Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: first part. Catalogue of thirty-nine manuscripts of the 9th to the 16th century from the celebrated collection formed by Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), the property of the Trustees of the Robinson Trust § Second part. Catalogue of forty-four manuscripts of the 9th to the 17th century § Third part. Catalogue of forty-two manuscripts of the 7th to the 17th century § Fourth part. Catalogue of Persian, Turkish and Arabic manuscripts, Indian and Persian miniatures § Fifth part. Manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper of the 13th century B.C. to the 18th century A.D. § Sixth part. Catalogue of manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper of the 7th century to the 18th century § Seventh part. Catalogue of manuscripts on vellum, paper and linen of the 3rd century B.C. to the 17th century A.D. § Eighth part. Catalogue of manuscripts on vellum, paper and papyrus of the 4th to the 17th century § Ninth part. Catalogue of Oriental manuscripts, Indian and Persian miniatures § Tenth part. Catalogue of manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper § Eleventh part. Catalogue of manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper (catalogues for auctions sales conducted by Sotheby's, London, 1965-1976) View larger
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Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: first part. Catalogue of thirty-nine manuscripts of the 9th to the 16th century from the celebrated collection formed by Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), the property of the Trustees of the Robinson Trust § Second part. Catalogue of forty-four manuscripts of the 9th to the 17th century § Third part. Catalogue of forty-two manuscripts of the 7th to the 17th century § Fourth part. Catalogue of Persian, Turkish and Arabic manuscripts, Indian and Persian miniatures § Fifth part. Manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper of the 13th century B.C. to the 18th century A.D. § Sixth part. Catalogue of manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper of the 7th century to the 18th century § Seventh part. Catalogue of manuscripts on vellum, paper and linen of the 3rd century B.C. to the 17th century A.D. § Eighth part. Catalogue of manuscripts on vellum, paper and papyrus of the 4th to the 17th century § Ninth part. Catalogue of Oriental manuscripts, Indian and Persian miniatures § Tenth part. Catalogue of manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper § Eleventh part. Catalogue of manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper (catalogues for auctions sales conducted by Sotheby's, London, 1965-1976)

London, Sotheby & Co., 1965-1976
Eleven volumes (28.5 cm), as issued, in the publisher’s green printed boards. - “The catalogues, rich in bibliographical and textual notes, and amply illustrated, for which Mr [Anthony] Hobson and his staff have been responsible, are themselves items which in years to come will be sought after by the book collector” (The Times, London, 7 August 1976, p.12). Hobson’s memoir, “The Phillipps sales”, appears in Out of print & into profit: a history of the rare and secondhand book trade in Britain in the twentieth century (London 2006), pp.157-164. ¶ Excellent, unmarked copies, albeit with just four (of eleven) printed Price lists.
Subjects
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1965
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1965-1976
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1966
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1967
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1968
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1969
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1971
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1972
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1973
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1974
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1975
Auction sale catalogues - Books - 1976
Illumination of books and manuscripts - Auction sale catalogues
Illumination of books and manuscripts - Collections, UK - Phillipps (Thomas, Sir), 1792-1872
Manuscripts, Oriental - Collections, UK - Phillipps (Thomas, Sir), 1792-1872
Authors/Creators
Sotheby & Co. (London)
Sotheby's (London)
Owners
Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872
Auction date
19651130
19661129
19671128
19681125
19691125
19711130
19721121
19731128
19741127
19751126
19761130
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  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: first part. Catalogue of thirty-nine manuscripts of the 9th to the 16th century from the celebrated collection formed by Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), the property of the Trustees of the Robinson Trust (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 30 November 1965)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1965
    (28.5 cm), 108 (2) pp., colour frontispiece, 3 colour plates (pls.A-C), 30 black & white plates (pls.1-30), text illustrations. 39 lots. Publisher’s printed boards. ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: Second part. Catalogue of forty-four manuscripts of the 9th to the 17th century (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 29 November 1966)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1966
    (28.5 cm), 114 (2) pp., colour frontispiece, [2] colour plates, 30 black & white plates (pls.1-30), text illustrations. Lots numbered 40-83. Publisher’s printed boards. ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: Third part. Catalogue of forty-two manuscripts of the 7th to the 17th century (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby & Co., London, 28 November 1967)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1967
    (28.5 cm), 109 (1) pp., black & white frontispiece, 32 black & white plates (pls.1-32), text illustrations. Lots numbered 84-125. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Sotheby & Co. (London)

    Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: Fourth part. Catalogue of Persian, Turkish and Arabic manuscripts, Indian and Persian miniatures (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 25-26 November 1968)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1968
    (28.5 cm), 149 (1) pp., colour frontispiece, 4 colour plates (pls.B-E), 50 black & white plates (pls.1-50), text illustrations. Lots 126-440. Publisher’s printed boards. ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: Fifth part. Manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper of the 13th century B.C. to the 18th century A.D. (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 25 November 1969)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1969
    (28.5 cm), 105 (3) pp., colour frontispiece, 3 colour plates (pls.B-D), 24 black & white plates (pls.1-24), text illustrations. Lots numbered 441-483. Publisher’s printed boards. - Nine of the 42 manuscripts in the sale were bought by Olschki on behalf of the Italian government; the most expensive was the breviary of Ferdinand of Aragon (lot 476), illuminated by Cristoforo Majorana, at £34,000. A late-13th century bestiary in the prose version of Pierre de Beauvais (lot 454) was sold to Quaritch for £23,000; it returned to Sotheby’s, 4 December 2007, lot 53, consigned by Dr H.F. Jossi-Debrunner (1922-1986). ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: Sixth part. Catalogue of manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper of the 7th century to the 18th century (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 30 November 1971)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1971
    (28.5 cm), 120 (4) pp., colour frontispiece, 3 colour plates (pls.B-D), 32 black & white plates (pls.1-32). Lots numbered 484-529. Publisher’s printed boards. - Included in the sale was Sir Walter Raleigh’s commonplace book containing his notes for “The History of the World” (£25,000; now British Library, MS Add. 63742). The volume had been acquired in a Phillipps sale in 1935 by Walter Oakeshott (via Maggs) for £3; after the War, Oakeshott sold it to Lionel and Philip Robinson, for £2500, and that is how it came to be sold again with other items from the Phillipps collection. ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: Seventh part. Catalogue of manuscripts on vellum, paper and linen of the 3rd century B.C. to the 17th century A.D. (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 21 November 1972)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1972
    (28.5 cm), 115 (1) pp., colour frontispiece, 3 colour plates (pls.A-C), 32 black & white plates (pls.1-32), illustrations. Lots numbered 530-571. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards. - The prize piece was a fourteenth-century illuminated manuscript of “La Vie des Saincts” at £50,000 (Traylen); a lavishly illustrated manuscript of Konrad Kyeser’s “Bellifortis” made £10,000 (Breslauer; reappeared with Tenschert, Leuchtendes Mittelalter, II, 1990, no. 20). The Italian government purchased a manuscript of “Opera varia” of St Augustine from the monastic library of Nonantola. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: Eighth part. Catalogue of manuscripts on vellum, paper and papyrus of the 4th to the 17th century (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 28 November 1973)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1973
    (28.5 cm), 127 (1) pp., colour frontispiece, 3 colour plates (pls.A-C), 36 black & white plates (pls.1-36), text illustrations. Lots numbered 573-617. Publisher’s printed boards. ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: Ninth part. Catalogue of Oriental manuscripts, Indian and Persian miniatures (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 27 November 1974)

    London, Sotheby & Co., 1974
    (28.5 cm), x, 128 (2) pp., colour frontispiece, 6 colour plates (pls.B-G), 34 black & white plates (pls.2-7, 9-22, 26-39; pls.1, 8, 23-25, 40 are printed with text), text illustrations. Lots numbered 618-813. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards. - Completes the disposal of Phillipps’s oriental manuscripts, except for works in Chinese and a group of Arabic manuscripts. ¶ Unmarked copy.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: Tenth part. Catalogue of manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 26 November 1975)

    London, Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., 1975
    (28.5 cm), (10) 92 (2) pp., colour frontispiece, 3 colour plates (pls.A-C), 32 black & white plates (pls.1-32), text illustrations. Lots numbered 814-850. Publisher’s printed boards. - The 36 lots realised £247,850; every lot was sold. A fourteenth-century German illuminated bestiary made £66,000 (lot 829). ¶ Unmarked copy. No Price list.
  • Sotheby's (London)

    Bibliotheca Phillippica; Medieval manuscripts. New series: Eleventh part. Catalogue of manuscripts on papyrus, vellum and paper (catalogue for an auction conducted by Sotheby's, London, 30 November 1976)

    London, Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., 1976
    (28.5 cm), (10) 94 (2) pp., colour frontispiece, 3 colour plates (pls.A-C), 30 black & white plates (pls.1-30, pl.21 folding), text illustrations. Lots numbered 851-894. List of prices realised and buyers’ names loosely inserted. Publisher’s printed boards. - The sale realised £157,630 with no lots unsold and brought the total realised so far to £3,233,933 (report in The Times, London, 1 December 1976, p.19). The top price was £19,000 paid for Pseudo-Joachim of Fiore, “Praemissiones, Super Isaiam”, c. 1320 (lot 864), a manuscript believed to have been stolen from the Biblioteca Sessoriana in Rome about 1800 (Elena Bianca Di Gioia, “Un manoscritto pseudo-gioachimita: Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma Vittorio Emanuele 1502”, in Federico II e l’arte del Duecento italiano, Galatina 1980, II, pp.85-111). ¶ Unmarked copy.
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