St. John's College in Cambridge is inviting the public to view a famous artifact from the history of hoaxes — a first-edition of The History of Formosa
written by George Psalmanazar. [link: Belfast Telegraph
Back in the early 18th century, Psalmanazar posed as a native of Taiwan
and had many of Britain's educated elites believing the ruse, even as he invented bizarre stories about the customs of Taiwan.
If there was a real Museum of Hoaxes, this would be a great artifact to have on display. But it also shows the difficulty of ever having such a museum, because it turns out these artifacts are incredibly expensive, making the cost of acquiring them prohibitive.
Unless the museum were full of fake copies of these artifacts. Fakes of fakes.