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.


Total: 138


Bruhns, Karen, and Nancy Kelker. Faking the Ancient Andes. 1st ed., Routledge, 2010.

Kelker, Nancy, and Karen Bruhns. Faking Ancient Mesoamerica. 1st ed., Routledge, 2019.

Talmage, James E. The Michigan Relics: A Story of Forgery and Deception. Deseret Museum, 1911.

Archeology (5)

Burleigh, Nina. Unholy Business: A True Tale of Faith, Greed and Forgery in the Holy Land. Smithsonian, 2008.

Feder, Kenneth. Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology: From Atlantis to the Walam Olum. 1st ed., Greenwood, 2010.

Feder, Kenneth. Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology. 10th ed., Oxford University Press, 2019.

Franco, Barbara. The Cardiff Giant: A Hundred Year Old Hoax. First Edition, New York State Historical Association, 1969.

Fullam, Brandon. A Lost Colony Hoax: The Chowan River Dare Stone. McFarland & Co., 2021.

Hale, Alex & Rob Sands. Controversy on the Clyde: Archaeologists, Fakes and Forgers: The Excavation of Dumbuck Crannog. RCAHMS, 2005.

Hosni, Ahmed. Forgeries and the Authenticity of Archaeology. Cambridge University Press, 2022.

Kurz, Otto. Fakes: Archeological Materials, Paintings, Prints, Glass, Metal Work, Ceramics, Furniture, Tapestries. 2nd Edition, Dover, 1967.

Lovata, Troy. Inauthentic Archaeologies: Public Uses and Abuses of the Past. 1st ed., Routledge, 2016.

Maxwell, Jonathan. Piltdown Man and Other Hoaxes: a Book About Lies, Legends, and the Search for the Missing Link. Amsterdam University Press, 2012.

Munro, Robert. Archæology and False Antiquities. Methuen & Company, 1905.

Miziołek, Jerzy, and Peter Martyn. Falsifications in Polish Collections and Abroad. Instytut Archeologii UW, 2001.

Stevens, Joseph, and Edward Simpson. Flint Jack. Printed at the Blagrave Street Steam Printing Works, 1894.

Richardson, Michael, and Tom Stamp. Flint Jack. Caedmon of Whitby, 1985.

Rieth, Adolf. Archaeological Fakes. Praeger Publishers, 1970.

Tiverios, Michalēs. Faked Antiquities and the Falsification of History: The Case of a Pictorial Lead Sheet. National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, 2014.

Tribble, Scott. A Colossal Hoax: The Giant from Cardiff That Fooled America. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2009.

Art Forgery (23)

Ahuja, Naman & Latika Gupta. Art: Faked, Stolen, Censored. The Marg Foundation, 2018.

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.

Arnau, Frank, and Maxwell Brownjohn. The Art of the Faker: Three Thousand Years of Deception. Little, Brown and Co., 1961.

Bredekamp, Horst, et al. A Galileo Forgery: Unmasking the New York Sidereus Nuncius. De Gruyter, 2014.

Briefel, Aviva. The Deceivers: Art Forgery and Identity in the Nineteeth Century. 1st ed., Cornell University Press, 2006.

Casement, William. The Many Faces of Art Forgery: From the Dark Side to Shades of Gray. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2022.

Charney, Noah. The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers. 1st ed., Phaidon Press, 2015.

Chervenka, Mark. Guide to Fake and Forged Marks. First Edition, Antique Trader Books, 2002.

Darlington, John. Fake Heritage: Why We Rebuild Monuments. Yale University Press, 2020.

Dutton, Denis. The Forger’s Art: Forgery and the Philosophy of Art. University of California Press, 1983.

Fleming, Stuart James, et al. Authenticity in Art: The Scientific Detection of Forgery. Crane, Russack, 1976.

Greenhalgh, Shaun, and Waldemar Januszczak. A Forger’s Tale: Confessions of the Bolton Forger. Allen & Unwin, 2015.

Kurz, Otto. Art Forgeries and How to Examine Paintings Scientifically. Foundation for Classical Reprints, 1982.

Jackson, Penelope. Art Thieves, Fakers and Fraudsters: The New Zealand Story. Awa Press, 2017.

Jeppson, Lawrence. The Fabulous Frauds: Fascinating Tales of Great Art Forgeries. First Edition, Weybright and Talley, 1970.

