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Forman, Henry Buxton [Harry] (1842–1917), bibliographer and forger, was born on 11 July 1842 at Camden Place, Southampton Street, Camberwell, the third son and fifth child of the eight children of George Ellery Forman (1800–1867), naval surgeon, and his wife, Maria Courthorpe (1805–1888)...

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Wise, Thomas James (1859–1937), book collector and forger, was born on 7 October 1859 at 52 Wrotham Road, Gravesend, Kent, the eldest of four children, all sons, of Thomas Wise (1828–1902) and Julia Victoria Dauncy (1838–1881). The father, described by his son as 'manufacturing traveller', gave his occupation on the birth certificate of his youngest son as 'tobacconist'. After ...