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Robertson on Library Security and Disaster Planning by Guy Robertson

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17

Wise to the forger’s tricks

Detecting bogus signatures and inscriptions in collectable books

Abstract

Forgers add authors’ signatures and inscriptions to books to increase their value when selling to book dealers and collectors. Often forgers use pens and inks that did not exist when the books first appeared in print. But dealers, collectors, and librarians fall for forgers’ tricks. Some forgers are highly skilled. Caveat emptor. Prospective book buyers should look for anachronisms, inappropriate locutions, and discrepancies in handwriting.

Keywords

Forger

Forgery

Handwriting

Pen

Ink

Signature

Inscription

Anachronism

Collectors

Book dealers.

Look closely at the ink and the nib width. The forger has used a ballpoint pen to fake Charles ...

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