'Abreg du droit de la nature et des gens'

Scope and Content

Samuel von Baron Pufendorf's 'Abreg du droit de la nature et des gens', 18th-19th century, inscribed by Sir Thomas Phillipps (fol. 1) 'Bought of Madame [blank] of Baugey'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart. (1792-1872) was a collector of manuscripts and printed books. The late A.N.L. Munby, whose Phillipps studies (5 vols., Cambridge, 1951-60) describes Phillipps's life and the acquisition and dispersal of his manuscripts, called his library 'the greatest collection of manuscripts ever put together by one man'. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk).

Acquisition Information

Bought by the Library, Sotheby's, 9 Nov. 1955, part of lot 744.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 47209-10.

Custodial History

Phillipps MS. 13579; Sotheby's, 5 June 1899, lot 142, and 15 June 1908, part of lot 291.