Wise to the forger’s tricks
Detecting bogus signatures and inscriptions in collectable books
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.
Look closely at the ink and the nib width. The forger has used a ballpoint pen to fake Charles ...