REVISED AND ENLARGED

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

London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2024.

8vo, pp. xvi, 566, [2 (picture acknowledgements, blank)], with colour frontispiece and 4 black-and-white illustrations in text and a further 40 pp. of colour plates; blue cloth, blocked in bold on spine, printed dust-jacket.

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This fully revised and enlarged edition of Bibliotheca Fictiva – the descriptive inventory of a collection of books and manuscripts relating to literary forgery in the Western world over the last twenty-four centuries, now housed in the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University – adds more than six hundred new entries that introduce some sixty entirely new impostors or subjects of imposture. Individual descriptions have been substantially corrected and updated, and the original ‘Overview’ correspondingly amplified.

Praise for the first edition:
‘A major contribution to the study of [literary forgery] … an essential and splendidly detailed atlas of the subject’. – Henry Woudhuysen, in The Times Literary Supplement

‘Bibliotheca Fictiva is and will remain the definitive account of literary forgers and forgeries from antiquity to the present day. … It is hard to imagine a better approach to a notoriously complicated subject.’ – Nicolas Barker, in The Book Collector

‘An immense and fascinating compendium of literary frauds and spuriosities covering more than two millennia. … An ambitious achievement in bibliographical compilation, [it] affords textual scholars and book historians an invaluable resource for future research into this complicated, venerable, and culturally significant field of literary activity.’ – Gregory Mackie, in SHARP News

‘This wonderful catalogue introduces the reader to fake texts of every imaginable kind – ancient and modern, lurid and lively, stunningly skillful, and sublimely stupid – as well as the scholar detectives who exposed them.’ – Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

Arthur Freeman is the author of many bio-bibliographical studies in the English Renaissance and later, including Thomas Kyd: Facts and Problems (1966) and Elizabeth’s Misfits (1978), as well as Bibliotheca Fictiva (2014) and three supplementary ‘footnotes’ on Catullus, Robert Ware, and the legendary Julia Alpinula (2015–2021), various editions and facsimile reprint series, a pseudonymous novel, and ten books of verse. With his wife Janet Ing Freeman he has also published Anatomy of an Auction (1990), John Payne Collier: Scholarship and Forgery in the Nineteenth Century (2004), and Courtship, Slander, and Treason: Studies of Mary Queen of Scots, the Fourth Duke of Norfolk, and a Few of their Contemporaries, 1568–87 (2019).

ISBN 978-0-9955192-5-1

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Seventeen pamphlets relating mostly to legal cases in Scotland.

An interesting sammelband relating largely to Scottish legal cases, containing 12 items unrecorded on ESTC, COPAC and OCLC. The cases include those of a Kilbagie distiller convicted of bribery; of Sir William Erskine of Torrie against a London banking house; of a St Andrews minister convicted of perjury; of a forged bill presented at the counting house of Sir William Forbes; and of an Aberdeen-based troupe of musicians.

Contents:

1. [BREBNER, John.] Information for John Brebner late merchant of Halifax, now residing in Aberdeen, defender and pursuer, against William Sibbald merchant in Leith, pursuer and defender. Lord Hailes Reporter. [Edinburgh], 12 July 1785.
pp. 33, [1], 16; side notes slightly trimmed, short closed tear to last leaf (without loss), last page dusty. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC. The defendant claiming to have been duped in business conducted in North America and the West Indies.

2. [STEIN, James.] George, &c. Forasmuchas it is humbly meaned and complained unto us, by our right trusty Ilay Campbell, Esq; our advocate for our interest, upon James Stein distiller at Kilbagie ... that whereas, by the laws of this realm, bribery and corruption, especially when practiced by a distiller ... [Edinburgh, 1785].
pp. 8. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC. Stein found guilty of attempted bribery.

3. [STEIN, James.] Information for Ilay Campbell, Esq; his majesty’s advocate of Scotland against James Stein distiller at Kilbagie. [Edinburgh], 23 September 1786.

pp. 16. Not on ESTC; 1 copy on OCLC (BL).

