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SIR THOMAS PHILLIPS' LIBRARY.

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SIR THOMAS PHILLIPS' LIBRARY. Unless some very unexpected hitch occurs, Cardiff will soon come into possession, practically in trust for the nation, of a large portion of the magnificent collection of books and manuscripts of the late Sir Thomas Phillips, of the famous Middle Hill Library. The portion which thus comes to Cardiff includes over 620 rare and valuable books, manuscripts, charters, and title deeds, a largo number of which are unique. The cost of purchase will lie £ 3,500, and it is a tribute to the public spirit of the chief citizens of the Welsh Metropolis that the collection is to be secured as the result of private beneticience. The Middle Hill library of printed books and manuscripts was the finest collection e\er brought together by one individual, and comprised about 100,000 volumes of printed hooks and 6,000 manuscripts, relating to every country and subject, in numerous languages. The collector of this vast store of literature Sir Thomas Phillips, Bart, F.R.S.—was born in 1792, "and died in 1872. He was educated at Rugby and University College, Oxford, and succeeded to the estate of his father in Worcestershire in 1818. At the time of his death lie possessed more MSS. than the British Museum.

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