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Very Good. 0854000240. 0854000240 Very Good. (Binding: Hardcover, Jacket: No Jacket) Nicolas Barker's thorough expose of the Frederic Prokosch pamphlet forgeries. A tour de force of bibliographic investigation. Black cloth with papered boards with butterfly net design. 12 illustrations, plus 'typographic illustrations of title and text pages of specimens of each group of pamphlets. ' Spine has light wear at top. Light wear to boards, with bottom right of front bumped such that the paper has torn 6 cm.
Fine. Limited edition of 400 copies. Cloth-backed paper-patterned boards, small 4to, 22 cm. 283 pp,  pp of plates and ills. In 1972 Sotheby & Co offered for sale what was described as "a complete set of the poetry pamphlets written or produced by Frederic Prokosch". There were, altogether, 79 of these, 29 manuscripts and 50 printed books, all short poems by 18 different authors, all well-known. Among them were W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot and W.B. Yeats. The pamphlets made a substantial sum, the majority being bought by the well-known booksellers, Bernard Quaritch, but within a month. Quaritch wrote to Sotheby's returning 33 printed pamphlets on the ground that "the dates and/or places of publication claimed for them are not as stated in the...catalogue"-that they were, in short, forgeries. The episode curiously reflected the famous 1934 case of T.J. Wise and the forged Victorian pamphlets. How did the forgeries come into existence, and why? Were they imitations of existing books, or were they original editions, copies of no known exemplar? Who was Frederic Prokosch? Who had singled out Prokosch's work for imitation? All these questions had to be addressed, employing the classic methods of analysis of the materials used that had brought about the detection of the Wise forgeries. The sources of the texts as well as their material ingredients, the worlds of typography and paper-making, the art of marbling paper, then dying but now in revival, the new world of man-made fibres and adhesives-all these had to be plumbed. Between and among these fields, flitted the elusive figure of Frederic Prokosch, poet, novelist, perhaps printer too, like one of his favourite butterflies (for he was a learned entomologist, besides). Nicolas Barker provides a fascinating account of his unravelling of the forensic and literary problems.
Bookplate of G & S Littler otherwise about fine. 8vo. 12 illustrations. Signed presentation from the author: 'For Shirley & Geoffrey, with much gratitude and equal affection, Nicholas Barker 5 March 2002. '
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