An Almost Perfect Forgery

When I was about 16, I fell in love with books. Oh, I don’t mean reading — I was in love with reading long before then. I mean that I fell in love with books as objects, as vessels of information with their own form and function. In college I took a course on bibliography called The History of the Book, which only served to make the love stronger. In 2002 I studied bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. So, when the 46th Annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair came to town, of course I had to visit. While I was at the fair, I attended a talk titled “Forging Galileo” by assistant professor Nick Wilding of Georgia State University, and it kind of blew my mind.

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