PHILLIPPS, THOMAS, SIR. Miscellaneous portraits, documents and maps, 1681-1862
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Sir Thomas Phillipps: Miscellaneous Portraits, Documents and Maps, 1681-1862


Main Entry
Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872, collector.

Miscellaneous portraits, documents and maps, 1681-1862 (bulk 1793-1862)

Physical Description
19 items ; 41 x 54 cm and smaller

Historical/Biographical Note
English antiquary and bibliophile. He 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 collections eventually contained over 60,000 manuscripts and an almost equal number of books and included many in Greek, Latin and eastern languages as well as English and Continental manuscripts. In the 1820s Phillipps made trips to the Continent where he visited many libraries and purchased manuscripts. On his return to England he continued to collect, frequently buying up entire estate libraries at auctions. He printed a number of the manuscripts as well as other works at his Middle Hill Press. During 1864-1865 he removed his household and all his collections to Thirlestaine House, Cheltenham. He was also deeply interested in genealogy and was a member of several scholarly societies.

Scope and Contents Note
A collection of portraits, views and printed and holograph documents representing various interests of Sir Thomas Phillipps. The collection includes certificates of his election to four learned societies: Georgia Historical Society; Gesellschaft für altere deutsche Geschichtskunde; Regia Scientarum Academia Borussica; and the Société Française de Statistique Universelle. The engraved portrait drawings include but are not limited to: the antiquarian John Dunkin, John Cam Hobhouse (Lord Broughton); Hercules Humphreys, Sir William Wyndham, and Moll Cutpurse. A passport allowing him to enter France in 1825 and his chromolithographic reproduction of the first printed map of Australia from Nicholar Vallard’s Atlas (1547) are also part of this collection.

General Note
Title devised by cataloger.
All items housed in portfolio boxes except for the mounted map of Australia.

Finding Aid Note
Unpublished inventory available in repository

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Jean Mermin Horblit, 1995.

Dunkin John, 1783-1845. Portraits.
Cutpurse, Moll, 1584-1659. Portraits.
Broughton, John Cam, Baron, 1786-1869. Portraits.
Horblit, Harrison D., collector
Horblit, Jean Mermin, donor.
Humphreys, Hercules. Portrait.
Wyndham, William, Sir, 1687-1740. Portraits.
Georgia Historical Society.
Gesellschaft für altere deutsche Geschichtskunde.
Regia Scientarum Academia Borussica.
Société Française de Statistique Universelle.

Australia. Maps. 16th century. Facsimiles.

Drawings. England. 19th century
Engravings. England. 19th century.
Genealogies. England.
Maps. Australia.
Passports. 19th century.

Occupation (as reflected in collection)
Collectors. England. 19th century.

Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022-1098.

Collection Inventory
Learned Society Memberships
Georgia Historical Society (U.S.A.). Election of TP to membership. Engraved certificate with personal details in ink. 1857 Jan. 19. Accompanied by an ALS from Sir Thomas Phillips thanking them for his election. 3 p.

Gesellschaft für altere deutsche Geschichtskunde. Election of TP to membership. Engraved certificate with personal details in ink. 1844 Jan.? 13

Regia Scientarum Academia Borussica. Election of TP to membership. 1845 Feb. Engraved certificate with personal details in ink. 21 x 37 cm.

Société Française de Statistique Universelle. Election to TP to membership. Engraved with personal details in ink. 1839 May 17. 41 x 54 cm. Text within a decorative border.

Australia. First map of Austrailia reproduced from Nicholas Vallard’s Atlas (1547). Chromolithographic facsimile in gold and colors. Reproduced from Phillipps MS 13, 1999 ed. by Nicholas Vollard. (Robinson Brothers List, 425). Image area; 22-1/2 x 56 cm.

Miscellaneous Documents
Worcestershire Constabulary. Writ against William Roberts. 1827 May 2. 34 x 21 cm. Johnson Brothers & Company, Engineers and Contractors (London). Prospectus. 1860 Jan. Broadside advertisement printed on both sides of page. 35 x 29 cm.

Salem [Massachusetts] Register. 1803 Jan. 20. Whole No. 282. Anti-Federalist article. 4 p.

Trinity College, Dublin. Form letter from Assistant Librarian thanking TP for donation of his Catalogus Manuscriptorum in bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, pars. II, p. 213-300. 1862 June 28.

Unidentified document with several signatures, not including that TP. 1681. 30 x 20 cm.

Miscellaneous Views
Dolgely [i.e.: Dolgelley, Wales]. Engraved view, possibly taken from a book (published by: London: J. Harwood, 26 Fenchurch Street, Oct. 26, 1846. No. 613.

Passport allowing TP to enter France. Document headed “Au nom du Roi.” Made out in London: 1825 March 17. Lists his height, eye color, etc. 39 x 39 cm.

Portraits (20 x 30 cm. and smaller)
John Dunkin. “Portrait of John Dunkin, author of the History of the Ploughly Hundred. Co. Oxon. N.d., possibly cut from larger work. Together with: Memorial notice. Possibly printed by TP. With holograph notes.

Hobhouse, John C. (Lord Broughton). Engraved pencil drawing. Published by James Fraser, Regent Street, London, n.d.

“Hercules Humphreys, aged 102.” Engrave portrait; drawn and published by W. Wise. At top in pencil: “Ensham [Oxfordshire?].” n.d. Together with: printed sheet of information about Humphreys with holograph note.

Sir William Wyndham, Bart. Engraved portrait. N.d. At bottom right: Ravenet sculp.

“Mal [i.e. Moll?] Cutpurse.” Engraved portrait. Woman in man’s clothing with lion, monkey and crow. London: Published by L. Caufield., n.d. Verse printed below image.

Unidentified man. Portrait drawing in black and white. Ink on paper. N.d. At bottom: Wilalemus Gravel de Bampedene(?), civis. Lond. D. 1401.

“View from Jesus College, Oxford.” [Full figure drawing of obese man in cap and gown] Back ink on brown paper. At bottom of image: Drawn, etch’d [sic], published: Dignton, Char. Cross, May 1808. [Tear in lower right hand corner.]
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