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Collection Level Description: Topographical collections, correspondence and papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart. (1792-1872)

Reference: MSS. Phillipps-Robinson a. 1-48, b. 1-218, c. 1-726, d. 1-326, e. 1-509, f. 1-83, g. 1-6; Rubbings Phillipps-Robinson 1-933
Title: Topographical collections, correspondence and papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart. (1792-1872)
Dates of Creation: 16th-20th cent.
Extent: 2849 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English, Latin, Old French, French, Ancient Greek, German and Spanish

Administrative/Biographical History

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.

Scope and Content

Phillipps's papers consist of:

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Existence of Copies

For conservation reasons, microfilms of the majority of Phillipps's correspondence are to be consulted in place of the original papers.

Further Information

Finding Aids

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.

Access Points

Book collectors

Phillipps | Thomas | 1792-1872 | Sir | Baronet, Antiquary, and Collector of MSS and Books

Phillipps | family | baronets | Middle Hill

Great Britain | Topography

Component descriptions

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
Topographical Manuscripts
Language of material: English, Latin, Old French, French, Ancient Greek, and German
1988 shelfmarks

Topographical manuscripts of Sir Thomas Phillipps, consisting of:

  • Topographical manuscripts relating to more than one county
  • Topographical manuscripts arranged by county. The largest groups of manuscripts relate to Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire
  • Miscellaneous manuscripts:
    • Papers relating to history and literature
    • Papers relating to manuscripts and books
    • Manuscripts relating to religion
    • Collections of T.D. Fosbroke
    • Miscellaneous papers
    • Manuscripts relating to foreign countries
Access Points




Fosbroke | Thomas Dudley | 1770-1842 | Antiquary

Gloucestershire (England)

Northamptonshire (England)

Wiltshire (England)

Worcestershire (England)

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
861 shelfmarks

Phillipps family correspondence and papers, consisting of:

  • Early Phillipps papers
  • Correspondence of Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1809-72
  • Correspondence and papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps's wives and daughters
  • Personal and miscellaneous papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps
  • Papers relating to Phillipps's manuscripts, printed books and paintings
  • Correspondence of members of the Fenwick family
  • Miscellaneous Fenwick papers
Access Points

Fenwick | family

Contact Information
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