A Bibliography of Forgery

This article contains a collection of works dedicated to the topic of forgery. I have split the list into categories. Some works can be attributed to multiple categories and so I have had to make decisions on which category to place them in. This bibliography is a work in progress. Recommendations for more works to add to it are welcome.

Forgery is a broad term that has been used in a number of ways. While I typically define a forgery as “a creation made with the intent to deceive forever”, there are works on this list that do not define it as such, and some works which deal with related phenomena, like hoaxes.


Art Forgery

Amore, Anthony. The Art of the Con: The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World (ST. MARTIN’S GR). Reprint, St. Martin’s Griffin, 2016.

Jones, Mark, et al. Fake? The Art of Deception. First Edition, University of California Press, 1990.

Spencer, Ronald, and Eugene Victor Thaw. The Expert versus the Object: Judging Fakes and False Attributions in the Visual Arts. 1st ed., Oxford University Press, 2004.

Wood, Christopher. Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art. University of Chicago Press, 2008.


Nickell, Joe. PEN, INK & EVIDENCE. University of Landon, Richard. Literary Forgeries and Mystifications : An Exhibition at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 17 June to 29 August, 2003. First Edition, Montreal, PQ, Canada: National Film Board of Canada/Office National du Film du Canada, 2003., 1990.

Nickell, Joe. Detecting Forgery: Forensic Investigation of Documents. University Press of Kentucky, 2005.

Nickell, Joe. Real or Fake: Studies in Authentication. University Press of Kentucky, 2009. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt2jcrdw. Accessed 19 May 2021.

Osborn, Albert S. Questioned Documents. Rochester, 1910.


Bell, Suzanne. Fakes and Forgeries (Essentials of Forensic Science). Checkmark Books, 2009.

Boese, Alex. Hippo Eats Dwarf. 1st ed., New York-United States, United States, Macmillan Publishers, 2009.

Burke, Tony, and Andrew Gregory. Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions. Wipf and Stock, 2017.

Craddock, Paul. Scientific Investigation of Copies, Fakes and Forgeries. 1st ed., Routledge, 2009.

Copeman, Jacob & da Col, Giovanni. Fake: Anthropological Keywords. (HAU Books, 2018).

Farquhar, Michael. A Treasury of Deception: Liars, Misleaders, Hoodwinkers, and the Extraordinary True Stories of History’s Greatest Hoaxes, Fakes and Frauds. 1st Printing, Penguin Books, 2005.

Pyne, Lydia. Genuine Fakes: How Phony Things Teach Us About Real Stuff. 1st ed., Bloomsbury Sigma, 2019.

Tattersall, Ian, and Peter Névraumont. Hoax: A History of Deception: 5,000 Years of Fakes, Forgeries, and Fallacies. Illustrated, Black Dog & Leventhal, 2018.

Literary Forgery

Abramson, Julia. Learning From Lying: Paradoxes Of The Literary Mystification. 2nd ed., UNKNO, 2005.

Becker, Daniel, et al., editors. Faking, Forging, Counterfeiting: Discredited Practices at the Margins of Mimesis. Transcript Verlag, 2018. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctv1wxr9t. Accessed 24 June 2021.

Ehrman, Bart. Forgery and Counterforgery: The Use of Literary Deceit in Early Christian Polemics. 1st ed., Oxford University Press, 2012.

Farrer, James Anson. Literary Forgeries. New York, 1907.

Freeman, Arthur, Bibliotheca Fictiva: A Collection of Books & Manuscripts Relating to Literary Forgery, 400BC – AD 2000, London: Bernard Quaritch Limited, 2014

Garcia-Arenal Rodriquez, Mercedes. The Orient in Spain: Converted Muslims, the Forged Lead Books of Granada, and the Rise of Orientalism (Numen Books: Studies in the History of Religions). Illustrated, BRILL, 2013.

Grafton, Anthony, and Ann Blair. Forgers and Critics, New Edition: Creativity and Duplicity in Western Scholarship. New, Princeton University Press, 2019.

Havens, Earle [ed.], Fakes, Lies and Forgeries: Rare Books and Manuscripts from the Arthur and Janet Freeman Bibliotheca Fictiva Collection, Baltimore: The Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, 2016

Hiatt, Alfred. The Making of Medieval Forgeries: False Documents in Fifteenth-Century England (British Library Studies in Medieval Culture). Revised ed., University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2004.

Higbie, Carolyn. Collectors, Scholars, and Forgers in the Ancient World: Object Lessons. 1st ed., OUP Oxford, 2017.

Landon, Richard. Literary Forgeries and Mystifications : An Exhibition at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 17 June to 29 August, 2003. First Edition, Montreal, PQ, Canada: National Film Board of Canada/Office National du Film du Canada, 2003.

Malton. Forgery in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Fictions of Finance from Dickens to Wilde. 1st ed. 2009, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Martínez, Javier. Fakes and Forgers of Classical Literature. Brill, 2014.

McNicholas, Mark. Forgery and Impersonation in Imperial China. Amsterdam-Netherlands, Netherlands, Amsterdam University Press, 2016.

Mheallaigh, Ní Karen. Reading Fiction with Lucian: Fakes, Freaks and Hyperreality (Greek Culture in the Roman World). 1st ed., Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Miller, Christopher. Impostors: Literary Hoaxes and Cultural Authenticity. First, University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Myers, Robin, and Michael Harris. Fakes and Frauds: Varieties of Deception in Print and Manuscript (Publishing Pathways Series). Reprint, Oak Knoll Pr, 1996.

Olds, Katrina. Forging the Past: Invented Histories in Counter-Reformation Spain. Yale University Press, 2015.

Peirano, Irene. The Rhetoric of the Roman Fake: Latin Pseudepigrapha in Context. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Rebillard, Éric. The Early Martyr Narratives: Neither Authentic Accounts nor Forgeries (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion). University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020.

Ruthven, K. Faking Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Stephens, Walter, et al. Literary Forgery in Early Modern Europe, 1450–1800. Illustrated, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.

Near East

Muscarella, Oscar White. The Lie Became Great (Studies in the Art and Archaeology of Antiquity). Brill, 2000.


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