Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart. (1792-1872) was a collector of manuscripts and printed books. The late A.N.L. Munby, whose Phillipps studies (5 vols., Cambridge, 1951-60) describes Phillipps's life and the acquisition and dispersal of his manuscripts, called his library 'the greatest collection of manuscripts ever put together by one man'. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography. Dispersal of Phillipps's extensive collection began soon after his death. Lionel and Philip Robinson acquired the undispersed part of the collection in 1946, and gave the topographical collections, together with Phillipps's personal papers, to the Library in 1958.
Phillipps's papers consist of:
The collection was given to the Library by Lionel and Philip Robinson in 1958.Access Conditions
Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/).Existence of Copies
For conservation reasons, microfilms of the majority of Phillipps's correspondence are to be consulted in place of the original papers.
M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 49912-51833.
Phillipps | Thomas | 1792-1872 | Sir | Baronet, Antiquary, and Collector of MSS and Books
Phillipps | family | baronets | Middle Hill
Great Britain | Topography
MSS. Phillipps-Robinson a. 1-46,
a. 48, b. 1-88, b. 218, c. 1-387, c. 723-26, d. 1-112, d. 326, e. 1-355, e.
506-9, f. 1-53, f. 83, g. 1-2; Rubbings Phillipps-Robinson 1-933
Language of material: English, Latin, Old French, French, Ancient Greek, and German
Topographical manuscripts of Sir Thomas Phillipps, consisting of:
Fosbroke | Thomas Dudley | 1770-1842 | Antiquary
MSS. Phillipps-Robinson a. 47, b.
89-217, c. 388-722, d. 113-325, e. 356-505, f. 54-82, g. 3-6
Phillipps Family Correspondence and Papers
Language of material: English, Latin, and Spanish
Phillipps family correspondence and papers, consisting of:
Fenwick | family