Saltpetre Treatise

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 103 MS PHILL 69
  • Dates of Creation
      18th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 volume containing 143 leaves

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume, 18th century, containing a treatise on saltpetre.

Administrative / Biographical History

Saltpetre (also known as nitre) is potassium nitrate, a white crystalline substance used in gunpowder, in preserving meat, and medicinally. Chile saltpetre (sodium nitrate) and lime saltpetre (calcium nitrate) also occur.

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 manuscript bound in blue boards. Several hands. 37cm.

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 3474(3) and Engel MS.