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

Lenain, Thierry. Art Forgery: The History of a Modern Obsession. Reaktion Books, 2012.

McCrone, Walter C. and Richard J. Weiss, Editors. Fakebusters: The Scientific Detection of Fakery in Art. 1st Edition, SPIE and McCrone Research Institute, 1999.

Mendax, Fritz translated by H S Whitman: Art Fakes And Forgeries. First English Edition, London: Werner Laurie, 1955.

Niedhorn, Ulrich. The Lady from Brassempouy: A Fake– a Hoax? (Isernhägener Studien Zur Frühen Skulptur). Haag + Herchen, 1990.

Ostapkowicz, Joanna, et al. Real, Recent, or Replica: Precolumbian Caribbean Heritage as Art, Commodity, and Inspiration (Caribbean Archaeology and Ethnohistory). First Edition, First, University Alabama Press, 2021.

Salisbury, Laney, and Aly Sujo. Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art. Penguin Books, 2010.

Schuller, Sepp. Forgers, Dealers, Experts: Adventures in the Twilight of Art Forgery. 1st edition, Arthur Barker, 1960.

Schuller, Sepp. Forgers Dealers Experts Strange Chapters In The History Of Art. Franklin Classics, 2018.

Scott, David. Art: Authenticity, Restoration, Forgery. Illustrated, The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2016.

Shortland, Andrew, and Patrick Degryse. When Art Isn’t Real: The World’s Most Controversial Objects under Investigation. Leuven University Press, 2022.

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.

Stein, Anne-Marie, and George Carpozi Jr. Three Picassos Before Breakfast: Memoir of an Art Forger’s Wife. 1st ed., Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1973.

Radnoti, Sandor, and Ervin Dunai. The Fake: Forgery and Its Place in Art. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 1999.

Weiss, Richard, and Duane Chartier. Fakebusters II: Scientific Detection of Fakery in Art and Philately (Popular Science). World Scientific Publishing Company, 2004.

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

Authentication (11)

Allen, Michael. Foundations of Forensic Document Analysis: Theory and Practice (Essentials of Forensic Science). 1st ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

Beckett, Alice. Fakes: Forgery and the Art World. Richard Cohen Books, 1995.

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

Bell, Suzanne. How to Identify a Forgery: A Guide to Spotting Fake Art, Counterfeit Currencies, and More. 1st ed., Skyhorse, 2013.

Colombini, Maria Perla, et al. Analytical Chemistry for the Study of Paintings and the Detection of Forgeries. Springer Publishing, 2022.

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

Fischer, Andreas, et al. Handwritten Historical Document Analysis, Recognition, and Retrieval – State of the Art and Future Trends (Machine Perception and Artificial Intelligence). World Scientific Publishing Company, 2020.

Frazer, Persifor. A Manual of the Study of Documents to Establish the Individual Character of Handwriting and to Detect Fraud and Forgery, Including Several New Methods of Research. 1923.

Nickell, Joe. Pen, Ink, and Evidence: A Study of Writing and Writing Materials for the Penman, Collector, and Document Detective. First edition, Third printing with corrections, Oak Knoll Pr, 2002.

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.

Ragai, Jehane. The Scientist and the Forger: Insights into the Scientific Detection of Forgery in Paintings. Imperial College Press, 2015.

Rendell, Kenneth. Forging History: The Detection of Fake Letters and Documents. First Edition, Univ of Oklahoma Pr, 1994.

Bibliographies (2)

Koobatian, James. Faking It : An International Bibliography of Art and Literary Forgeries, 1949–1986. Special Libraries Association, 1987.

Reisner, Robert George. Fakes and Forgeries in the Fine Arts: A Bibliography. 1st Paperback Edition, Special Libraries Association, 2022.

Children (10)

Baker, Eugene, and Lois Axeman. Spotting the Fakes–Forgeries and Counterfeits (The Junior Detective Series). The Childs World Inc, 1980.

Bauchner, Elizabeth. Document Analysis (Solving Crimes With Science: Forensics). Mason Crest, 2014.

Doeden, Matt. What Are Hoaxes and Lies? (Searchlight Books TM ― Fake News). Lerner Publications, 2019.

Gardner, Robert. Who Forged This Document?: Crime-Solving Science Projects (Who Dunnit? Forensic Science Experiments). Illustrated, Enslow Elementary, 2010.

