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When it first surfaced in 2005, it was hailed as 'the most important Galileo find in more than a century'
. Then, in June 2012, news broke on the Ex Libris mailing list
that the unique 'proof copy' of Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius
containing his original drawings of the Moon was in fact a highly sophisticated forgery
. The full story is still unclear, but the finger of suspicion points at Marino Massimo de Caro
, who in his brief reign as director of the Girolamini Library
in Naples removed thousands of rare books
in what has been described as a 'premeditated, organised and brutal'
sacking of the library. Meanwhile, experts are still marvelling at the quality of the forgery: "We’ve seen missing pages replaced in facsimile, but no one dreamed that an entire book could be forged, something that is now more easily possible because of modern technology."
posted by verstegan
on Apr 4, 2013 -