Willie Shakes’ library

This guy has been tracking down William Shakespeare’s fabled library for 20 years. He hasn’t found it, mind you, making his pursuit no more or less fruitful than what I do.

He believes that, when Shakespeare died in 1616, “some of the library was probably scattered”. The will of the Renaissance actor Nicholas Tooley asked his executor to “have a care to put off and sell my books to the most profit that he can”, and Kells suspects this is what happened to Shakespeare’s books. Those not sold on his death, or destroyed or lost, “are sitting quietly, in cabinets and on shelves, in public and private collections around the world”, he speculates.

Needs more bun and horn-rim glasses.

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