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  • [+] More New York Slate: A Bob Dylan Forgery (Why to be careful when buying at auction) 


    New York Slate: A Bob Dylan Forgery (Why to be careful when buying at auction)
    By Rachel Chanter Published since 25 Apr 2017
    In one of the latest blog entries of Peter Harrington Rare Books (UK), Rachel Chanter describes the dangers of buying at auction. 

    "This cautionary tale shows how far forgers will go to defraud dealers and avid collectors, and how they can sometimes exploit an auction house’s less-than-rigorous approach to research. Fortunately, we were able to discover the spurious nature of this artwork, subjecting it to the same level of scrutiny as we do all the items we acquire, which is why we are able to assure customers of the legitimacy of everything we sell. "
  • [+] More In the Press - The Missing Borges 


    Published since 25 Apr 2014

    For The Paris Review Graciela Mochkofsky reveals the story of a stolen first edition of Borges’s early poems which was returned to Argentina’s National Library. And she asks: Was it the right copy?

  • [+] More In the Press - Rare Book Crime Capers: Forgery, Theft, Murder and the Holy Grail of American Printing 


    Published since 13 Jan 2014

    Travis McDade, author of an article on The Professionalization of Library Theft, published on the ILAB website, and of a recently published book titled “Thieves of Book Row” tells another amazing story about book theft and forgery in The Million. Read the whole article:

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Famous Literary Hoaxes (Part Three) 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Famous Literary Hoaxes (Part Three)
    Published since 24 Sep 2013

    William Henry Ireland forged Shakespeare, and the Russian secret police fabricated records from a secret society. Literary hoaxes can be entertaining, dangerous, or humiliating. Today is our final installment on famous literary hoaxes. (Be sure to check out Part One and Part Two.)

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Famous Literary Hoaxes (Part Two) 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Famous Literary Hoaxes (Part Two)
    Published since 16 Sep 2013

    Back in 400 BCE, Dionysus the Renegade was a Stoic philosopher and student of Zeno of Citium. He wanted to humiliate his rival Heraclides and decided to forge a work of Sophocles. Dionysus inserted the acrostic "Heraclides is ignorant of letters," which quickly led to the discovery of Dionysus' fraud - but not before he'd achieved his aim of embarrassing Heraclides. Since then, the literary hoax has played a fascinating and engaging role in history. In Part One, we focused on the Ossian poems, The English Mercurie, and Thomas Chatterton's Rowley poems. Now, delve into William Ireland's spurious Shakespeare, Davy Crockett's attempts to combat false autobiographies, and more.

  • [+] More Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Famous Literary Hoaxes (Part One) 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Famous Literary Hoaxes (Part One)
    Published since 13 Sep 2013

    Literary critics frequently argue that literature is full of frauds; there are plenty of authors, after all, whose work offers little substance or artistry. But the world of letters also has its share of true frauds: cheats, liars, and forgers. In some cases, these individuals were merely mischievous pranksters, but in others they hoped to profit from their malevolent handiwork. Here's a look at some of the biggest literary hoaxes of all time.

  • [+] More Fälschungen und Täuschungen 


    Published since 01 Mar 2010

    "Und die Moral von der Geschicht, In Zweifelsfällen kaufe nicht!" - Karl Geigy-Hagenbach about fakes and forgers in autograph collecting. His own legendary autograph collection is documented in  “Autographensammlung von Karl Geigy-Hagenbach in Basel” (addenda 1933 and 1939). For J. A. Stargardt’s “Der Autographen-Sammler” Geigy-Hagenbach wrote a series of articles about his passion from 1936 to 1938.

  • [+] More Moses Signed My Bible 


    Published since 14 Dec 2009

    “An autographed copy of a first edition kicks it up to something special - and hard to reproduce on a Kindle or iPhone”, writes Tom Post in Forbes Magazine. “Autographed first editions are a cool way to collect rare books.” However: “Forgers think so, too.” Some snippets ...

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