'There never was such a collector since the world began': A new look at Sir Thomas Phillipps

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Abstract

When Sir Thomas Phillipps died in 1872, the Athenaeum was fulsome in its obituary for him. Not only was he ‘the greatest book collector of modern times’; he was also a ‘great scholar’ – ‘one of the most learned men of the age.’ All in all, ‘there never was such a collector since the world began.’ This obituary was all the more remarkable for having being written by his son-in-law, J. O. Halliwell, from whom he had been bitterly estranged for almost 30 years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollecting the past
Subtitle of host publicationBritish collectors and their collections from the 18th to the 20th centuries
EditorsToby Burrows, Cynthia Johnston
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter4
Pages45-62
Number of pages18
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781351208543
ISBN (Print)9780815382348
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Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2018

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