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Item date: 1633-1634
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: £750
Item cost: £1,400
Institution: Wiltshire & Swindon Archives
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.

Author: Harrison and Seel
Item date: 1951
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: £5,000
Item cost: £15,000
Institution: RIBA Architectural Library
Town/City: London

The Harrison & Seel archive consists of photographs, drawings, sketchbooks and miscellaneous items (press cuttings, magazines, copies of the official guide and other paper documents, as well as four mid-18th century hand-coloured engravings of Vauxhall & Ranelagh Gardens that the architects used as a source of inspiration). This extensive archive represents a very fine addition to the RIBA Collections, as it documents a very important moment in Britain’s cultural and architectural history, recording a lesser-known aspect of the Festival of Britain that has left even fewer physical traces than the South Bank Exhibition at Waterloo.

Author: Chaucer
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: £1,500 from FNL's B. H. Breslauer Fund
Item cost: £5,000
Institution: Reading University, Library
Town/City: Reading
County: Berkshire

An early twentieth-century edition of ‘The Romaunt of the Rose’ by Geoffrey Chaucer. This publication was the first book printed by the Florence Press, an imprint of Chatto and Windus, intended to compete with private presses by producing books of similar style and beauty. The press commissioned a special type and often hired well-known artists to add lavish illustrations in a Pre-Raphaelite style. The University of Reading is well-known for its established and growing expertise in book and printing history, and this volume complements the University’s significant holdings in the areas of printing, publishing and typography.

Author: D.H. Lawrence
Item date: 1929
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: £2,000
Item cost: £6,000
Institution: Nottingham University
Town/City: Nottingham
County: Nottinghamshire

This was the last book of poems Lawrence saw published in his lifetime. The typescript sheds further light on Lawrence’s battle with the British censors in the wake of the controversy surrounding the private printing and postal distribution of Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 1928. Lawrence had an enlarged and unexpurgated Pansies privately published in August 1929. This recently-discovered typescript is a previously-unknown typing with corrections in Lawrence’s hand; it proves that Lawrence typed Pansies no fewer than four times. It is astonishing that the consumptive Lawrence, who hated the mechanical business of typing, could summon the energy to re-type his longest book of poems so often, barely twelve months before his death, but he was wholly committed to fighting censorship.

Author: John Donne
Item date: 1661
Date acquired: 2015
Grant Value: £1,000
Item cost: $3,500
Institution: National Trust, Chirk Castle
Town/City: Wrexham

The volume was described thus in the sale catalogue: 'Donne, John. XXVI Sermons. London. 1661. Contemporary calf, rebacked. Folio (11 1/8 x 7 in.; 283 x 178 mm). Woodcut printer's device on title-page, woodcut headpiece, initials, and initial-frame. Provenance: Thomas Middleton (near contemporary signature on title-page); R. E. Myddelton, Chirk Castle (armorial bookplate, press-mark C.3.Divinity). Acquisition: Francis Edwards, 1969.’ It is likely that the signature is that of Sir Thomas Myddleton III (1624-63), who was created first Baronet in 1660. He was the grandson of Thomas Myddleton I, who purchased Chirk, became Lord Mayor of London in 1613, and was one of the founders of the East India Company.