Graham, Ian. Fakes and Forgeries (Science Spotlight). Heinemann/Raintree, 1995.

Hindley, Judy. Good Detective Guide, Fakes and Forgeries. Unknown, 1979.

Lockyer, John, et al. Forgers and Fakers. Reed Business Education, 2005.

Murphy, Jim. The Giant and How He Humbugged America. Scholastic Press, 2012.

Nilsen, Anna & Andy Parker. Art Fraud Detective. Gardners Books, 2005.

Spilsbury, Richard. Counterfeit!: Stopping Fakes and Forgeries (Solve That Crime!). Illustrated, Enslow Pub Inc, 2009.

Standiford, Natalie. The Stone Giant (Road to Reading). Golden Books, 2001.

Stewart, Gail. Forgery (Crime Scene Investigations). Illustrated, Lucent, 2006.

Townsend, John. Fakes and Forgeries (True Crime). Raintree, 2005.

Waldron, Ann. True or False? Amazing Art Forgeries. Hastings House Pub, 1983.

Coins (2)

Akerman, John Yonge. Fourrès and Forgeries: General Observations on the Coins and Coinage of the Romans. Numismatic Communications, 1970.

Arsdale, Alan van. Roman Coin Forgery. Stoyan Popov-Popeto, 2005.

Fischer-Bossert, Wolfgang. The Athenian Decadrachm. American Numismatic Society, 2008.

Peters, Ken. Counterfeit Coins of Roman Britain. Envoy Publicity, 2011.

Prokopov, Ilâ S., & Evgeni Ivanov Paunov. Cast Forgeries of Classical Coins from Bulgaria. S. Popov-Popeto, 2004.

Prokopov, Ilâ S, et al. Modern Counterfeits and Replicas of Ancient Greek and Roman Coins from Bulgaria. Stoyan Popov-Popeto, 2003.

Sayles, Wayne. Classical Deception: Counterfeits, Forgeries and Reproductions of Ancient Coins. Krause Pubns Inc, 2001.


Fiechter, Jean-Jacques. Egyptian Fakes: Masterpieces That Duped the Art World and the Experts Who Uncovered Them. 1st Edition, Flammarion, 2009.

Wakeling, T. Forged Egyptian Antiquities. A. and C. Black, 1912.

Fake Science (1)

May, Andrew. Fake Physics: Spoofs, Hoaxes and Fictitious Science (Science and Fiction). 1st ed. 2019, Springer, 2019.

Fake News (1)

Greifeneder, et al. “The Psychology of Fake News: Accepting, Sharing, and Correcting Misinformation” (London, 2020).

Otis, Cindy. True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News. Illustrated, Feiwel and Friends, 2020.

General (29)

Abbott, Craig. Forging Fame: The Strange Career of Scharmel Iris. Northern Illinois University Press, 2007.

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.

Carpenter, Scott. Aesthetics of Fraudulence in Nineteenth-Century France: Frauds, Hoaxes, and Counterfeits. 1st ed., Routledge, 2019.

Caterson, Simon. Hoax!: A Short History of Fakes, Frauds and Imposters. Hardie Grant Books, 2006.

Chervenka, Mark. Antique Trader Guide to Fakes and Reproductions. Krause Publications, 2003.

Cooper, David. The Queen’s Court and Green Mountain Manuscripts With Other Forgeries of the Czech Revival. Michigan Slavic Publications, 2018.

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

Cornell, James. Fakes, Frauds And Phonies – Famous Hoaxes That Fooled The World. First Printing, Scholastic, 1973.

Crossley, Laura & Clara Sitbon. Deception: Spies, Lies and Forgeries. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2016. doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/9781848884106

Eco, Umberto. Faith in Fakes : Travels in Hyperreality. New Ed, Vintage Uk, 1995.

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.

Filimowicz, Michael. Deep Fakes (Algorithms and Society). Routledge, 2022.

Harvey, Brian, and Carla Shapreau. Violin Fraud: Deception, Forgery, Theft, and Lawsuits in England and America. 2nd ed., Clarendon Press, 1998.

Haynes, Colin. The Complete Collector’s Guide to Fakes and Forgeries. Wallace-Homestead Book Co, 1988.

