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Collection Level Description: Sir Thomas Phillipps's copy of Pufendorf's Abregé du droit de la nature et des gens

Reference: MSS. French d. 27-8
Title: Sir Thomas Phillipps's copy of Pufendorf's Abregé du droit de la nature et des gens
Dates of Creation: 18th-19th cent.
Extent: 2 shelfmarks
Name of Creator: Sir Thomas Phillipps

Language of Material: French

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.

Scope and Content

Baron Samuel von Pufendorf's Abregé du droit de la nature et des gens, 18th-19th century, inscribed by Sir Thomas Phillipps: (fol. 1) 'Bought of Madame [blank] of Baugey'.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Phillipps MS. 13579; Sotheby's, 5 June 1899, lot 142, and 15 June 1908, part of lot 291.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought by the Library, Sotheby's, 9 Nov. 1955, part of lot 744.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 47209-10.

Access Points

Natural law

Phillipps | Sir | Thomas | 1792-1872 | Baronet, antiquary, and collector of MSS and books

Pufendorf | Samuel | 1632-1694 | Baron von Pufendorf | German jurist and historian

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