098.3: Hamilton, Charles. Great Forgers and Famous Fakes: The Manuscript Forgers of American and How They Duped the Experts. New York: Random House, 1988. 268 pp ISBN 0-5175-4076-2.
- 000: Computer Science, Knowledge, and General Works
- 090: Manuscripts, rare books, or other rare printed materials
- 098: Prohibited works, forgeries, and hoaxes
- 098.3: Forgeries and hoaxes
There are innumerable people in this world who are just looking to make a quick buck, no matter the ethics or consequences. In the literary world, there are those who try to sell stolen rarities that they’ve pilfered from museums and private collections. Others still, simply create them from thin air. Thousands of autographs and letters are “found” every year and released onto the market. For every ne’er-do-well, however, there is somebody trying to call them out for it. For a while, the one of the world’s best authenticators was Charles Hamilton. He recounts some of his more interesting cases in Great Forgers and Famous Fakes.