Notebook written by unknown 17th-century William Shakespeare scholar leaves Antiques Roadshow expert ‘trembling’
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A notebook from the 17th-century containing extremely rare notes on Shakespeare’s plays has surfaced on the Antiques Roadshow.
The book is entitled Shakespeare: Comedies and Tragedies, and was discovered among the collection of 18th Century antiquarian John Loveday of Caversham. Matthew Haley, head of books and manuscripts at Bonhams auctioneers, appraised the item for Antiques Roadshow, and said it was likely to fetch more than £30,000 at auction, although he added that its “enormous scholarly value” had left him “trembling”.
“We don’t know who the person who wrote it is, but obviously if it’s a 17th-century hand they were either going along to Shakespeare’s plays when they were being performed and taking notes, or they were reading one of the first four printed editions of Shakespeare, which is really amazing.”