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    History of a book forgery

    Galileo's O...

    Multi-volumed work

    Galileo's O

    Ed. by Bredekamp, Horst

    Volume III

    A Galileo Forgery

    Unmasking the New York Sidereus Nuncius

    Ed. by Bredekamp, Horst / Brückle, Irene / Needham, Paul

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      • Sheds new light on the production of books in the early modern period
      • Engages in an interdisciplinary analysis of a unique forgery
      • Explores the psychology of the forgers

      Aims and Scope

      Galileo’s O, Volume III, is perhaps without peer in the history of the book. In this work, historians in various fields revise the results they presented in the first two volumes, which focused on the New York copy of Sidereus Nuncius, written in 1610.The analysis of this book was conceived as a uniquely multidisciplinary and cooperative undertaking, and many of its findings remain valid. Yet the subject of analysis proved to be the work of an international group of forgers. Volume III describes the chronology and methods by which the discovery of forgery was made – a veritable watershed moment in the continuing struggle between the ever-more refined methods of forgers and new methods used to apprehend them. Ultimately, the work also provides insight into the psychology of specialists who “research themselves” in order to prevent similar errors in the future.

      Horst Bredekamp, Humboldt-Univ., Berlin; Irene Brückle, Staatl. Akad. der bildenden Künste Stuttgart; Paul Needham, Princeton Univ.

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