SPRING (ROBERT) Collection of autograph letters by, and forgeries attributed to, Robert Spring, including four autograph letters signed, 1862
Lot 90*
SPRING (ROBERT) Collection of autograph letters by, and forgeries attributed to, Robert Spring, including four autograph letters signed, 1862
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  • The English-born Robert Spring (1813-1876) settled in Philadelphia as a bookseller in about 1858 and is probably the best known of the forgers of Americana, his speciality being autograph material by Washington. A favourite was the prisoner release order addressed to Jabez Huntington of Windham, made out in favour of various prisoners at various dates (as in our collection); many of his forgeries being made to order, in a manner of speaking, so as to dupe individual purchasers with a weakness for family history: for an illustrated analysis, illustrating documents very similar to ours, see Kenneth W. Rendell, Forging History: The Detection of Fake Letters and Documents, 1994, pp. 77-82. The document purportedly signed by Franklin and Adams appears to be by Joseph Cosey (1887-c.1950), probably the most prolific American forger: see the analysis by Charles Hamilton, Great Forgers and Famous Fakes, 1996, pp. 88-120, especially the petition illustrated on p. 106.

    T.H. Morrell was a book collector who held several sales with Bangs, Merwin & Co, including one billed as his Entire Private Collection of Autograph Letters, &c on 1 November 1859.
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