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Great Forgers and Famous Fakes

The Manuscript Forgers of America & How They Duped the Experts – – Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged

Charles Hamilton  –

Charles Hamilton recognizes a faked signature and believes it to be easily identified, and so will the reader of this book — once he knows what to look for. This is information of immense value to the collector and historian. Well-executed forgeries and fakes have fooled dealers and collectors for more than a century. This thoroughly documented book, containing hundreds of examples that show how to identify the best that the most skillful forgers have produced, will provide the expert and the amateur with tools for self-protection. Great Forgers and Famous Fakesis also a chronicle of the careers of America’s most adroit and colorful manuscript forgers, telling who they were and how they swindled their victims.

The fascinating stories of forgers and their works include:
-the poet who forged hundreds of Robert Frost manuscripts
-the multimillionaire industrialist and founder of RCA who got his start as a forger — and years later got fooled by his own fake
-the American Nazi who forged John Howard Payne’s “Home, Sweet Home”
-a round dozen forgers of Abe Lincoln’s handwriting

“There is a darkling romance in the crime of literary or historical forgery. To fabricate the handwriting and thoughts of another person requires much more than adroit penmanship.”

“No European forgers ever put quill to foolscap who could equal the ingenious fabricators of America.”

CHARLES HAMILTON, world’s foremost handwriting expert, forensic document examiner, and literary historian has made full use of his more than half a century in the manuscript field to detail the secrets of forgers and famous fakes using over 400 illustrations. Hamilton is the author of eighteen books, passed away in 1996. His recent books are William Shakespeare & John Fletcher, Cardenio or The Second Maiden’s Tragedy, The Hitler Diaries, and In Search of Shakespeare.


Cloth, 310 pages, 8 1/2X11
ISBN 0-944435-40-8
LC 82043


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