Berkeley: Univ of California Press, (1990),
First American Edition. large quarto, cloth in dust jacket. 312 pp. Univ of California Press, Item #29274
"What is a fake and why are fakes made?...More than 600 objects from the British Museum and many other major collections are included here, there are spectacular fakes, once hailed as masterpieces of ancient and modern art. there are mermen and manuscripts, Chinese bronzes and Chelsea Porcelain. There are literary and documentary frauds, and political forgeries that have changed the course of detection are described. But many puzzles remain: the book concludes with a discussion of intriguing cases like the Vinland Map, the 'Aztec' rock-cystal skull and the mysterious discoveries at Glozel which continue to perplex curator, historian and scientist alike." Extensively illustrated. Includes examples of faked illuminated manuscripts, bookbindings, and, of course, T. J. Wise. One very short tear to top edge of jacket, else fine.