Swiss Texts (16th-18th century)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 103 MS PHILL 58
  • Dates of Creation
      16th century-18th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      German French
  • Physical Description
      1 volume containing 90 leaves

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume containing texts on various subjects bound together:

(1a) Beilagen aus der Handveste zu Bern 1218-1711

(1b) Ides sur les mouvemens qu'a caus a Neufchtel la conduite des Compagnies du dit Pas, au service de la France, contre le Roy de Prusse [18th century] (24 + 6 leaves)

(2) Declaration de Joseph Guillaume, Bishop of Bsle, Prince du Saint Empire 1748 (8 + 4 leaves)

(3) Undersuchung derjenigen Burgerrechten welche lob. Stand Bern mit der Neuenstatt errichtet hat, und der Opposition des Bischofs von Basel und des dasigen Capitels dagegen von Herrn Bibl. Engel [18th century] (26 leaves)

(4) Extract Schreibens von Lucern vom 19 Aprilis 1757 uber die Obschwebenden Streitigkeiten mit Sargans nebst Antwort 1757 (4 leaves)

(5) Anhang und Anmerkungen Zu H D Rasselets Versuch uber die Schweitzerische Schutz und Schirmbundnussen [18th century] (6 leaves)

(6) Actenstcke aus der Schweizergeschichte 1521 (2 leaves)

(7) Zwey Schreiben an Lobl. Stand Lucern wegen Abdanken kaiserl. Schweiz. Leibwache samt dessen Antworten 1767 (4 leaves)

(8) Lamentations de Mr. de Broglio Traduit de Langlois [16th century-18th century] (4 leaves)

(9) Two letters from Samuel Engel to Joseph Mauro, the second dated 27 Apr 1748.

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 light blue boards. Each manuscript is in a single hand except for (1), in at least two hands, and (7), in two hands. Folio.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Custodial History

The manuscripts 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 MSS (numbers (1)-(7) were respectively 3444, 3445, 3450, 3454, 3455, 3463, 3468); numbers (1b), (2), (8) and (9) were Engel MSS.

Related Material

For MS PHILL 58/5, cf University College London Special Collections, MS PHILL 4/2: Anhang und Anmerkungen zu Herren Doct. Rosselets Versuch ber die Schweitzerische Schutz und Schirm-Bundnussen dienlich. For Samuel Engel, University College London Special Collections also holds texts on Engel's essay on the population of Europe (Ref: MS PHILL 74-6) and a manuscript of Engel's 'Histoire des Samaritains' (Ref: MS PHILL 73).