In last week's issue I quoted an article discussing the 1840 "Count Fortsas" bibliophile hoax perpetrated by Renier Chalon. Len Augsburger writes:
Some time ago I translated the obituary of Renier Chalon (1802-1889) which was published in Revue Belge (1889). George Kolbe had previously shared with me his research file on the Count Fortsas affair. The translation remains unpublished, for we are searching for a book which provides further information, namely Documents et particularitíes sur le catalogue du comte de Fortsas by Emm. Hoyois (1857). Should anyone in the reading audience have a copy they might be willing to lend we would be grateful to see it.
If anyone in numismatic already had a file about this hoax, it had to be George Kolbe. Hopefully the book Len seeks will turn up soon! -Editor
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