Just a quick. Stop press – in case you hadn’t heard – the Antiques Roadshow* has managed to unearth a stunning little manuscript, written in the 17th century, which includes quotes and some analysis on (as the title page has it) “Shakespeare’s Comedies and Tragedies”**.
There’s a bit about it on the BBC website here – to me the most charming parts are that the cover re-used some old music (very environmentally friendly!) and that at one point it veers off into scientific notes. It’s nice to know I follow in a long line of people who can’t keep to a single subject in a single book, no matter how small.
The thing is tiny and will presumably take some time to be wrung through the academic mangle, but it’s a wonderful thing. Estimated value*** only around £30,000 which seems like an absolute bargain to me!
* Yes, that is still a thing.
** No word on the histories. Maybe the dude didn’t like them.
*** I have to quote this, it’s the Antiques Roadshow, I’m pretty sure there’s a law.