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MSS. Fairfax:
manuscripts from the collection of General Thomas Fairfax, third baron Fairfax (1612-71)



Summary Catalogue, vol. II pt. 2, pp. 771-87 (a few post-medieval manuscripts are described in other vols.)

History of the collection

The following note is taken from ibid, pp. 771-2.

The twenty-eight manuscripts bequeathed by Sir Thomas Fairfax in 1671 form a valuable collection bearing on medieval British history and literature, in part acquired by his uncle Charles Fairfax, the antiquary. As a friend and patron of Roger Dodsworth, General Fairfax acquired that vast storehouse of antiquarian learning which comprises the present Dodsworth collection. This, too, he bequeathed to the Library, and fuller information on the Fairfax family and their collections will therefore be found before no. 4143 [i.e. ibid, pp. 865-7].

Western manuscripts to c. 1500
Western manuscripts
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