Handel’s Will: Facsimiles and Commentary

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Handel's Will: Facsimiles and Commentary


Author: Edited by Donald Burrows. 

Publisher: The Gerald Coke Handel Collection

Dimensions: 24 cm x 1 cm x 34.5 cm

Pages: 64

ISBN: 978 0 9560 9981 5 


On 1st June 1750, George Frideric Handel wrote out two copies of his will, which he subsequently amended with four codicils, the last one only a few days before his death in April 1759.

Here the two original copies of the will and codicils are reproduced in colour facsimile, along with other documents relating to the administration of the sale. 

The will provides insights into several aspects of Handel's life, including his family, his social circle, and his personal wealth. The facsimiles are supplemented by articles contributed by distinguished authors, elucidating the content of the will, the circumstances in which he prepared and amended it, the beneficiaries of his generosity, and the extraordinary success of his London career that is reflected in the bequests. 

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EditorDonald Burrows
AuthorEllen Harris, Richard Crewdson, Klaus-Peter Koch
CollectionFoundling Museum