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The book deals with the exposing of various impostors and hoaxes. It was first published in 1910 in the UK by Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd., London, and in the US by Sturgis & Walton Company, New York.
This curious 1910 work, one of his last, is an amusing survey of the charlatans, rogues, and other practitioners of make-believe and delight us. With a cheerfully withering eye for their cons, Stoker introduces us to many famous fakers including: royal pretenders (such as Perkin Warbeck, who claimed King Henry VII's throne; Wandering Jew; John Law; Arthur Orton; Women masquerading as men; hoaxers; Chevalier D'eon; Bisley Boys, and others.