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A Wittie and Pleasant Comedie called the Taming of the Shrew

A Wittie and Pleasant Comedie called the Taming of the Shrew.
William Shakespeare
London, 1631

This copy of The Taming of The Shrew was once part of the now-lost library of Frances Wolfreston (1607-1677). Born in Staffordshire, England, Wolfreston is one of the best known female book collectors of the 17th century. She is also the earliest known woman to have collected the works of Shakespeare. Her careful annotations record her thoughts on the plays, as well as how much she paid for her books.

Direct evidence about how early readers—and particularly how early women readers—thought about Shakespeare is invaluable to scholars. Unfortunately, Wolfreston’s ink annotations were washed away during the 1800s in order to make the book easier to sell. In her inscription, now readable only under ultraviolet light, Wolfreston voices her approval of the play, calling it “a very prity mery one.” (G.176.40)
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