Swiss Catholic Cantons and Other Texts

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 103 MS PHILL 55
  • Dates of Creation
      16th century-18th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      German French
  • Physical Description
      1 volume containing 81 leaves

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume containing eight texts bound together:

(1) Frankreichbuch 1715-1739 (12 leaves)

(2) Reflexions sur la restitution que demandent les cinq Cantons Catholiques 1777 (10 leaves + 2 blank)

(3) Relation ab der, mitt den vier pntnerischen Gemeinden vergebens zu Chur A[nn]o 1657 gepflogenen vermeinten Vergleichshandlungen 1657 (23 leaves)

(4) Schreyben der H Ehrengesandten An Mgh. Coppia Schreybens von H. Gen. Vo. Erlag auss Burgund an Mgh. die Rht 1674 (9 leaves)

(5) Bundtnuss der 7 Catholische (genante) Orthen 1586 (2 leaves)

(6) Verzeichniss der Pndten so eine lobl. Stadt Zrich mit ihren Eidtgenoss. auch frsten Herren und Stdten gemacht 1351-1669 [1669?] (4 leaves)

(7) Handschriftl. Beleuchtung des Sendschreibens eines Eidsgenossischen Kathol. Rathegliedes an ein evang. Rathsglied ... die franzs. Bundeserneuerung betreffend 1776 (14 leaves)

(8) Accord Mnhh. der Waysen Hausdirectoren mit Meh. den Waysencomittierten der E Gesellschaften [17th-18th century] (5 leaves).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Swiss Confederation originated in the medieval period, the number of constituent cantons increasing over the centuries. They varied in size, character and language; some were Protestant, others Catholic. The constitution of 1848 created a federal state from the loose alliance of autonomous cantons which had existed hitherto, although they retained much automony.

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 brown boards. Each manuscript is in a single hand, except (2), which has some marginal notes in another hand, and (4), which is in several hands. Small folio.

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 (respectively 3442, 3443b, 3448, 3458-3461, 3465) and (except for (5) and (6) ) Engel MSS.