W. Thomas Taylor. Texfake. An Account of the Theft and Forgery of Early Texas Printed Documents. Austin: W. Thomas Taylor, 1991. First edition of a special edition limited to seventy copies specially bound by the author (though the original publisher's prospectus indicates only fifty copies) and signed on a limitation page at the rear of the book. 8vo. 158pp. With 39 plates. Foreword by Larry McMurtry. Publisher's original 2-page prospectus and order form laid in. Rebound in a beautiful quarter leather binding by Cangemi of Oak Cliff, with hand-made paper over boards. The striking paper is reminiscent of the design on peacock feathers. A lovely and singular copy. Tiny spot to top edge. In fine condition.

    The author spent over three years investigating forgeries of important Texas documents and discusses at length the looting of Texas libraries by thieves during the 1960s. From McMurtry's introduction: "In demonstrating how a large and not especially expert batch of Texas forgeries rather easily filtered into, and then flooded, the market, Tom Taylor explodes this myth, without once mentioning it." Fascinating (and frightening) reading for the collector.

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