Carter and Pollard,
Century Pamphlets, 218-221.
Barker and Collins,
Sequel to Certain
Nineteenth Century Pamphlets, 110.
17 (item no. 15).
James Wise and the Trial Book Fallacy., 137-156
This notorious forgery by Wise and Forman was not definitively proven as a fake until 1983 (see the Barker and Collins work cited in the
The pamphlet was a popular item with collectors from its first appearance, but it was also suspected as a forgery from very early.
WMR, in his Bibliography, repudiated the possibility of Verses as a true edition. Later
in revising the Bibliography, he made an exception on this point, likely for the sake of civility.
Printed no earlier than August 1887, and no later than November 1887. The existence of the copies
on vellum and fine paper mark
this production as intended for a collector; because the market for such
fine press work arose later on. Carter and Pollard use this evidence to question the
forgers' production date of 1881.