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Prince of forgers / [translated by] Joseph Rosenblum
Bib ID 359882
Format BookBook
Author
Bordier, Henri-Leonard, 1817-1888
 
Uniform Title Fabrique de faux autographes, ou, Recit de l'affaire Vrain Lucas. English
Description New Castle, DE : Oak Knoll Press, 1998 
xiii, 202 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 1884718515 (hardback)
Summary

Prince of Forgers is the true story about one of history's most audacious frauds and of the trial that exposed the most colossal literary crime ever perpetrated on learned men. Vrain-Denis Lucas was a self-educated peasant who shook the foundations of the French Academy of Sciences. As a patriot and lover of history, Lucas created over 27,000 forgeries and tried to change the course of French destiny. After fifteen years of scholarly but spurious activity, Lucas' recklessness and disdain for credibility reached new heights as he began writing autographed letters by Mary Magdalene, Cleopatra, and Alexander the Great, in modern French, and selling them for thousands of francs. Professor Rosenblum's long-awaited translation of this French forgery classic is a must-read for any collector interested in the darker side of literary history.

Notes

Translation of: Une fabrique de faux autographes, ou, Recit de l'affaire Vrain Lucas / par Henri Bordier et Emile Mabille.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Vrain-Lucas, Denis, 1818- -- Trials, litigation, etc.  |  Chasles, M. (Michel), 1793-1880.  |  Trials (Forgery) -- France.  |  Autographs -- Collectors and collecting -- France.  |  Forgery of manuscripts -- France.  |  Literary forgeries and mystifications.
Other authors/contributors Mabille, Emile, 1828-1874  |  Rosenblum, Joseph

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