RENIER CHALON ALIAS FORTSAS. UN ÉRUDIT MALICIEUX AU MITAN DU XIXE SIÈCLE. François Callataÿ, Claude Sorgeloos.

RENIER CHALON ALIAS FORTSAS. UN ÉRUDIT MALICIEUX AU MITAN DU XIXE SIÈCLE.

Musée Royal de Mariemont, 2008. 4to, original printed card covers. 155, (3) pages; illustrated. Fine. Item #6094

Chalon is best known today for his role in the Fortsas hoax in 1840, which involved an obscure auction sale consisting exclusively of “unique” works unknown in the standard bibliographies, which had been dreamed up by Chalon to appeal to particular book collectors of the day—all of whom managed to learn about the sale and many of whom fell for it. His numismatic works focus mostly on medieval issues of the Low Counties, a subject on which he published hundreds of articles. His few book-length works are generally quite rare though still cited.

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