I have neither time nor inclination to alert all the "dealers" who misrepresent provenance. I have seen an increase in misrepresentations lately. If a dealer can not cite specific references to back up a claim do not buy from him. Here is how this dealer tap danced around his lack of accuracy:
"Notably, volume bears the bookplate of "Alexander Hamilton", presumably the famous American statesman. Bookplate dates from the 18th century and was pasted over scribbled annotations on verso of front cover [see images]. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, economist, and political philosopher. He led calls for the Philadelphia Convention, was one of America's first Constitutional lawyers, co-writing the "Federalist Papers", a primary source for Constitutional interpretation."
This is not the bookplate of Alexander Hamilton the American statesman.In fact, it is not an American bookplate.
Last week another dealer offered me a bookplate that was also questionable. It may have been what he claimed it was but when I asked him to cite some sort of reference he finally sent me the following :
"Sir, I bought the book from an estate sale of a collector in Los Angeles. He had other rare collector books as well as signatures and autographs. Apparently he was well known for his collection. I was told the bookplate was authentic by his wife, and also saw the small penciled notation in the book that stated that it was when they purchased it. I hope this helps "
Sorry pal, that's not good enough for me. See you on Sunday.