Heyward, Michael. The Ern Malley Affair. Faber and Faber Ltd, 2003.

Knight, Peter, and Jonathan Long. Fakes and Forgeries. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Loveman, Kate. Reading Fictions, 1660–1740: Deception in English Literary and Political Culture. 1st ed., Routledge, 2018.

Lynch, Jack. Deception and Detection in Eighteenth-Century Britain. 1st ed., Routledge, 2016.

Magnusson, Magnus. Fakers, Forgers and Phoneys: Famous Scams and Scamps. Mainstream Publishing, 2006.

Melton, Paul. Forgery and Frauds (Detective Academy). Scholastic, 2004.

Mills, John Fitz Maurice, and John Mansfield. The Genuine Article. Adfo Books, 1982.

Moses, Nancy. Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2020.

Newnham, Richard. Guinness Book of Fakes, Frauds & Forgeries. Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Publishing, 1991.

Nobili, Riccardo. The Gentle Art of Faking: A History of the Methods of Producing Imitations & Spurious Works of Art from the Earlies Times Up to the Present Day. Academic Service, 1922.

Osteen, Mark. Fake It: Fictions of Forgery. University of Virginia Press, 2021.

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

Rainey, David, et al. Ern Malley. Heide Museum of Modern Art, 2009.

Rush, Bruce Arthur. The Rogue Classicist: Feng Fang (1493-1566) and His Forgeries. University of California, Los Angeles 2004.

Ryan, Judith, & Alfred Thomas. Cultures of Forgery: Making Nations, Making Selves (CultureWork: A Book Series from the Center for Literacy and Cultural Studies at Harvard). 1st ed., Routledge, 2003.

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

Titterton, James. Deception in Medieval Warfare. Boydell and Brewer, Limited, 2022.

Tout, Thomas Frederick. Mediæval forgers and forgeries. Manchester: The University Press; London, New York [etc.] Longmans, Green and company, 1920.

Tutino, Stefania. A Fake Saint and the True Church: The Story of a Forgery in Seventeenth-Century Naples. Oxford University Press, 2021.


Gilreath, James. The Judgement of Experts: Essays and Documents About the Investigation of the Forging of the Oath of a Freeman. American Antiquarian Society, 1991.

Literary Forgery (62)

Abramson, Julia. Learning From Lying: Paradoxes Of The Literary Mystification. 2nd ed., University of Delaware Press, 2005.

Aldington, Richard. Frauds. First Edition, Heinemann, 1957.

Altick, Richard. Scholar Adventurers. The Macmillan Company, 1950.

Baines, Paul. The House of Forgery in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Routledge Revivals). 1st ed., Routledge, 2021.

Bak, János, et al. Manufacturing a Past for the Present: Forgery and Authenticity in Medievalist Texts and Objects in Nineteenth-Century Europe (National Cultivation of Culture). Brill, 2014.

Barker, Nicolas, et al. Forgery of Printed Documents. Amsterdam University Press, 2016.

Barker, Nicolas. The Butterfly Books: An Inquiry into the Nature of Certain Twentieth Century Pamphlets. London: Bertram Rota, 1987.

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.

Berkhofer, Robert. Forgeries and Historical Writing in England, France, and Flanders, 900–1200 (Medieval Documentary Cultures). Boydell Press, 2022.

Berger, Sid. The Anatomy of a Literary Hoax. First Edition, Oak Knoll Pr, 1994.

Blackstock, Paul. Agents of Deceit. Quadrangle Books, 1966.

Bordier, Henri Leonard, et al. The Prince of Forgers. First Edition, Oak Knoll Pr, 1998.

Chambers, Edmund Kerchever. The History and Motives of Literary Forgeries. Blackwell, 1891.

Constantine, Mary-Ann. The Truth Against the World: Iolo Morganwg and Romantic Forgery (Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition). University of Wales Press, 2007.

Cueva, Edmund, and Javier Martínez. Splendide Mendax: Rethinking Fakes and Forgeries in Classical, Late Antique, and Early Christian Literature. Barkhuis, 2016.

Curley, Thomas. Samuel Johnson, the Ossian Fraud, and the Celtic Revival in Great Britain and Ireland. Illustrated, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

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

Elliott, J. Codex Sinaiticus and the Simonides Affair: An Examination of the Nineteenth Century Claim That Codex Sinaiticus Was Not an Ancient Manuscript (Analekta Vlatadon). Patriarchikon Hidryma Paterikon Meleton, 1982.

