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A History of Print Forgery

decoration25 Oct. 2018

Lecture in Conjunction with the Exhibition “Things aren’t what they seem”: Forgeries and Deceptions from the University of Delaware Collections 

Lecturer: Nick Wilding, Associate Professor of History Georgia State University

Recent forgeries of early modern printed material have taken the rare book world by surprise: the accurate replication of paper, binding, ink and impression has generally been considered all but impossible. But in fact, such forgery has a long, continuous and complex history, originating in the development of mechanical reproduction itself. This talk will describe the technologies of print forgery, and techniques of deathentication, while sketching the problematic outlines of this history.

Nick Wilding is a leading scholar in the history of science and communication. He has worked on two projects bringing archival resources to the internet: the Athanasius Kircher Correspondence Project and the Medici Archive Project. His first book, Galileo's Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge, was published in 2014 by the University of Chicago Press and won the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies from the MLA; his second, Faussaire de Lune. Autopsie d'une Imposture: Galilée et ses contrefacteurs, came out in 2015 from the Bibliothèque National de France. He is currently working on a history of print forgery. He has written book reviews for, among others, Isis, Renaissance Quarterly, The Journal of Modern History, and the London Review of Books.


25 Oct. 2018
181 South College Avenue
Class of 1941 Lecture Room
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