Special and Named Printed Collections in the National Library of Scotland
BALFOUR HANDEL COLLECTION
The collection of first and other early editions of the works of Georg Händel (1685-1759), c. 500 printed music scores and over 100 libretti, formed by the noted collector Julian Marshall (1836-1903). It was acquired in 1876 by Arthur J. Balfour (1848-1930), later Prime Minister, and was bought by the Library from the Trustees of his estate in 1938. Additions continue to be made to the collection, including the more important foreign works relating to the composer.
Early editions of music in the collection are described, with shelf-marks, in William C. Smith, Handel: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Early Editions, 2nd ed. with supplement, Oxford, 1970.