G-65v. Forgeries, Facsimiles & Sophisticated Copies (Online) - Advance Reading List

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  • Preliminary Advices

    Familiarity with the Gaskell and Carter readings will be expected; be sure to have read the McKitterick text and viewed the Werner video prior to the course. Have a look at the Schweidler reading and the case studies if possible.


    Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972; corrected edition 1974; several subsequent reprintings with minor corrections; paperback edition published in 1995 by Oak Knoll Press.

    Carter, John. ABC for Book Collectors. London, 1952; 9th edition by Nicolas Barker and Simran Thadani. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2016.

    McKitterick, David. Old Books, New Technologies: The Representation, Conservation and Transformation of Books since 1700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.


    Schweidler, Max. The Restoration of Engravings, Drawings, Books, and Other Works on Paper. Translated and edited by Roy Perkinson. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 2006. Read especially the appendix (pp. 219–279).


    Werner, Sarah. “Early Digital Facsimiles.” Pforzheimer Lecture, Harry Ransom Center (23 February 2018). Watch on YouTube at https://youtu.be/g3XXRpO7bBg.

    Case Studies:

    Barker, Nicolas. “A Scandal in America.” In Form and Meaning in the History of the Book, 332–353. London: British Library, 2003.

    Carter, John and Graham Pollard. An Enquiry into The Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets. Second edition, edited by Nicolas Barker and John Collins. London & Berkeley: Scolar Press, 1983.

    Taylor, Thomas W. Texfake. An Account of the Theft and Forgery of Early Texas Printed Documents. Austin: W. Thomas Taylor, 1991.

    Wilding, Nick. “Forging the Moon.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 160:1 (March 2016): 37–72. Available online at live-amphil.pantheonsite.io/sites/default/files/2017-10/attachments/Wilding.pdf.