Catalogue of papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps and family, 17th-19th cent.

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Papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps and family, 17th-19th cent.

Papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872) and family, 17th-19th cent.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 7131, e. 3450-2

Extent: 4 shelfmarks

Biographical History

Sir Thomas Phillipps, first Bart., (1792-1872), antiquary, bibliophile and collector. For further details, see Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

The papers relate partly to Phillipps's grandfather, William Phillipps, and other early members of the family, and partly to Sir Thomas's immediate family, and his collecting.



Custodial History

Owned by Sir Thomas Phillipps; the loose papers disbound from a volume or volumes put together by Phillipps, and some leaves with his numbering on them. Bought by Martin Schøyen from H.P. Kraus.


Bought, Sotheby's, 2 Dec. 2003, lots 57 and 59.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7131, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

The papers of Sir Thomas Phillipps are described in 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. Much of the other Phillipps material in the Sotheby sale of 2 Dec. 2003 (lots 53-67, all from Martin Schøyen's library, nearly all of it forming part of the Phillipps papers), was bought by the Grolier Club (lots 53-4, 60-1, 63-5, 67).

Family names (NCA Rules)

Phillipps | family

Personal names (NCA Rules)

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

Subjects (LCSH)


Descriptive List

Papers of the Phillipps family, 1699-1873
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7131
Extent: 91 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes papers relating to household, financial, legal and estate matters of

  • (fols. 1-3) Phillipps's great-grandfather John Phillipps, 1699-1711
  • (fols. 4-66) his grandfather William Phillipps, of Broadway, Worcestershire, 1737-95, n.d., including (fols. 48-9) an inventory of the contents of a farmhouse, 1788
  • (fols. 67-9) his father Thomas Phillipps, 1790-6, including (fols. 68-9) articles of partnership in the calico printing trade, 1796


  • (fols. 70-1) letter from Sir Thomas Molyneux to Phillipps, 1824
  • (fols. 72-5) letters from Henrietta Phillipps (his first wife) to Phillipps, 1824
  • (fols. 76-7) letter from Henrietta Halliwell to her sister Mary, 1842
  • (fols. 78-82) poems on Australia, including (fols. 78, 79-80) copy in Sir Thomas's hand, and printed version of The Waterfall (Middle Hill Press, 1864) by Abeona Belina Phillipps
  • (fols. 83-4) letter to John Fenwick, 1873
  • (fol. 85-8) lists relating to books and manuscripts bought by Phillipps, [1840-8?, n.d.]
Acquisition: Fols. 1-84, Sotheby's, 2 Dec. 2003, part of lot 59; fols. 85-91, Sotheby's, 2 Dec. 2003, part of lot 57.

Diary of Sir Thomas Molyneux, mainly of a visit to Paris, Apr.-June 1824
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3450
Extent: i + 181 pages, 170-80 blank
Binding: Green blind-stamped morocco, marbled boards

Scope and Content:

Molyneux was accompanied by his son, Thomas, and by his son-in-law, Sir Thomas Phillipps; the diary includes his travels from Cheltenham to Paris and back to London through Germany and Belgium.

Custodial History:

Armorial bookplate of 'General Molyneux'; booklabel of Martin Schøyen.

Acquisition: Sotheby's, 2 Dec. 2003, part of lot 59.

Notebook of Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1836-44
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3451
Extent: 41 leaves, 5-41 blank
Binding: Faded brown calf; text block detached from covers

Scope and Content:


  • (fol. 1r & v) lists of manuscripts returned to the booksellers [Thomas] Thorpe, Sept. 1836, and [William] Baynes, Oct. 1836
  • (fols. 1v, 2r) lists of books bound and sewn by James Rogers, Apr. 1844
  • (fol. 3) list of three [Middle Hill Press?] books sold to Sir Henry Dryden, Apr. 1844
Custodial History:

Phillipps MS. 13624; booklabel of Martin Schøyen.

Acquisition: Sotheby's, 2 Dec. 2003, part of lot 57.

Letters mainly to Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1855-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3452
Extent: 38 leaves
Binding: Yellow-brown Middle Hill boards, spine inscribed by Phillipps 'FENWICK'S TOUR IN FRANCE'

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-34) letters from Katharine and John Fenwick to Sir Thomas and other members of the family, mainly from France, 1855-7
  • (fols. 35-8) a letter from Eliza Phillipps (his second wife) to Phillipps, 1857
Custodial History:

No Phillipps number; booklabel of Martin Schøyen.

Acquisition: Sotheby's, 2 Dec. 2003, part of lot 59.

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