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Author: Francis Nivelon
Item date: 1737
Date acquired: 2014
Grant Value: £2,750
Item cost: £6,500
Institution: Geffrye Museum of the Home
Town/City: London

In the 18th century genteel behaviour was a crucial concern of London’s middling sorts, whose homes and domestic lives the Geffrye Museum represents. Nivelon wrote to advise those 'who had rather be, and appear, easy, amiable, genteel and free in their person, mein, Air and motions, than stiff, awkward, deform’d, and, consequently, disagreeable’.

Author: Stephen Blake
Item date: 1664
Date acquired: 2014
Grant Value: £2,976 from FNL's B. H. Breslauer Fund
Item cost: £8,928
Institution: Garden Museum

This copy of the The Compleat Gardener’s Practice, a 17th-century gardening book, was acquired from the library of the garden designer Rosemary Verey, and includes the yellow sticker she used to mark the knot design which inspired her own renowned garden at her home, Barnsley House. Stephen Blake’s The Compleat Gardener’s Practice is an important addition for the Garden Museum collection, because it illustrates the change in use and design of the garden during the seventeenth century. It is also invaluable to the study of twentieth- century garden design.

Author: William Figg of Lewes
Item date: 1824
Date acquired: 2014
Grant Value: £750
Item cost: £1,250
Institution: East Sussex Record Office
Town/City: Lewes
County: East Sussex

A splendid map of the environs of Newhaven, drawn by William Figg in 1824 measuring over 6 by 8 feet. The Figgs were the foremost Lewes surveyors of the day, and the office holds many of their maps and drawings, both worked-up products from the records of their clients, and the substantive business archive of the firm itself. This map, drawn at a scale of 100 feet to an inch, is a detailed survey of an extensive area from the mouth of the river Ouse upstream to the town.

Author: Astesanus de Ast
Item date: Strassburg: Georg Reyser, not after 9 May 1474
Date acquired: 2014
Grant Value: £10,000 from FNL's B. H. Breslauer Fund
Item cost: £37,800
Institution: Durham Cathedral
Town/City: Durham

A copy of Astesanus de Ast, Summa de Casibus Conscientiae, in a contemporary named binding by Johannes Meigfoge, active in Ellwangen or Tübingen (Baden-Württemberg) in 1475-1513. The binding contains two large ninth-century manuscript fragments as pastedowns, taken from a manuscript of Bede's In librum Genesim, making it one of the oldest witnesses to In Genesim. This book is a significant one and the acquisition of the manuscript fragments of In Genesim represents an important addition to Durham Cathedral Library.

Item date: 18th-20th cent.
Date acquired: 2014
Grant Value: £5,000
Item cost: £30,000
Institution: Cornwall Record Office
Town/City: Truro
County: Cornwall

The Fox family of Falmouth are unparalleled within Cornwall for the breadth of their commercial activities and personal interests. This collection documents the full range of the family’s activities and incorporates the surviving archives of their principal business, G. C. Fox and Company, from its foundation in 1762 to its eventual sale in 1999. Over time this firm held interests in shipping, mining, engineering, fishing, signals and travel agency. Its partners acted in a consular capacity for countries throughout the Europe and the Americas.

Item date: 1515
Date acquired: 2014
Grant Value: £4,500 from FNL's B. H. Breslauer Fund
Item cost: £7,100
Institution: Cambridge University Library
Town/City: Cambridge
County: Cambridgeshire

An early post-incunable in a remarkable early sixteenth-century binding by a named binder. This 1515 edition of the anonymous Vocabularius utriusque iuris reprints one of the most popular legal dictionaries of the early modern period. Many of the 16th-century editions are now very rare; this edition is known in just three other copies.

Author: Hroswitha
Item date: 1501, Nuremberg
Date acquired: 2014
Grant Value: £10,000 from FNL's B. H. Breslauer Fund
Item cost: £30,000
Institution: Cambridge University Library
Town/City: Cambridge
County: Cambridgeshire

The Opera Hrosvite illustris virginis were edited by Conrad Celtes from the sole surviving manuscript known at the time, and printed in Nuremberg under the first book publishing privileges granted to cover the whole Holy Roman Empire. Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim was born in the 930s and lived in Gandersheim Abbey in Saxony. This is considered to be the first example of a work published under a privilege covering the Holy Roman Empire. As well as the highly important literary content, the volume includes eight woodcuts, two by Albrecht Dürer.

Item date: c700
Date acquired: 2014
Grant Value: £10,000
Item cost: £1.1 million
Institution: Cambridge University Library
Town/City: Cambridge
County: Cambridgeshire

The Codex Zacynthius is a named codex of the New Testament, consisting of 176 parchment leaves in a 16th-century goatskin binding. The Codex is a palimpsest, with a catena (commentary) on the Gospel of Luke, containing substantial parts of the book, overwritten by a selection of the Gospels in Greek, an evangeliary, in the 12th century. The importance of the manuscript lies in the undertext, the catena, which is most likely to be dated to c. 700 CE

Item date: 18th-19th cent
Date acquired: 2014
Grant Value: £10,000
Item cost: £1.2 million
Institution: British Library
Town/City: London

The archive of the Canning Family, comprising the papers of George Canning (1770-1827), politician and Prime Minister; his son Charles (1812-1862), Governor-General, later Viceroy of India, and his wife Charlotte (1817-1861); and his son-in-law Ulick de Burgh, 1st Marquess of Clanricarde (1802-1874), postmaster-general. Charlotte Canning (1812-1861) wife of Charles)was an avid diarist and letter writer, whose Indian journals and letters are an important representation of British women in India. Lady Canning was heavily involved in the selection of nurses for the Crimea, and Florence Nightingale’s nine letters to her give a frank account of the problems she faced in the management of the hospital at Scutari.

Item date: 1390
Date acquired: 2014
Grant Value: £10,000
Item cost: £136,000
Institution: Bodleian Library
Town/City: Oxford
County: Oxfordshire

The Chastising of God’s children, composed c.1390, circulated widely amongst a cosmopolitan readership in the late Middle Ages in England, and is a centrally important witness to the growing vernacular appetite in the fourteenth century for advanced spiritual guidance. As an immediate and urgent response to the threats posed by heretical doctrine (including Lollardy and Free Spiritism), it provides us with a remarkable and critical commentary on contemporary late-fourteenth century English devotional and liturgical practice. The emergence of this new manuscript is of real significance to scholars of medieval vernacular literature and thought, and will prompt original and important research.