A 1741 autograph MS of Handel’s Messiah, from the British Library

The British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts website provides access to fully digitised manuscripts held at the library, with detailed descriptions of their contents.

It includes a 1741 manuscript of Handel’s Messiah, an autograph manuscript of Bach’s Das wohltemperierte Klavier and a number of manuscripts of works by Purcell.

You can now leaf through the complete manuscripts and zoom in to see tiny details.

The site is available at: http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/Default.aspx