The Sultan of Zanzibar: The Bizarre World and Spectacular Hoaxes of Horace de Vere Cole

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Black Spring, 2010 - Great Britain - 310 pages
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At one time pretty much everyone knew the name of Horace de Vere Cole, the greatest practical joker ever. But there has never been a full biography of this fascinating character, because his family have, until now, denied access to his papers. Finally, Downer now has the full cooperation of the family. Cole's comic inventiveness was extraordinary - he once organised a party in which all the guests had the word 'bottom' in their surname (i.e. Winterbottom). Much more than a catalogue of his pranks, though, this biography is a fascinating glimpse into a fascinating man.

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About the author (2010)

Martyn Downer was Head of Jewellery at Sotheby's auction house in London from 1999 to 2003. He gives regular talks on the subject and contributes to arts and antiques magazines. He is the author of Nelson's Purse.

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