" . . . a meticulous and sober analysis of an incredible set of events that spanned two decades and rocked American antiquarian bookselling and collecting. . . . It will surely become one of the classics of the field." - Colin Steele, Antiquarian Book Monthly Review

Taylor, W. Thomas. Texfake : An Account of the Theft and Forgery of Early Texas Printed Documents. Austin, TX: W. Thomas Taylor, 1991. First Trade Edition, designed & printed at the press of W. Thomas Taylor. With an introduction by Larry McMurty. 8vo., xix, 158pp. Quarter cloth and facsimile printed paper boards, spine lettered in gilt. Illustrated with several plates throughout.

An exhaustive work of scholarship unveiling the lawlessness in some corners of Texas bookselling during the 60's, 70's, and 80's.

This copy signed by Dorman David on the front free endpaper, and dated by him in a humorous manner. Additionally inscribed by W. Thomas Taylor at the half-title.


"Texfake is the result of three years of investigation into the scandal surrounding the 1988 discovery of forged copies of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The New York Times, Texas Monthly, and The New Yorker all carried articles on the affair, but this is the definitive account of the history and impact of the Texas forger and his wares.

Austin rare book dealer Taylor lays out the facts concerning the forgeries: who made them; when and how they were made; how they were discovered; and whether or not the dealers involved know what they were selling. He also reveals for the first time the devastating impact of the looting of Texas libraries by thieves in the 1960s.

Taylor discusses in detail all of the printed Texas documents known to have been forged or fabricated and includes a census of every known copy, genuine or fake. The thirty-nine illustrations demonstrate how to distinguish between genuine and forged copies.

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Larry McMurtry's introduction delivers on his promise to 'slap on a little of the color that Tom Taylor has had to leave off.' McMurtry offers an amusing but clear-eyed account of the principal dealers in the affair, Dorman David and John Jenkins, and their 'top-speed stampede through the trade' from the perspective of a former employee of David's bookshop and later a dealer who knew both men." - tamu.edu/upress/BOOKS/1995/taylor.htm



David, Charles Dorman 1937 -
Jenkins, John Holmes 1940 - 1989
Book Thefts
Texas --History --Sources --Forgeries
Literary forgeries and mystifications