PHILLIPPS, THOMAS, SIR. Alphabetical list of English pedigrees, ca. 1848
Sir Thomas Phillipps: Alphabetical List of English Pedigrees, ca. 1848
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Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872, compiler.
Alphabetical list of English pedigrees printed at Middle Hill, [ca. 1848].
1 v. (415 leaves) ; 36 cm.
English antiquary and collector. Phillipps began collecting while at Rugby School and Oxford, and on inheriting his father’s estate at Middle Hill in Worcestershire, he embarked on a career of collecting manuscripts and books. Phillipps’s collection of manuscripts eventually numbered over 60,000. He established the Middle Hill Press on his estate to print a number of these manuscripts. His keen interest in genealogy led him to collect and print manuscripts of a number of heraldic visitations
Scope and Contents Note
A volume of proof sheets taken from Middle Hill Press editions of English County Visitations of Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Devon, London, Oxfordshire, Somerset and Sussex. Annotated by Sir Thomas Phillipps. Includes his preliminary design for the Visitation of Cambridgeshire and a note to the printer to the effect that he has left too much blank space on the page.
Title devised by cataloguer.
Front endpaper inscribed: “No. 531, ca. 500 pages, folio, half-calf by [George] Bretherton, 1848.”
Laid in modern folding cloth box with other item; spine title lettered in gilt: Phillipps Private Papers/Annotated Printed Pedigrees.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchase; Sotheby’s auction no. 3243, Lot 0064, London; 2003/12/02.
From the collection of Martin Schoyer of Spikkestad, Norway, who purchased it from the dealer H. P. Kraus of New York City. Previously owned by W. H. Robinson, Ltd. of London. It was originally sold at one of the numerous sales of Phillipps’s collection at Sotheby’s starting in 1886.
Bretherton, George, binder.
Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872.
Schoyer, Martin, former owner.
Middle Hill Press.
Visitations, Heraldic. England.
Occupation (as reflected in collection)
Genealogists. England. 19th century.
Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022-1098.