Hydrarchos MS Analyzed in Journal of Forensic Document Examination

Posted By on April 26, 2018

An 1846 handcrafted news satire previously documented on this website in the two posts linked below has been published in the 2017 issue of the Journal of Forensic Document Examination.  The article details a few of the numerous grounds for the document’s attribution as a lost-and-found words and picture manuscript of the American novelist Herman Melville (1819-1891). Click on the image to enlarge it.








The article incorporates 32 visual illustrations in color, including high definition images of the MS itself. Click on the image to enlarge it.








The entire article is now available here.

Links to previous articles about the “Hydrarchos,” including full color illustrations:


Roger that, CEDAR

About the author

Roger Stritmatter is a native liberal humorist who lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Contrary to rumor, he does not live on North Avenue. He does, however, work on North Avenue. A pacifist by inclination, one of his heroes is John Brown. But he thinks that Fredrick Douglass, another of his heroes, made the right decision. Stritmatter's primary areas of interest include the nature of paradigm shifts, the history of ideas, forensic literary studies, MS studies, renaissance literature, and the history of the Shakespearean question, the latter a field in which he has published extensively.


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