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Simonides, Constantine
Fac-Similes of Certain Portions of the Gospel of St. Matthew, and of the Epistles of Ss. James & Jude, Written on Papyrus in the First Century, and Preserved in the Egyptian Museum of Joseph Mayer, Esq. Liverpool (Lacking the engraved frontispiece portrait)
London: Trübner & Co., 1861. First edition. Hardcover. g+ to vg. Folio. (15 1/2 x 11 3/4"). 79, [1]pp (Text) XIV (14, i.e 15) leaves of plates. Uncut. Modern brown cloth, with gold lettering to spine. Title page in red and black lettering, with vignette. This scarce book is the work of Constantine Simonides (1824-1867), undoubtly one of the greatest forgers of the 19th century, a "genius" who mastered the styles of writing, the colors of inks and paints of different times, as well as the different kinds of parchments used. In this book, Simonides claims to have "discovered" a papyrus in Liverpool which he presents as the original copy of St. Matthew's Gospel! The manuscript (known as Codex Mayerianus) is reproduced in facsimile. As soon as this book was published, a controversy arised on the authenticity of the document. Simonides offered to bring the manuscript to the British Museum, and to answer any questions. After close examination, most of the experts present agreed that the document was a fake. Ex-library copy, with sticker at tail of spine, bookplate on inside of front cover, and pocket and reference number on inside of back board. Lacking the engraved frontispiece portrait of Matthew, by Day & Son, lithographers to the Queen. Minor to moderate age-toning and foxing to title and dedication page. Binding in overall very good, interior in good+ to very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Eric Chaim Kline - Bookseller [United States]
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