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Author: Thomas Heywood
Item date: 1632
Date acquired: 2016
Grant Value: £1,000 from FNL's B. H. Breslauer Fund
Item cost: £1,850
Institution: Guildhall Library
Town/City: London

Heywood’s drama is a significant addition to the Guildhall Library's collection of ‘Citizen’ dramas and is the only copy of this early edition in a public library. The play itself was performed at the Red Bull playhouse which is just a mile from Guildhall Library. It features London apprentices, including a Grocer and a Haberdasher – the archives of both of these guilds are held at Guildhall Library.

Author: Mme de Stael
Item date: 1807
Date acquired: 2016
Grant Value: £5,000 from FNL's B. H. Breslauer Fund
Item cost: 7,500 euros
Institution: Chawton House Library
Town/City: Chawton
County: Hampshire

Chawton House Library has English translations of Staël’s best-selling novel Corinne (1807) and Delphine (1807), plus a fourth edition of Delphine (1818), but the first edition of Corinne was a significant omission from the collection. July 1817 saw two deaths – of Jane Austen (1775-1817), an English novelist with a solid but relatively modest success, and of Germaine de Staël (1766-1817), a long-standing superstar of pan-European intellectual, political and literary life. Over the two centuries since, the relative reputations of these two writers have re-aligned in ways that would have astonished their contemporaries, admirers and critics alike.

Author: Robert Southey
Item date: 1810
Date acquired: 2016
Grant Value: £10,000 from FNL's B. H. Breslauer Fund
Item cost: £800,000
Institution: Brontë Parsonage Museum [Bronte Society]
Town/City: Haworth
County: West Yorkshire

A two volume copy of The Remains of Henry Kirke White, Of Nottingham, Late of St. John’s College, Cambridge with an account of his life (1810) by Robert Southey. The book is a rare surviving possession of Mrs Maria Bronte, whose box, containing all her property, was shipwrecked off the Devonshire coast just before her marriage to Patrick Bronte in 1812. The book is heavily annotated by various members of the family and includes an unpublished poem by Charlotte.

Item date: chiefly 17th-19th cent.
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: £10,000
Item cost: £59,500
Institution: North Yorkshire Record Office
Town/City: Northallerton
County: North Yorkshire

The records relate to the North Yorkshire estates of the family at Norton Conyers and Nunnington and there are also papers from estates at Kippax, West Yorkshire and Bowland, Lancashire. The archive is therefore significant for the history of both North & West Yorkshire. There are a small number of medieval deeds but the majority of the papers date from the sixteenth to the twentieth century and the collection is particularly rich in seventeenth and eighteenth century material. Personal family papers and correspondence are well represented, giving a good picture of Graham family life through the ages and including a series of letters to Sir Richard Graham in the 1640s.
The archive sheds new light on the history of two outstanding North Yorkshire houses and strengthens our holdings of estate records in an area of the county which is currently under represented in our collections.

Item date: 1633-1634
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: £750
Item cost: £1,400
Institution: Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre
Town/City: Chippenham
County: Wiltshire

William succeeded his father Charles, 9th baron Stourton who died on 7 May 1633, and almost immediately appointed William Hussey and Robert Biflete as stewards to carry out the survey, which was completed in the following year. Although centred on Stourton, most of the manors were in Dorset, notably Gillingham, Lydlinch, Stourton Caundle in the north of the county and Overmoigne near Dorchester. The Somerset manors were Kingston by Yeovil and Frome Selwood. Penleigh in Westbury was the other Wiltshire manor. The volume will be of value to both the family historian, in providing names of freeholders, tenants and the lives on the leases and copyhold admissions, and the local historian with considerable topographical detail.

Author: Thomas Davis
Item date: 1774
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: £825
Item cost: £2,189
Institution: West Sussex Record Office
Town/City: Chichester
County: West Sussex

This volume provides a full survey of the estates of William Richardson in 1774, including a perambulation of the Manors of Rogate Bohunt and Clarks Dean. It records the acreage and cultivation of his lands and includes a fold-out map providing a detailed depiction of the properties and boundaries described in the survey.

Author: Richard Cobden
Item date: 1843 and 1856
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: £1,300
Item cost: £2,189
Institution: West Sussex Record Office
Town/City: Chichester
County: West Sussex

These two letters from Richard Cobden to Charles Pelham Villiers (1843) and Michael Corr Van der Maeren (1856) provide an important insight into Cobden’s political views and will be of great interest to 19th century political historians, particularly when viewed in conjunction with the Cobden Archive held by West Sussex Record Office. Villiers was the chief parliamentary ally of the Anti-Corn Law League whilst Van der Maeren was the founder of the Belgium Association for Free Trade.

Author: J W Dunne
Item date: 1875-1949
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: 15,000
Item cost: £38,000
Institution: Science Museum
Town/City: London

John William Dunne is an intriguing and underappreciated figure in British history. Unusually, he achieved distinction in his day both as an aeronautical designer and pioneer and then later as an author and philosopher. He began his career as an army officer, serving in the Boer War. A heart condition returned him to England, where his interest in human flight took off. His many innovative aircraft designs, including an extremely stable tailless aircraft, ensured his high regard within aeronautical circles. As an accomplished engineer Dunne was honoured as one of the original six Fellows of the Royal Aeronautical Society. The archive is a pivotal assessment of Dunne as a literary figure and philosopher, containing a wide range of correspondence regarding his works.

Item date: 1947-2007
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: £5,000
Item cost: £25,000
Institution: St Andrews University
Town/City: St Andrews
County: Fife

This archive of Virginia Woolf material was gathered by Brownlee Kirkpatrick (1919-2007), the bibliographer of Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, Edmund Blunden and Katherine Mansfield. The first edition of her Bibliography of Virginia Woolf was published in 1957. When Kirkpatrick began her research, many of those closest to Virginia Woolf were still alive, including her sister Vanessa Bell, Vita Sackville West and Leonard Woolf. The Kirkpatrick archive provides valuable information about Virginia Woolf's printed works, most from the Hogarth Press, but also provides much detail about the Bloomsbury group, allowing the reader to delve deep into what Victoria Glendinning has called Leonard Woolf's 'management of the past'. This archive is a splendid addition to the collections at St Andrews, and the value of the archive to Woolf scholars cannot be overstated.

Author: Thomas Manning
Item date: 1772-1840
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: £10,000
Item cost: £98,000
Institution: Royal Asiatic Society

Thomas Manning was among the first European lay scholars of Chinese language and culture, and one of the earliest sinologists from the British Isles. He was the first Englishman to visit Lhasa, which he reached in 1811, and where he met the child Dalai Lama. Shaped by the intellectual climate of late-Enlightenment Europe, Manning was distinguished by a rare independence of mind and breadth of cultural sympathy that signifies him as one of Britain’s most interesting early Orientalists. This collection of papers represents by far the largest collection of Manning material that has ever come to light. It consists of over 400 ms. letters to and from Manning, as well as papers, notebooks, diaries (almanacs), visiting cards, and printed ephemera, and the 99 pp. ms. copy of the narrative of the journey of Thomas Manning to Lhasa, which was published in 1876 in Narratives of the Mission of George Bogle to Tibet and of the Journey of Thomas Manning to Lhasa.