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Royal Music Library

The Royal Music Library is the finest component of the rich music collections of the British Library and one of the greatest treasures in the Library as a whole. Most famously, it includes almost all of Handel's autograph manuscripts, and as such constitutes the largest and most important single collection of autograph manuscripts of any great composer in any library.

Introduction

Origins (to 1727)

Queen Caroline's library

George III & Queen Charlotte

Handel's manuscripts

Frederick Nicolay 1728-1809

George, Prince of Wales 1762

Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Catalogues & further reading

Contact

Dr Nicolas Bell
Music Collections
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7772
Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7751

E-mail: music-collections@bl.uk