Scope and Content
Title: Sir Thomas Phillipps Collection on Publishing
Date (inclusive): 1749-1835
Collection number: MS.2004.006
Collector: Phillipps, Thomas,
(2.5 linear inches)
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90018
Abstract: Letters related to publishing and bookselling
in 18th and 19th century England, from the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps.
Physical location: Clark Library
Language of Material: Collection materials in English, with some French
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial
Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews
Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is
not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder,
which must also be obtained.
[Identification of item], Sir Thomas Phillipps Collection on
Publishing and Bookselling, MS.2004.006, William Andrews Clark Memorial
Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Originally from the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, some letters
collected here still bear his manuscript numbers. Later, part of the
H.P. Kraus inventory auctioned at Sotheby's New York, December 5, 2003,
Purchased by the Clark Library in 2003.
Processed by Rebecca Fenning, September 2009.
Sir Thomas Phillipps was a book and manuscript collector from young
adulthood, who amassed the largest manuscript collection of the 19th
century. He was born in 1792, the illegitimate son of a textile
manufacturer, and began collecting while a student at Rugby and later at
Oxford. Though he inherited a substantial estate upon his father's
death, his bibliomania and "vello-mania" (his obsession with manuscripts
on vellum) resulted in his being nearly perpetually in debt.
After Phillipps' death in 1872, his library was left to his youngest
daughter and her family. Beginning in 1885, they began to disperse the
collection at a series of sales that only ended in 1977, when New York
dealers H.P. Kraus purchased the remainder.
Scope and Content
Letters related to publishing and bookselling from the collection of
legendary collector Sir Thomas Phillipps. The 34 items in this
collection date from approximately 1749 to 1835, and contain letters
from a wide variety of booksellers, printers, authors, readers,
clergymen, foreign dignitaries and antiquaries. Many letters concern
ordering books from printers and booksellers, while other letters
concern payments due to authors and discussions of books. Some letters
bear Phillipps' manuscript catalog numbers. Many also still bear seals and
Letters are arranged in the original order in which they arrived at
the Clark Library. It is unclear whether this arrangement was imposed by
Sotheby's, Kraus or even Phillipps.
Additional correspondence from booksellers Cadell & Davies and
other contemporaries in the
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Robinson, and Co.
Allen and Co.
R. and J.
Richard Mackenzie, ca. 1775-1844
Buckinghamshire, John Hobart, Earl of, 1722-1793
J. J. (John Josias), 1779-1824
B. (Jolly B.)
James, d. 1840
Aylmer Bourke, 1761-1842
Barde, Alexandre-Isidore, 1777-1828
Northumberland, Hugh Percy, Duke of, 1742-1817
(John), d. 1780
Rothesay, Charles Stuart, Baron, 1779-1845
Alexandre-Stanislas, baron de
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