LITERARY HOAX - EDGAR ALLEN POE. COSEY, JOSEPH. 1887-1950. The Black Cat. Autograph Manuscript, being the first page of Poe's The Black Cat,

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LITERARY HOAX - EDGAR ALLEN POE.
COSEY, JOSEPH. 1887-1950.
The Black Cat. Autograph Manuscript, being the first page of Poe's The Black Cat,

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LITERARY HOAX - EDGAR ALLEN POE.
COSEY, JOSEPH. 1887-1950. The Black Cat. Autograph Manuscript, being the first page of Poe's The Black Cat, 1 p, 12mo (165 x 104 mm), in black ink, slight chipping to bottom edge, stain at top margin.

Joseph Cosey (a pseudonym for Martin Coneely) was one of the most notorious forgers of autograph documents of American literary and political figures. After being dishonorably discharged from the Army and serving prison time for various minor crimes, Cosey found his calling in 1929 when he tried to sell a stolen Benjamin Franklin document to a New York dealer and was told (incorrectly) that it was a forgery. He later sold a forged Lincoln signature to the same dealer, and went on to fake numerous documents, including a draft of the Declaration of Independence. After being arrested in 1937 and serving a year in prison, he continued his deceit well into the 1940s.
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LITERARY HOAX - EDGAR ALLEN POE. COSEY, JOSEPH. 1887-1950. The Black Cat. Autograph Manuscript, being the first page of Poe's The Black Cat,
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