According to this post on The Atlantic the answer may be yes. Two New York City booksellers claim that they have Shakespeare’s Personal Dictionary on eBay.
Many scholars think that Shakespeare consulted a 1580 dictionary published in London called An Alvearie, or Quadruple Dictionarie. Now, two antiquarians, George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler, believe they’ve found the copy. It surfaced on eBay, naturally, where the book’s 1580 publication date and a seller’s reference to “contemporary annotations” caught Koppelman’s eye. But some experts say wait a minute. The handwriting in the margins may tell a different story!
Who’s right? Read the article and decide for yourself.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.