On April 2, the BBC Antiques Roadshow featured a tiny commonplace book, written in a seventeenth century hand, on the subject of William Shakespeare’s Comedies and Tragedies. The gentleman who brought it in was a distant descendant of eighteenth-century antiquarian John Loveday. He had found it among his mother’s possessions. The notes were written “by an unknown seventeenth century William Shakespeare scholar”. The book included notes in Latin; the jottings could have been the work of a student analyzing the playwright's work.
Manuscript specialist Matthew Haley placed a value of £30,000 on the book. Its real value will probably be in providing evidence of how Shakespeare was received during or shortly after his lifetime.
For a video about this find, go to http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-berkshire-39452558.