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Item date: 1265-1935
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £20,000
Item cost: £175,000
Institution: Doncaster Archives
Town/City: Doncaster
County: Yorkshire

The soke of Conisbrough was no single-village manor; centred upon its celebrated chief messuage Conisbrough Castle (notable for its place in Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe), this was a franchise initially made up of thirty townships scattered across the southern reaches of the West Riding. By the mid-14th century much of the lordship had passed into other hands, but 16 townships remained from that point until modern times.

This is neither the largest nor the most complete series of manor court rolls, but it is exceptionally good, with 148 parchment rolls extant for the 368 individual accounting years between 1265-1266 and 1633-1634: a 40% survival rate.

Author: Ambroise Paré
Item date: 1561
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £12,450
Item cost: £45,000
Institution: Cambridge University Library
Town/City: Cambridge
County: Cambridgeshire

Cambridge University Library is very grateful for the grant from the Friends of the National Libraries which enabled us to acquire this very rare illustrated anatomy by the French royal surgeon Ambroise Paré (1510?–1590). The Anatomie universelle is a much enlarged edition of Paré’s earlier Briefve collection de l’administration anatomique (Paris, 1549) and illustrated for the first time with one engraving of Paré and 49 woodcuts—the anatomical ones according to Vesalius, the surgical ones of Paré’s own devising. Paré was surgeon to Henry II, Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and his writings were influential across Europe. He is remembered primarily for his contributions to surgery, and regarded knowledge of anatomy to be of paramount importance for its practice. The Anatomie universelle filled the need for an affordable manual in the vernacular at a time when most anatomies were either still in Latin or too expensive for barber surgeons.

Author: Sir Narc Isambard Brunel (1769-1849)
Item date: 19th century
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £10,000
Item cost: £208,000
Institution: Brunel Museum
Town/City: London

This is a collection of pre-eminent importance. Many of the drawings are by Chief Engineer Marc Isambard Brunel himself, by his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Resident Engineer, and by Richard Beamish, Assistant Engineer. Some are by Joseph Pinchback, the Tunnel’s chief mechanical draftsman, but all are exquisitely drawn in great detail.

Author: Adam Blackwood
Item date: 1581
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £5,000 [B H Breslauer Foundation Fund]
Item cost: £30,000
Institution: Bodleian Library
Town/City: Oxford
County: Oxfordshire

This is one of the last known volumes from the library of John Donne in private hands with the support of the Friends of the National Libraries. It is a copy of Adam Blackwood’s Adversus Georgii Buchanani dialogum, de iure regni apud scotos, printed in Poitiers by François Le Page in 1581. The work was written in defence of Mary Queen of Scots and argued against George Buchanan's De jure regni apud Scotos.

Item date: 13th century
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £10,000
Item cost: £775,000
Institution: British Library
Town/City: London

The British Library has been offered the opportunity to purchase the Mostyn Psalter-Hours. The manuscript is a late thirteenth-century Psalter-Hours produced in London in the ambit of Edward I’s court (r. 1272-1307). As a Psalter that can be securely located to London, the national heritage value of the manuscript is high.

Author: Handel
Item date: 1708
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £10,000
Item cost: £544,000
Institution: British Library
Town/City: London

The original 16-folio manuscript of Handel’s vocal trio, Se tu non lasci Amore, HWV 201a, scored for two sopranos, bass and continuo, and written in July 1708 shortly after Handel’s arrival in Naples. This manuscript is the only autograph version of this ‘Terzetto’.

Item date: 1814-46
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £2,000
Item cost: £2,544
Institution: Durham Record Office
Town/City: Durham

Charles William Vane-Stewart, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, (1778-1854) was a British soldier and politician, and half-brother to Lord Castlereagh. He had a highly distinguished career. Initially commissioned into the British Army as a Lieutenant at the age of 16, he saw service in Flanders in 1794, and was Lieutenant Colonel of the 5th Royal Irish Dragoons during the Irish Rebellion of 1798.

Item date: 1576
Date acquired: 2017
Grant Value: £2,450
Item cost: £2,450
Institution: Ludlow Museum
Town/City: Ludlow
County: Shropshire

One of the most important documents for the history of Ludlow Castle to emerge in recent times, this heraldic roll appeared in Portobello Road, and, through the good offices of Mr Hugh Wood, a local heraldic expert, was acquired for the Friends of Ludlow Museum. Dating from around 1576, this roll lists and displays the coats of arms of 11owners of Ludlow castle, 9 Lord Presidents of the Council of Wales and the Marches and all 22 members of the Council appointed in 1570. The roll appears to have been produced as a record of coats of arms placed in the chapel in Ludlow Castle in 1574.

Item date: 19th century
Date acquired: 2016
Grant Value: £185
Item cost: £185
Institution: Inverclyde Archives
Town/City: Greenock

The application process to apply for funding from the Friends of National Libraries was very straightforward and the decision made within an exceptionally short timeframe.

Item date: 17th-20th cent
Date acquired: 2016
Grant Value: £7,500
Item cost: £42,500
Institution: Geffrye Museum of the Home
Town/City: London

This collection of over 500 titles represents an outstanding survey of known and lesser known medical authors, practices and treatments from the late 17th century to the early decades of the 20th century – 300 years when the home was the site of most medical treatments and household members the practitioners. The Geffrye Museum explores the history of home, but the unremitting concern of householders with their health and their voracious collecting of books and manuals with which to doctor themselves and their families at home is a topic that, until now, hasn’t been represented in the museum’s collections.

This outstanding collection adds a great amount of primary evidential material concerning an under-studied and under-represented area of domestic life to the museum’s library; greatly improving its standing as a primary research hub for the history of home, informing our knowledge of home and allowing it to re-interpret its other collections through the lens of health.