A student’s notebook from the lifetime of Shakespeare, which includes some of the playwright’s own phrases, will appear on the Antiques Roadshow.
A manuscripts specialist said the miniature 17th-century pad of “scientific scholarly notes” penned in Latin was one of the most valuable items he had ever seen on the programme.
“There is so much research that can be done on this item,” said expert Matthew Haley, who added that the find left him “trembling”.
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“It’s amazing, it’s almost completely illegible, but you can pick out the odd word, and you can pick out phrases that appear in Shakespeare.”
According to the BBC, it is understood the little book could have belonged to a student analysing Shakespeare’s work.
It is believed to have come from the collection of 18th-century antiquarian John Loveday, of Caversham, after it was found by his five-times grandson among a collection of items belonging to his mother.
The value of the book will be shared on Sunday evening’s programme.
Antiques Roadshow will broadcast on BBC One at 8pm on Sunday.