4. [STEIN, James.] Clauses in the statutes referred to in the information for James Stein, under the different heads bribery, forgery, and perjury. [Edinburgh, 1786].

pp. 15, [1 blank]. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

5. [STEIN, James.] Information for James Stein, distiller at Kilbeggie; against Ilay Campbell, Esq; his majesty’s advocate of Scotland. [Edinburgh], 31 October 1786.

pp. [2], 33, [1 blank]; small stain to title, small loss to blank margin of F1. Not on ESTC; 1 copy on OCLC (BL).

6. [ERSKINE, William.] Information for Robert, Henry, George, and Andrew-Berkley Drummond, bankers in London, defenders; against Sir William Erskine, and others, creditors of Hugh and Archibald Seton, pursuers. To be reported to Lord Swinton. [Edinburgh], 20 April 1787.

pp. 29, [1 blank]; small closed marginal tear to D1. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

7. [ERSKINE, William.] Information for Sir William Erskine of Torry, and for the other creditors of Hugh Seton of Touch, Esq; and of Archibald Seton, Esq; his eldest son, pursuers; against Hugh Powel ... and Robert, Henry, George and Andrew-Berkley Drummond ... London, bankers, defenders. To be reported by Lord Swinton. [Edinburgh], 20 April 1787.

pp. 39, [1 blank]. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

8. [ERSKINE, William.] Report and exhibits in the process Sir William Erskine, &c. against Robert, Henry, &c. Drummonds, Esqrs. [Edinburgh, 1787].

pp. [2], 75, [1 blank]; last page dusty. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

9. [LESLIE, William.] Criminal letters, against the reverend Mr William Leslie. [Edinburgh, 1787].
pp. 8; first page dusty. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC. Leslie was found guilty of perjury.

10. [LESLIE, William.] Information for the rev. Mr William Leslie, minister of the parish of St Andrews and Longbride, pannel; against Alexander Penrose-Cumming of Altyre, Esq; with concourse of his majesty’s advocate, prosecutor. [Edinburgh], 15 January 1787.
pp. 28; light spotting. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

11. [GRAHAM, Mary.] June 12, 1772. Unto the right honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the petition of Mary Graham, relict of John Grinlay, and John Graham of Redfoord, her nephew. [Edinburgh], 12 June 1772.

pp. 8; imperfect, wanting part of leaf B2 and text thereafter; dusty. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

12. [FORBES, William.] Unto the right honourable, the Lords of Council and Session, the petition of Sir William Forbes, James Hunter, and Company, bankers in Edinburgh. [Edinburgh], 29 February 1788.

pp. 21, [1 blank]. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

13. [BRIERLY, Joseph.] Memorial for Joseph Brierly and George-Stevens Sutherland, musicians, suspenders; against George Forbes, procurator-fiscal of the borough of Aberdeen, charger. Bill of suspension. Lord Henderland reporter. [Edinburgh], 8 March 1787.

pp. 12, 6. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

14. [FRASER, Alexander.] Articles and conditions relative to the tacks of Alexander Fraser, Esq; of Strichen. [Aberdeen?, 1781?].

pp. 14. ESTC, COPAC and OCLC show 1 copy only, at Aberdeen University.

15. [DOCKYARDS.] Copy of a letter from the right honourable Lord Sydney ... to his grace the Duke of Richmond ... appointing his grace president of the board of land and sea officers for investigating ... his majesty’s dock yards at Portsmouth and Plymouth ... [London], 1786.

pp. 19, [1 blank]; pages folded to fit in volume. ESTC T128818 (5 copies).

16. [DOCKYARDS.] Copy of an estimate of the expense of fortifying his majesty’s dock yards at Portsmouth and Plymouth, by the committee of engineers at the Tower ... [London], 1786.

pp. 6, [2]; pages folded to fit in volume. Not on ESTC, COPAC or OCLC.

17. Case of the dean and faculty of advocates, clerks to his majesty’s signet, and other members of the College of Justice, in Scotland. [Edinburgh], 1786.

pp. 4. Not on ESTC; OCLC shows 1 copy at the University of California.

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