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Baughman, Roland Orvil. Some Victorian Forged Rarities. [San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1936]. [Rpt. from the Huntington Library Bulletin no. 9 (1936). On the copies of Wise forgeries in the Huntington Library.] [San Marino, CA, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery.] [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries *]

Bordier, Henri, and Emile Mabille. Prince of Forgers. Trans. Joseph Rosenblum. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1998. [A translation, with a new introduction, of Une fabrique de faux autographes: Ou recit de l'affaire Vran Lucas (Paris, 1870). On Vrain-Denis Lucas, nineteenth-century forger of some 27,000 letters, mostly to and from famous historical figures: he became very wealthy, until 1870 when he was exposed and imprisoned for "the most colossal literary fraud ever perpetrated." "When he produced a host of letters written by Mary Magdelene to Lazarus, Cleopatra to Caesar, Pompey to Cato, all in French no less, and boldly sold them to one of France's leading collectors, Lucas's shameless audacity had reached new heights."] [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries; authorial copies (autographs, holographs) *]

Brooke, C. N. L. "Approaches to Medieval Forgery." Journal of the Society of Archivists 3 (1965-1969): 377-386. [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries; paleography (history of handwriting); scribes and scribal practices *]

Carter, John, and Graham Pollard. An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth-Century Pamphlets. London: Constable and Co.; New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. [The original exposé of the Thomas J. Wise forgeries, published while Wise was still alive (some reviewers wondered aloud about defamation of character). Thomas Wise, book collector and bibliographer, with easy access to British Museum copies of first editions of nineteenth-century poets like the Brownings, repeatedly "discovered" editions of these poets which were earlier than the known "first edition." These fraudulent "first editions" are now highly valued even though the fraud is well known, and a "Wise forgery" commands a very high price when it comes on the market.] [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries *]

Carter, John, and Graham Pollard. An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth-Century Pamphlets. 2nd ed. Ed. Nicolas Barker and John Collins. 2 vols. London and Berkeley: Scolar Press, 1983. [The first volume reprints the 1934 Enquiry; the second volume is A Sequel to An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth-Century Pamphlets by John Carter and Graham Pollard, by Nicolas Barker and John Collins (1983).] [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries; Thomas Wise *]

Chambers, E. K. The History and Motives of Literary Forgeries, Being the Chancellor's English Essay for 1891. 1891; rpt. Essays in Literature and Criticism 71; Burt Franklin Research and Source Works Series 508. New York: Burt Franklin, [1970]. [On literary forgeries generally.] [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries *]

Collins, John. The Two Forgers. London: Scolar Press, 1992. [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries; Thomas Wise *]

Davis, Tom. "Forged Handwriting." In Fakes and Frauds: Varieties of Deception in Print and Manuscript. Ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways 3. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; Detroit: Omnigraphics, 1989. Pp. 125-137. [Proceedings of the tenth annual conference on book trade history, at the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, Nov. 1988.] [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries; paleography (history of handwriting); scribes and scribal practices *]

Haggerty Museum of Art. The Spanish Forger: Master of Deception. Milwaukee: Haggerty Museum of Art, 1987. [A catalogue of an exhibition of his work. The "Spanish Forger" (so called after the subject of one of his earliest detected works, though later evidence suggests that he was French, working in Paris in the late 19th cent. and early 20th cent.) produced some 150 "medieval" miniatures, some as framed single leaves, but at least 5 full-sized manuscripts (he took actual medieval manuscripts with incomplete series of miniatures and "finished" them).] [See also Voelkle, William.] [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries *]

Hector, L. C. Paleography and Forgery. St. Anthony's Hall Publications 15. London and New York: St. Anthony's Press, 1959. [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries; paleography (history of handwriting); scribes and scribal practices *]

Ramsay, Nigel. "Forgery and the Rise of the London Scriveners' Company." In Fakes and Frauds: Varieties of Deception in Print and Manuscript. Ed. Robin Myers and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways 3. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; Detroit: Omnigraphics, 1989. Pp. 99-108. [Proceedings of the tenth annual conference on book trade history, at the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, Nov. 1988.] [The growing reliance in the later Middle Ages on written documents as legal evidence led to an increase in falsification of documents. Ramsay studies false seals on twelfth-century forged documents.] [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries; sigillography; scribes and scribal practices *]

Rendell, Kenneth W. Forging History: The Detection of Fake Letters and Documents. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1994. [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries *]

Voelkle, William; assisted by Roger S. Wieck. The Spanish Forger. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library, 1978. [A catalogue raisonné of his known works, with lots of reproductions, some of them in colour. The "Spanish Forger" (so called after the subject of one of his earliest detected works, though later evidence suggests that he was French, working in Paris in the late 19th cent. and early 20th cent.) produced some 150 "medieval" paintings (miniatures framed as single leaves, and panels), copied (with substantial enough alteration to render them almost unrecognizable) from reproductions published in a handful of (French) books of the 1870s and 1880s. There are also 5 full-size MSS, of 50-150 folios each, with decoration and miniatures (Graduals, Antiphonaries, etc.); he took actual medieval manuscripts with incomplete series of miniatures and "finished" them.] [See also Haggerty Museum of Art.] [* Subject heading: bibliographic forgeries *]



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