He took an active interest in the Camden Society, the Percy Society and the Shakespeare Society, for which he edited many early English and Elizabethan works.
A Weekly Journal of English and Foreign Literature, the Arts, and Sciences; in 1839 he edited Sir John Mandeville’s Travels; in 1842 published an Account of the European
manuscripts in the Chetham Library, besides a newly discovered metrical romance of the 15th century (Torrent of Portugal).
 In 1848 he published his Life of Shakespeare, illustrated by John Thomas Blight (1835–1911), which had several editions; in 1853–1865 a sumptuous edition, limited to 150
copies, of Shakespeare in folio,[b] with full critical notes.
An Historical Account of the New Place, Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Last Residence of Shakespeare • (1866).
However, also around this time, Halliwell was accused of stealing manuscripts from Trinity College, Cambridge.
 From 1845 Halliwell was excluded from the library of the British Museum on account of the suspicion concerning his possession of some manuscripts which had been removed
from the library of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Some account of the Vernon Manuscript, a volume of early English poetry preserved in the Bodleian Library.
 He devoted himself to antiquarian research, particularly of early English literature.
In 1842, Halliwell published the first edition of Nursery Rhymes of England followed by Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Tales, containing the first printed version of the Three
Little Pigs and a version of the Christmas carol The Twelve Days of Christmas.
A Skeleton Hand-List of the Early Quarto editions of the Plays of Shakespeare; with notices of the old impressions of the Poems.
A Hand-Book Index to the Works of Shakespeare: Including References to the Phrases, Manners, Customs, Proverbs, Songs, Particles, &c., Which Are Used or Alluded to by the
Notes on Ascertaining the Value, and Directions for the Preservation, of Old Books, Manuscripts, Deeds and Family Papers.
[‘Torrent of Portugal. London: John Russell Smith. 1842.
o ^ Shakespeare in folio
o ^ Outlines of the Life of Shakespeare
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Phillipps and Halliwell-Phillipps), James Orchard (HLWL836JO)”. A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
o ^ Douglas Wertheimer, “J.O. Halliwell’s Contributions to ‘The Parthenon’ — 1836-37,” Victorian Periodicals Newsletter vol.
8 (March 1975), pp. 3-6.
o ^ Jump up to:a b c d One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). “Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard”. Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol.
12 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 857.
o ^ Jump up to:a b Rasmussen, Eric (2011). The Shakespeare Thefts. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 83–87. ISBN 9780230109414.
o ^ Ashliman, Professor D. L. “Three Little Pigs and other folktales
of Aarne-Thompson-Uther type 124”. Folklore and Mythology Electronic Texts. University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
o ^ Halliwell, James Orchard (1842). The Nursery Rhymes of England. London: Richards. pp. 127–128.
o ^ Statement in answer
to reports which have been spread abroad against Mr. James Orchard Halliwell. (Anonymous) Islip, Oxfordshire (printer W. A. Wright, London). 26 July 1845.
o ^ James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps: the life and works of the Shakespearean scholar and
bookman. Oak Knoll Press. 2001. p. 583.
o ^ The Halliwell-Phillipps Collection, Chetham’s Library Archived 28 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
o ^ Collection of James O. Halliwell-Phillipps, Edinburgh University Library
o ^ Engel III, Wilson
F. (1980). “J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps and the Edinburgh University Library”. The Library: The Transactions of the Bibliographical Society. s6-II (2) (2): 193–198. doi:10.1093/library/s6-II.2.193.
o ^ “James Orchard Halliwell – An Historical account
of the New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, the last residence of Shakespeare / by James O. Halliwell”. www.rct.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
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