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[SHAKESPEARE, William – Sir Thomas PHILLIPPS (1792-1872)]. A collection of manuscript notes and printed pedigree documents for the families of Shakespeare and Phillipps, c.1854-c.1864.
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[SHAKESPEARE, William – Sir Thomas PHILLIPPS (1792-1872)]. A collection of manuscript notes and printed pedigree documents for the families of Shakespeare and Phillipps, c.1854-c.1864.

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[SHAKESPEARE, William – Sir Thomas PHILLIPPS (1792-1872)]. A collection of manuscript notes and printed pedigree documents for the families of Shakespeare and Phillipps, c.1854-c.1864.

c.67 written pages, various sizes. Bound and tipped into Middle Hill boards, 350 x 225mm. Provenance: Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), his binding boards and autograph notes throughout [no Phillipps number] – apparently with H.P. Kraus, according to a pencil annotation added to a typed catalogue note for the collection – Sotheby's, 2 December 2003, lot 62 – Schøyen Collection.

Sir Thomas Phillipps and William Shakespeare: the most famous English bibliophile reaches back through history, establishing and fleshing out the links between his family tree and that of the greatest English author. The four pedigrees, printed by the Middle Hill press, are: Philipps of Nashleigh in Chesham, Co. Bucks (1864); Shakespeare of Stepney, London and of Brookwood Park, Co. Hants (1864) [two copies]; and Shakespeare of London (1854). Not only are the printed pedigrees annotated by Phillipps – chiefly to update them with the most recent family birth records – the collection comprises profuse notes, many in Phillipps' hand, on related family genealogy.



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