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

Fischer, Klaus-Dietrich, et al. Pseudo-Galenica: The Formation of the Galenic Corpus from Antiquity to the Renaissance (Volume 34) (Warburg Institute Colloquia). New edition, University of London Press, 2021.

Freeman, Arthur, and Janet Freeman. John Payne Collier: Scholarship and Forgery in the Nineteenth Century. Annotated, Yale University Press, 2004.

Freeman, Arthur, and Janet Freeman. Hoax, Fake, and Fraud: Literary Forgery from Ctesias to Wise. Arthur Freeman Rare Books and Manuscripts, 2013.

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

Friedrich, Michael, and Cécile Michel. Fakes and Forgeries of Written Artefacts from Ancient Mesopotamia to Modern China (Studies in Manuscript Cultures). De Gruyter, 2020.

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.

Gaskill, Howard, and Elinor Shaffer. The Reception of Ossian in Europe (The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe). 1st ed., Continuum, 2008.

Gielen, Erika, and Jan Papy. Falsifications and Authority in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Brepols, 2020.

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

Groom, Nick. The Forger’s Shadow : How Forgery Changed the Course of Literature. Picador, 2003.

Guzmán, Antonio, and Javier Martínez, editors. Animo Decipiendi?: Rethinking Fakes and Authorship in Classical, Late Antique, & Early Christian Works. Barkhuis, 2018, http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctvggx27t. Accessed 12 Apr. 2022.

Harper, Mick. Meetings with Remarkable Forgeries. Urquhart Press, 2017.

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.

Haywood, Ian. Faking It : Art and the Politics of Forgery. New York: St. Martins Press, 1987.

Hector, L. C. Palaeography and Forgery. London: St. Anthony’s Press, 1959.

Heidenreich, Rosmarin. Literary Impostors: Canadian Autofiction of the Early Twentieth Century. 3rd ed., McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018.

Hiatt, Alfred. The Counterfeit Text: Falsification in Medieval History and Literature. 1994.

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.

Israel, Lee. Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger. Media Tie-In, Simon and Schuster, 2018.

Katsoulis, Melissa. Literary Hoaxes: An Eye-Opening History of Famous Frauds. Reprint, Skyhorse, 2015.

Katsoulis, Melissa. Telling Tales: A History of Literary Hoaxes. Constable, 2013.

Kharlamov, Vladimir. The Authorship of the Pseudo-Dionysian Corpus: A Deliberate Forgery or Clever Literary Ploy? 1st ed., Routledge, 2019.

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.

Lennartz, Klaus, and Javier Martínez, editors. Tenue Est Mendacium: Rethinking Fakes and Authorship in Classical, Late Antique, & Early Christian Works. Barkhuis, 2021, https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv29j3dpf. Accessed 12 Apr. 2022.

Löffler, Marion. The Literary and Historical Legacy of Iolo Morganwg, 1826–1926 (Iolo Morganwg and the Romantic Tradition). University of Wales Press, 2008.

Madden, Richard Robert. Exposure of Literary Frauds and Forgeries Concocted in Ireland. J.F. Fowler, 1866.

Malton, Sara. 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.

Montgomery, Henry Riddell. Famous Literary Impostures: A series of Essays. London: E. W. Allen, 1884.

Morrissette, Bruce. The Great Rimbaud Forgery: The Affair of ‘La Chasse Spirituelle’, with Unpublished Documents and an Anthology of Rimbaldian Pastiches. Saint Louis: Washington University Studies, 1956.

Moore, Dafydd. International Companion to James Macpherson and The Poems of Ossian (International Companions to Scottish Literature). Scottish Literature International, 2017.

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

Nelson, Kevin. Operation Bullpen: The Inside Story of the Biggest Forgery Scam in American History. Southampton Books, 2006.

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

Ostrowski, Donald. Who Wrote That?: Authorship Controversies from Moses to Sholokhov. Northern Illinois University Press, 2020.

Parppei, Kati. Saints, Legends, and Forgeries: The Formation of the Historiographical Image of Valaam Monastery. University of Eastern Finland, 2010.

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

Pinto, Pasquale Massimo. Simonides in England. Vienna University Press, 2017.

