The Bookman's Tale hit home with me for a lot of reasons, one of which is that it's about book collecting and restoring old books and book forgery, all of which I find fascinating. It's also about the search for the Holy Grail of book collecting, an original Shakespeare manuscript.
The subtitle refers to more than book collecting, however. The protagonist, an American named Peter Byerley, since the death of his wife, has lived an isolated life in England. One day he finds a portrait of a woman who looks exactly like her stuck in a book in a small English bookshop. He becomes obsessed with finding out who the woman was, and this is what leads him to his other search.
The sections about Byerley alternate with sections set in Shakespeare's time and afterwards, and in those we learn about the manuscript and its various owners through the years. These sections don't slow down the narrative, or not for me. They added a good bit of interest.
Throw in murder, secret passages, tombs, and a bit of romance, and you have a winner. I quite enjoyed this one.