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For The Paris Review Graciela Mochkofsky reveals the story of a stolen first edition of Borges's early poems which was returned to Argentina's National Library. And she asks: Was it the right copy?

„The world of rare books and manuscripts is full of intrigues, betrayals, and frauds. Alberto Casares has lived in this world for decades; as the president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Buenos Aires, he’s an expert on the subject. He’s got the physique du rôl: a gray, messy beard; a soft body; an intense and wary look.

A few months ago, Casares was offered a seventeenth-century original edition of Don Quixote for one million euros. He recognized it as a well-known forgery from the nineteenth century, worth no more than €200,000. The seller took it away, determined to find a more unsuspecting client, and Casares was left alone with the melancholy of having lost something that was never his to own.”

For The Paris Review Graciela Mochkofsky reveals the story of a stolen first edition of Borges’s early poems which was returned to Argentina’s National Library. And she asks: Was it the right copy?

Read the whole story in The Paris Review (April 2014)


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