Butterfly Books: Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Twentieth Century Pamphlets

 
9780854000241: Butterfly Books: Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Twentieth Century Pamphlets

First edition, limited to 400 copies. A fascinating look at Frederic Prokosch and the collection of printed books of famous 20th century authors that were produced under his name. Barker's detective work, along the lines of the famous Wise affair, used type founts, paper and textual study to reveal a series of forgeries that had passed through Sotheby's hands during the 1960s and 1970s. With a bibliography of the titles in the back. Minor rubbing of spine. 283 pages. cloth-backed boards.. 8vo..

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Book Description Bertram Rota, 1987. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 0854000240 0854000240 Very Good. (Binding: Hardcover, Jacket: No Jacket) Nicolas Barker's thorough expose of the Frederic Prokosch pamphlet forgeries. A tour de force of bibliographic investigation. Black cloth with papered boards with butterfly net design. 12 illustrations, plus 'typographic illustrations of title and text pages of specimens of each group of pamphlets.' Spine has light wear at top. Light wear to boards, with bottom right of front bumped such that the paper has torn 6 cm. Bookseller Inventory # 75963

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Book Description Bertram Rota (Publishing) Ltd., London, first edition, 1987, 1987. Limited edition of 400 copies. Cloth-backed paper-patterned boards, small 4to, 22 cm 283 pp, [28] pp of plates and ills. In 1972 Sotheby & Co offered for sale what was described as "a complete set of the poetry pamphlets written or produced by Frederic Prokosch". There were, altogether, 79 of these, 29 manuscripts and 50 printed books, all short poems by 18 different authors, all well-known. Among them were W.H. Auden, T.S. Eliot and W.B. Yeats. The pamphlets made a substantial sum, the majority being bought by the well-known booksellers, Bernard Quaritch, but within a month. Quaritch wrote to Sotheby's returning 33 printed pamphlets on the ground that "the dates and/or places of publication claimed for them are not as stated in the.catalogue" - that they were, in short, forgeries. The episode curiously reflected the famous 1934 case of T.J. Wise and the forged Victorian pamphlets. How did the forgeries come into existence, and why? Were they imitations of existing books, or were they original editions, copies of no known exemplar? Who was Frederic Prokosch? Who had singled out Prokosch's work for imitation? All these questions had to be addressed, employing the classic methods of analysis of the materials used that had brought about the detection of the Wise forgeries. The sources of the texts as well as their material ingredients, the worlds of typography and paper-making, the art of marbling paper, then dying but now in revival, the new world of man-made fibres and adhesives - all these had to be plumbed. Between and among these fields, flitted the elusive figure of Frederic Prokosch, poet, novelist, perhaps printer too, like one of his favourite butterflies (for he was a learned entomologist, besides). Nicolas Barker provides a fascinating account of his unravelling of the forensic and literary problems. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-38617

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