Reasons to Forge

Forgeries have existed since time immemorial. This article explores the multitude of reasons why people have forged.

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There are many reasons which motivate a person to forge, here are some:

1 – To deceive[4, p.60]

2 – To gain[4, p.63]
For example: to gain money[1] or fame.[2]

3 – To prove a point[2]

4 – To fill a gap in a chain of evidence[2]

5 – To prove the antiquity of a family[2]

6 – To distort the views of allies or enemies[3]

7 – “punning”[4, p.60]

8 – possibly “self-mockery”[4, p.60]

9 – “to support or refute complex philosophical and religious doctrines.”[4, p.63]

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References:

[1] – ABBOTT, CRAIG S. “The Case of Scharmel Iris.” The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 77, no. 1, 1983, pp. 15–34. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/24302871. Accessed 29 May 2020.

[2] – Abbott, Frank Frost. “Some Spurious Inscriptions and Their Authors.” Classical Philology, vol. 3, no. 1, 1908, pp. 22–30. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/262031. Accessed 6 June 2020.

[3] – Agursky, Mikhail. “SOVIET DISINFORMATION AND FORGERIES.” International Journal on World Peace, vol. 6, no. 1, 1989, pp. 13–30. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/20751319. Accessed 7 June 2020.

[4] – Berger, Sidney E. “Forgeries and Their Detection in the Rare Book World.” Libraries & Culture, vol. 27, no. 1, 1992, pp. 59–69. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/25542397. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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