John Mainwaring

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John Mainwaring (1724–1807) was an English theologian and the first biographer of the composer Georg Friedrich Händel in any language. He was a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, and became rector of the parish of Church Stretton, Shropshire, and, later professor of Divinity at Cambridge. In 1760, one year after Handel was buried in Westminster Abbey he published anonymously a biography 'Memoirs of the Life of the Late George Frederic Handel'.

More than half of this biography is focused on the years before 1712, when Handel moved to London. Therefore, it is supposed he received information from Handel himself on his early life or from John Christopher Smith. The ''Catalogue'' and the ''Observations'' are additions to the Memoirs by other authors. Charles Jennens owned a copy of the Memoirs, and provided the book with critical remarks on Semele and Benedetto Pamphili.

In 1761 Johann Mattheson published an extended translation with sharp remarks on the biography of Mainwaring.

Facsimile reprints of the "Memoirs" were published in 1964 and 1975. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1780
Printed by J. Archdeacon printer to the University; for T. Cadell, in the Strand, London; and T. & J. Merrill, in Cambridge

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1765
printed for J. Whiston and B. White, in Fleet-Street; and W. Thurlbourn and J. Woodyer, in Cambridge

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1773
printed by J. Archdeacon printer to the University; for J. Woodyer, in Cambridge; and sold by J. Beecroft, Paternoster-Row, B. White, Fleetstreet, and T. Cadell, in the Strand, London; and D. Prince, at Oxford

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1775
printed by J. Archdeacon printer to the University; for J. Woodyer, in Cambridge; and sold by J. Beecroft, Pater noster Row, B. White, Fleetstreet, and T. Cadell, in the Strand, London; and D. Prince, at Oxford

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1765
printed for J. Whiston and B. White, in Fleet-Street; and W. Thurlbourn and J. Woodyer, in Cambridge

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1764
printed by J. Bentham, Printer to the University; for W. Thurlbourn & J. Woodyer, in Cambridge; and sold by J. Beecroft in Pater-Noster-Row; and W. Sandby in Fleet-Street, London

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1766
printed for Benjamin White, at Horace's Head, Fleet-Street, and Mess. Thurlbourn and Woodyer, at Cambridge

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1789
printed by J. Archdeacon Printer to the University; for J. & J. Merrill, in Cambridge; T. Cadell, in the Strand, B. White & Son, in Fleetstreet, G. & T. Wilkie, in St. Paul's Churchyard, and J. Evans, in Paternoster Row, London

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1778
printed by J. Archdeacon printer to the University; for J. Woodyer, in Cambridge; and sold by T. Beecroft, Paternoster Row, B. White, Fleetstreet, and T. Cadell, in the Strand, London; and D. Prince, at Oxford

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1781
printed by J. Archdeacon, Printer to the University; for T. & J. Merrill, in Cambridge; T. Cadell, in the Strand, J. Dodsley, in Pall Mall, B. White, in Fleetstreet, T. Payne & Son, at the Mews Gate, R. Faulder, in New Bondstreet, and G. Wilkie, in St. Paul's Churchyard, London

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1780
printed by F. Hodson. Sold by T. and J. Merrill; and by J. Dodsley, T. Cadell, B. White, and J. Wilkie, London

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1776
printed by J. Archdeacon printer to the University; for J. Woodyer, in Cambridge; and sold by T. Beecroft, Pater noster Row, B. White, Fleetstreet, and T. Cadell, in the Strand, London; and D. Prince, at Oxford

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1759
printed for J. Whiston and B. White, in Fleet-Street

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1760
printed for R. and J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1795
printed by John Archdeacon and John Burges, printers to the University; and sold by J. Deighton, Cambridge; T. Cadell and W. Davies, Strand; B. and J. White, Fleetstreet; F. and C. Rivington, St. Paul's Churchyard; Clarke, New Bond Street, and Deighton, Holborn, London

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by Mainwaring, John
Published 1798
printed by J. Burges printer to the University; and sold by J. Deighton, Cambridge; Messrs. Rivington, St. Paul's Church-Yard; Cadell and Davies, Strand; and Hatchard, Piccadilly, London