth. pp. (vi), 487-628. Literary criticism is addressed by Kenneth A. Fowler, Althea Bass writes about translating books, especially the Bible, into Amerind languages in early New England, "A Five-Foot Shelf of Literary Forgeries" is Mark Holstein's topic, and Walter Hart Blumenthal contributes "The Bouquet of Old Books." Index of Volume II. READ MORE about COLOPHON, N.S. A Q FOR BKMEN, V.II N.4
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New York: The Colophon Ltd, 1935. 8vo. paper-covered boards. 159+(1) pages. The first in the New Series. Ruth Shepard Granniss on new books about paper, an article about Alexander Dumas by F.W. Reed, "Fly-specks and Folios," concerning forgeries, by Robert M. Smith, and Randolph G. Adams on early Bibles in America. READ MORE about COLOPHON, N.S., A Q FOR BKMEN, V.1 N.1
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...
Worchester: American Antiquarian Society, 1991. 8vo. 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. Jacket heavily rubbed. READ MORE about JUDGMENT OF EXPERTS, ESSAYS AND DOCUMENTS ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION OF THE FORGING OF THE OATH OF A...
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...
London: Society of Arts, 1819. 8vo. modern paper wrappers with paper cover and spine labels. (iv), 72 pages. First edition (Levis, p.468; Bridson & Wakeman B48; Goldsmith 22503; Kress C. 414). All six plates present. With the bookplate of Gavin Bridson. An important comment on the prevention of forgery. Contains a number of articles including: one by T.C. Hansard who proposed the use of Diamond type arranged in patterns (including an example plate); by T.... READ MORE about REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE SOCIETY OF ARTS, &C, TOGETHER WITH THE APPROVED COMMUNICATIONS...
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
London, United Kingdom: Bernard Quaritch, 2015. 8vo. paper wrappers. 72 pages. Julia Alpinula is a legendary Swiss heroine, whose pathetic fate in AD 69 inspired popular historians, dramatists, artists, and poets including an infatuated Byron over a period of more than two hundred years. Her very existence, however, was based entirely on a funerary inscription first published in 1588 and ultimately shown to be a humanist forgery. Julia Alpinula is a fully documented account of... READ MORE about JULIA ALPINULA, PSEUDO-HEROINE OF HELVETIA: HOW A FORGED RENAISSANCE EPITAPH FOSTERED A NATIONAL...
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
New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, (2001). small 8vo. paper-covered boards, dust jacket. (viii), 215+(1) pages. First edition. The authors of Used and Rare and Slightly Chipped are accompanied by their witty eight-year-old daughter, Emily, as they tour the Library of Congress ("114,000,000 books, so little time"), and entertain us with unorthodox behind-the-scenes looks at the Folger Library and Yale University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Other chapters include The New England Forger, Into... READ MORE about WARMLY INSCRIBED, THE NEW ENGLAND FORGER AND OTHER TALES
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
(New York: Elsevier North Holland, Inc., 1982). 8vo. paper covered boards. xv, (v), 424 pages. Revised edition. Illustrated. Covers rubbed and corners bumped. READ MORE about SCIENTIFIC EXAMINATION OF QUESTIONED DOCUMENTS
New York: Burt Franklin, (1969). 8vo. cloth. Frontispiece; xxxviii, 317, (18) pages. Reprint of the 1874 edition. READ MORE about CONFESSIONS OF WILLIAM HENRY IRELAND, CONTAINING THE PARTICULARS OF HIS FABRICATION OF THE...
Philadelphia: (privately printed), 1946. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. pp. 85-96. Reprinted from To Doctor R. Mary Hyde writes about the Shakespeare forger, William Henry Ireland and bases her talk on manuscript material in the possession of Rosenbach. READ MORE about SHAKESPEARE, JR
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
Paris: Paulin, 1849. 8vo. original printed paper wrappers with more modern paper covered spine. xvi, 327 pages. Second edition. A large mass of supposed evidence that showed Libri to be innocent of stealing books and manuscripts from French libraries. Reprints correspondence and newspaper accounts pertaining to the case. He is now known to be guilty. Slightly damp stained. READ MORE about LETTRE A M. DE FALLOUX, MINISTRE DE L’INSTRUCTION PUBLIQUE ET DES CULTES, CONTENAT LE RÉCIT...
London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1920. 8vo. cloth, paper spine label. xv, 208 pages. Second edition, revised. With 8 plates. Includes a long chapter on literary forgeries. Label rubbed. READ MORE about BOOKS IN MANUSCRIPT, A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO THEIR STUDY AND USE
New York: Empire State Book Company, 1927. 8vo. cloth, paper spine label. xv, 208 pages. Second U.S. impression of the second edition, revised. With 8 plates. Includes a long chapter on literary forgeries. Ownership inscription in pencil. READ MORE about BOOKS IN MANUSCRIPT, A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO THEIR STUDY AND USE
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 Castle, Delaware and Winchester: Oak Knoll Press and St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1996. 8vo. printed paper over boards. xi, 144 pages. Reprint of the first edition. The subject of the tenth conference on aspects of the book trade. Includes chapters on The Forgery of Printed Documents by Nicolas Barker, Forged Handwriting by Tom Davis, and Paper Pirates by Michael Harris. An interesting book which covers aspects of all the great forgers - Wise, Prokosch, Hofmann, etc. Illustrated. READ MORE about FAKES AND FRAUDS, VARIETIES OF DECEPTION IN PRINT & MANUSCRIPT
Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1927. 8vo. cloth, top edge gilt. xiv, 311 pages and 78 illustrations. Reprint edition. Some of the chapters are Talking of Old Books, A Million Dollar Bookshelf, Sold to Dr. R.!, Some Literary Forgeries, and five others. No dust jacket. Booksellers ticket on rear pastedown. Minor shelfwear. First few pages loose. READ MORE about BOOKS AND BIDDERS, THE ADVENTURES OF A BIBLIOPHILE