Drake's Plate of Brass Authenticated: The Report on the Plate of Brass; With a foreword, and a Biographical Note on Professor Fink (Together with) The Plate of Brass Reexamined: A Report Issued by The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1977 (Together with) The Plate of Brass Reexamined: A Supplementary Report Issued by The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1979


Three titles in three separate volumes, all 1st Editions. One clothbound book and two wrappers. Clothbound book printed by Lawton Kennedy. The pages and covers of each book are very clean and intact. Bindings are tight. The Plate of Brass Reexamined, 1977 has a few spots that have been rubbed off on the front cover. Each book is Fine. The following description addresses each title consecutively. Drake's Plate of Brass Authenticated by Colin G. Fink, E. P. Polushkin, Allen L. Chickering (Foreword), and Joel H. Hildebrand (Biographical Note); published in San Francisco, California: Original publisher's green cloth binding. 1938. 7 1/4" x 10 3/4." Twenty-eight pages, complete. Additional unpaginated pages in the back comprising the Figures. Two plates and forty-nine Figures, all in black and white, complete. Printed on copyright page: "Special Publication No. 14; Attention is called to Special Publication No. 13, issued April, 1937, under the title, 'Drake's Plate of Brass,' to which the present volume is a sequel." Card laid in also indicating this volume is a sequel to No. 13. Back colophon: "Printed for the California Historical Society by Lawton R. Kennedy, December 1938; Typography by Harold N. Seeger." The Plate of Brass Reexamined by the Bancroft Library; published in Berkeley, CA: Original publisher's beige wrappers. 1977. 7" x 10 1/4." Eighty-three pages, complete. The Plate of Brass Reexamined: A Supplement by the Bancroft Library; published in Berkeley, CA: Original publisher's beige wrappers with staple binding. 1979. 7" x 10 1/4." Fifteen pages, complete. As the title of the clothbound book suggests, the thesis of the 1937 publication supports the idea that Drake's Plate of Brass is real. The Plate of Brass Reexamined, 1977 is inconclusive but raises doubts of the plate's authenticity. The Plate of Brass, Reexamined, 1979 concludes the plate is a hoax after years of research and a battery of tests. Technological advancements, such as X-ray diffraction and new methods of testing chemical composition, helped determine the true origins of the Drake's Plate of Brass and that is was a fake. These three volumes were published amid the infamous hoax involving the Plate of Brass purportedly made by Sir Francis Drake on which he claimed California for England. Drake's Plate of Brass was an elaborate prank carried out by members of E Clampus Vitus (ECV), a fraternity and historical society characterized by humor and lightheartedness. ECV members frequently used Dog Latin, made humorous claims of the ECV's own history, and played jokes on fellow members. The target of this hoax was Herbert Eugene Bolton, an ECV member, history professor, and Director of the Bancroft Library. The joke was intended to have been between the pranksters and Bolton, but things got out of hand when the plate gained prominence and recognition in the public spotlight. Eventually, ECV published Ye Presposterous Booke of Brasse in 1937 as a veiled confession and an attempt to expose the hoax. However, Bolton and other specialists were adamant that the plate was real. Despite compelling scientific evidence and multiple conclusions the plate was fake, it was not until 2003 that the ECV's Plate of Brass was officially proven to be a forgery.

Title: Drake's Plate of Brass Authenticated: The Report on the Plate of Brass; With a foreword, and a Biographical Note on Professor Fink (Together with) The Plate of Brass Reexamined: A Report Issued by The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1977 (Together with) The Plate of Brass Reexamined: A Supplementary Report Issued by The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1979

Author Name: Fink, Colin G; Polushkin, E. P.; Chickering, Allen L. (Foreword); Hildebrand, Joel H. (Biographical Note); The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Categories: Literature, Western Americana, Travels and Voyages,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: San Francisco, CA; Berkeley, CA, California Historical Society: 0

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Fine

Type: Book

Seller ID: 022231

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