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

Roach, Levi. Forgery and Memory at the End of the First Millennium. Princeton University Press, 2021.

Rosenblum, Joseph. Practice to Deceive: The Amazing Stories of Literary Forgery’s Most Notorious Practitioners. New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 2000.

Rowland, Ingrid. The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery. 1st ed., University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Russett, Margaret. Fictions and Fakes: Forging Romantic Authenticity, 1760–1845 (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism, Series Number 64). Illustrated, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

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.

Vice, Sue. Textual Deceptions: False Memoirs and Literary Hoaxes in the Contemporary Era. 1st ed., Edinburgh University Press, 2014.

Wheless, Joseph. Forgery in Christianity: A Documented Record of Jewish-Christian Forgeries, Frauds, and Fakeries. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1930.

Whitehead, John. This Solemn Mockery: The Art of Literary Forgery. 1st Edition, Arlington Book Company, 1973.

Whiteman, Maxwell. Forgers & Fools: The Strange Career of “Baron” Weisberg and the Incredible Story of Documents Destroyed and Disburdened from the Philadelphia Custom House. New York: The Typophiles, 1986. [Typophile Monograph New Series No. 3. 480 Copies.]

Whitfield, Susan [Ed.]. Dunhuang Manuscript Forgeries. British Library, 2002.

Whittall, James. Myth Makers: Epigraphic Illusion in America. Early Sites Research Society, 1990.

Zinnel, George H. Forgeries, Handwriting: Something for Nothing. Minneapolis: Bureau of Engraving, 1931.

Near East (1)

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


Foley, Frederic J. The Great Formosan Impostor. [St. Louis]: Jesuit Historical Institute, St. Louis University, 1968.

Keevak, Michael. The Pretended Asian: George Psalmanazar’s Eighteenth-Century Formosan Hoax. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2004.

Swiderski, Richard M. The False Formosan: George Psalmanazar and the Eighteenth-Century Experiment of Identity. San Francisco: Mellen Research University Press, 1991.


Hagemeister, Michael. The Perennial Conspiracy Theory: Reflections on the History of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right). 1st ed., Routledge, 2021.


Powell, Peter W W & John L Kimbrough. Confederate States of America: Philatelic Fakes, Forgeries, and Fantasies of the 19th and 20th Centuries. Peter WW Powell and John L. Kimbrough MD, 2015.

Atlee, W., et al. The Spud Papers: Spiro Stamp Forgeries. J&H Books, 2011.


Barker, Nicolas and John Collins. A sequel to An enquiry into the nature of certain nineteenth century pamphlets by John Carter and Graham Pollard : the forgeries of H. Buxton Forman & T.J. Wise re-examined. London: The Scolar Press, 1983.

Collins, John. The Two Forgers: A Biography of Harry Buxton Forman & Thomas James Wise. New Castle: Oak Knoll Books, 1992.

Lewis, Roger C. Thomas James Wise and the Trial Book Fallacy. Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1995.

Pedley, Katharine Greenleaf. Moriarty in the Stacks: The Nefarious Adventures of Thomas J. Wise. Berkeley: Peacock Press, 1966.

Ratchford, Fannie E. Certain Nineteenth Century Forgeries. An Exhibition of Books and Letters at the University of Texas, June 1-September 30, 1946. Austin: University of Texas, 1946.

Ratchford, Fannie E. Letters of Thomas J. Wise to John Henry Wrenn: A Further Inquiry Into the Guilt of Certain Nineteenth-Century Forgers. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1944.

Ratchford, Fannie E. A Review of Reviews. Part I: An Inquiry, Part II: Wise’s Letters. Austin: University of Texas, 1946.

Todd, William B. The Forgeries of William Morris: An Exhibit. [Austin]: Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, 1973.


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  1. I particularly liked “Literary Forgeries and Mystifications : An Exhibition at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.” I wonder how many of their own books they’ve included because, frankly, there are scarcely enough rare books in existence to fill a library, certainly not a Canadian provincial one.

    Such a stupendously copious academic literature for how to spot forgeries is itself a bit ironic since a) they never bother with their own pet material and (b) in our experience, the first couple of lines of Wiki serves the same purpose. The bit where it says ‘Provenance: purchased from dealer 1897’ or something similarly brief. But please stop me if I’m getting over-cynical in my old age.


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