Bibliotheca Fictiva: a Collection of Books and Manuscripts Relating to Literary Forgery 400 BC – AD 2000.

Quaritch, 2014.

Large 8vo (252 x 172 mm), pp. xvi, 424, with colour fronstispiece and 36 illustrations in text; burgundy cloth, blocked in gold on spine, printed dust-jacket.


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An inventory of books and manuscripts relating to literary forgery, complete with three supplements. Spanning some twenty-four centuries, the book seeks also to define and describe the controversial genre it represents. Individual entries offer specific commentary on the forgers and their work, their exposers and their dupes. A broad prefatory overview surveys the entire field in its topical, historical, and national diversity.

Since publication, Bibliotheca Fictiva has been expanded with three supplementary volumes, here offered together to form a set of four:

FREEMAN, Arthur. Julia Alpinula, Pseudo-Herione of Helvetia: How a forged Renaissance epitaph fostered a national myth. London, 2015.

Small 8vo, pp. 72, with 4 illustrations; in printed paper wrappers.

FREEMAN, Arthur. Catullus Carmen 17.6 and other Mysteries: A study in editorial conflict, eccentricity, forgery, and restitution, with a checklist of significant printed editions of Catullus in Latin, 1472-2005. London, 2020.

Small 8vo, pp. 86, with 3 illustrations; in printed paper wrappers.

FREEMAN, Arthur. Historical Forgery in Romanophobe Britain: Robert Ware’s Irish fictions revisited. London, 2021.

Small 8vo, pp. 110, with one illustration; in printed paper wrappers.

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