Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982,
First Edition. octavo, maroon boards in dust jacket. xiv, 454pp. Oxford University Press, Item #29135
"In 1850, John Payne Collier was among the foremost scholars of his generation: a man of prodigious learning, the preeminent editor of Shakespeare, the author of over forty books of critical commentary and literary history. Ten years later, Collier was the object of universal contempt and execration. At the summit of his career, he was accused of outrageous crimes of forgery and theft, and almost overnight he became one of the most despised men in England...It is the story of scholarly deception, of intellectual overreaching, of secrets kept, of mysteries unexplored..." Several illustrations. Spine of jacket faded.