Philip Stanhope 1584-1656

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Philip STANHOPE, 1st Earl of Chesterfield 1584-1656

Armorial stamp of Philip Stanhope 1st Earl of Chesterfield (British Armorial Bindings)

Biographical Note

Son of Sir John Stanhope (d.1609). Knighted in 1605; purchased the barony of Shelford in 1616; created Earl of Chesterfield in 1628. A royalist, Stanhope's house was sacked by parliamentary troops during the civil war. He was imprisoned and died in captivity in 1656.


Stanhope gave 55 books to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, ca.1630.

Characteristic Markings

Books survive marked with one of several armorial stamps used by Stanhope.