London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
FAIRFAX, Thomas, 3rd Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1612-1671). Three contemporary manuscripts of works attributed to Fairfax, the first two chiefly in the same idiosyncratic 17th-century hand, comprising: 'The psalmes of King David paraphrased into verse ... by the Right Hon[oura]ble Tho[mas] Lord Fairfax ... 1669', with other sacred and secular verse, in both orientations, including an epitaph on Fairfax; a series of sermons on biblical passages and other subjects; and a related manuscript, parsing a series of theological doctrines, attributed to Fairfax in a 19th-century note to terminal blank, with ownership inscription of Thomas Worsley; altogether approx 526 leaves, 8vo and 4to, later calf and vellum, the first and third bound as oblong volumes.
Having resigned his military commands in 1650, Fairfax devoted himself to literary and religious pursuits at his house at Nun Appleton, Yorkshire. The presence of Andrew Marvell, who was tutor to Fairfax's daughter at Nun Appleton, lends a particular interest to Fairfax's verse compositions. (3)
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