Forgeries, Fakes, and Counterfeits in Print Culture

Forgeries, Fakes, and Counterfeits in Print Culture: Texts, Editions, Copies 10-11 May 2024, Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College, Oxford Convenors:Geri Della Rocca de Candal and Paolo Sachet


Friday 10 May, Morning9.30amRegistrationand Coffee10.00am Opening Remarks10.15am -12pm Texts I: False TextsGeorgijs Dunajevs(Würzburg–National Library of Latvia)‘Faux Completeness over Textual Authenticity: A Case Study of the Taiping guangji’Avni Chag(VU Amsterdam)‘Writing in the Name of God: Implications of Pseudepigrapha in the Śikṣāpatrī’Andrea Brondino(Warwick)‘From Fiction to Fake, and Back Again: Reframing the Protocols of Zionin The Prague Cemeteryof Umberto Eco’Enrico Emanuele Prodi(Cagliari)‘The Artemidorus Papyrus between the Ivory Tower and the Public Arena’

Friday 10 May, Afternoon1.30pm -3.15pm Editions I: Fake ImprintsPaolo Sachet(IHR, Geneva)‘“Ad Catacumbas”:Rome and its Historical Sites as Fake Imprints in Protestant Publications’Hadrien Dami(IHR, Geneva)‘From Pierre Aubert to Pierre Marteau: Geneva as Fake Imprint and Hub for Fake Imprints in the Seventeenth Century’Jacqueline Hylkema(Leiden)‘The Politics of Printing Forgery in the Dutch Republic, from the States Bible to Spinoza’Pierre Delseardt(Antwerp)‘Paratext and Persuasion: Fake Imprints as Political Statements in the Habsburg Low Countries (1781–1793)’3.15pmCoffee Break3.45pm -5.30pmCopies I: Forgers and ForgeriesGeri Della Rocca de Candal(Oxford)‘Untangling aCase of Double Forgery: A Unique Copy of the 1499 Hypnerotomachia Poliphili’Katharina Mähler(Herzog August Bibliothek)‘On Closer Inspection: Suspicious Details of Historic Bookbindings’Paul Needham(Princeton)‘The Rome Editions of the Columbus Letter 1493: Collecting, Thieving, and Forging’Nick Wilding(Georgia State University)‘Forging Print and Provenance: Deception and Detection in the Case of Galileo’

Saturday 11 May, Morning9.30amCoffee10.15am -12pm Texts II: False AuthorshipPhillip Haberken(Boston University)‘The Challenge of Verisimilitude and the “True Likeness” of Jan Husin the German Reformation’Marco Spreafico(Warburg Institute)‘Un autre est moi: Faking and Forging Self-Translations in Early Modern Italy and France’Giovanni Spalloni(CNR)‘Lettere agli eretici: A Textual Forgery in the Turmoil of 1977’Anthony Grafton(Princeton)‘Joseph Scaliger and the Case of the Doctor’s Diploma’Saturday 11 May, Afternoon1.30pm -3.15pmEditions II: Pirating and WorkaroundsEster Camilla Peric(Scuola Superiore Meridionale)‘Aldine Counterfeits: Reassessing the Lyon and Italian Imitations’John Bidwell(Morgan Library & Museum)‘Authorized Editions: Some Manuscript and Printed Authentication Statements’François DupuigrenetDesroussilles(Independent)‘Counterfeiting Jansenist Bibles during the Reign of Louis XIV: The Brussels-Paris Connection’Pritha Mukherjee (Reading)‘Re-Evaluating Book Piracy and its Market in India’3.15pmCoffee Break

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