Potatoes Manuscripts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 103 MS PHILL 71-72
  • Dates of Creation
      18th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      2 volumes containing 90 leaves + printed leaves and 50 leaves respectively

Scope and Content

Two manuscript volumes, 18th century, on potatoes: Uber Erdapfelbau. The first volume is dated 1777, and the second has the title 'Sur les pommes de Terre' on its spine, and a coloured picture of Justice, perhaps a playing card, sewn in.

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

The Phillipps Manuscripts at University College London were given to the College by the German government in 1912.

Other Finding Aids

Dorothy K Coveney, 'A Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Library of University College London' (London, 1935); handlist at University College London Special Collections.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper manuscripts, bound in grey boards and brown boards respectively. Each manuscript is in several hands. 38cm and 17cm.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Custodial History

The manuscript belonged to Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), baronet, an antiquary and bibliophile whose collection included c60,000 manuscripts of various kinds, some relating to the administration of Swiss towns. Various manuscripts were sold after Sir Thomas's death, some to the German government, and were dispersed to several libraries. Formerly Phillipps MS 3475(1-2).