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Keynes, Sir Geoffrey Langdon, 1887-1982 (Knight, surgeon and bibliophile)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1887 - 1982

Biography

Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes (1887-1982), surgeon, bibliographer and literary scholar, was born in Cambridge on 25 March 1887. His brother was John Maynard Keynes, later Lord Keynes. Geoffrey went to school at Rugby, before entering Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1906, to study natural sciences. He trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital, and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War I. After the war he became part of the surgical team at Bart's, where he was appointed assistant surgeon in 1928. During World War II he was consulting surgeon to the R.A.F., and was made acting Air Vice-Marshal in 1944. He retired from Bart's in 1952, and received a knighthood in 1955. Keynes wrote many bibliographies and biographies. The subjects of his works include Jane Austen, Rupert Brooke, John Donne, John Evelyn, William Harvey, William Hazlitt, Siegfried Sassoon, Izaak Walton and, in particular, William Blake. His work on Thomas Willis remained uncompleted at his death. Keynes was also a great admirer of ballet, and wrote his own ballet, Job, with music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, which was first performed by the Camargo Society in 1931.

Found in 131 Collections and/or Records:

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Notebook

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8828
Scope and Contents

An essay on William Blake, Illustrations of the book of Job, Sadler's Wells Ballet Books, No. 2, pp. 24-34; a description of copies of Blake's Jerusalem; and an article, 'The early recognition of malignant disease', in Sir Heneage Ogilvie, ed., The early recognition of disease (1949), pp. 97-102.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Notebook

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8829
Scope and Contents An article, 'Jane Austen', in British book news, National Book League, 76 (1946), pp. 451-453; descriptions of William Blake's illuminated books, Songs of innocence and experience, Poetical sketches and Urizen; a copy of a letter to 'C.A. Tulk' on Blake's poems; notes on medical and surgical cases; an introduction to Thornton's Great medical book collectors; a copy of 'The history of blood transfusion', in Blood transfusion (1949), pp. 3-40; (running from the back of the notebook) medical...
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Notebook, poems 1940s-1950s, 1940 - 1959 (circa)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9724/1/8
Scope and Contents Notebook with 'Vigils' on spine, marked by Sassoon as 'a dummy specimen for the engraved Vigils which I got from G.K' [Geoffrey Keynes]. Contains fair copies and revised transcriptions of Sassoon's poems from 1945-1954, with a few earlier items revised in this period. Contents: Quotation by H. Vaughan: /1r. Note by Sassoon, 'These later poems are an attempt to continue my spiritual autobiography - alas, by an elderly moralist!': /2v. Poems: - 'A Memoirist', fair copy: /3v. - 'A Prayer to...
Dates: 1940 - 1959 (circa)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Other rejected publications, 1951-1963

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/D34/8
Scope and Contents Correspondence. Correspondents include A. J. Adams, Germaine Berder, Cecil Binney, J. B. Blackley, W. Blackshaw, Mrs G. M. Bloom, P. A. Buckingham, L. R. Burrows, John Carr, Bradford Cook, P. J. Croft, Evelyn Croft-Whynsted, Basil Drennan, Constantine Fitzgibbon, Patrick Hanley, Richard Hare, Margaret Harrington, A. W. Elsmere Harris, Marjorie Erskine Honore, Phyllis Hornsby, Herbert Howarth, Mrs L. S. Ivens, Margaret Calkin James, Arnrid Johnston, Barrington Kaye, Rockwell Kent, Geoffrey...
Dates: 1951-1963
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Papers relating to the special number on the birthday of Geoffrey Keynes (Spring 1972), 1971-1972

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9984/D/11
Scope and Contents

Folder 1 = correspondence with Ian Fletcher and typescript (photocopy) of his article 'The Ellis-Yeats-Blake manuscript cluster' Folders 2-3 = other correspondence, including with contributors Rupert Hart-Davis, William Lefanu, A. N. L. Munby, D. P. Piper, and Charles Ryskamp . Other correspondents include F. R. Collieson, Arnold Muirhead and John Sparrow Folder 4 = partial page proofs, layout of the issue, proofs of illustrations, and order form for the separate publication in book form.

Dates: 1971-1972
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Item

photo of Chateau de Villers, 20 Sep 1960-20 Sep 1963 (circa, no date given)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8905/10/K/58(i)
Scope and Contents

enclosure with Add.8905/10/K/58

Dates: 20 Sep 1960-20 Sep 1963 (circa, no date given)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Photocopy of a handwritten note from Geoffrey Keynes listing unpublished poems in the 'Vigils' volume, 4 May 1976

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8491/3
Scope and Contents From the Series: Volume containing poems for 'Vigils' and some additional poems not published there. Poems are neatly written and illustrated with watercolour abstract and pictorial designs. Marked 'Geoffrey Keynes April 1976'. Contents: Illustrated title page: /1r. Untitled poems, first lines as follows: - 'The weariness of life that has no will': /2r. - 'Birds in the world were waking': /3r. - 'Atlas who bore the world upon his back'; with illustration of Atlas: /4r. - 'Chord – very softly sounded –...
Dates: 4 May 1976
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Research correspondence, 1943-1944

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/B12/1
Scope and Contents

Meynell's correspondents include Strickland Gibson, Holbrook Jackson, Geoffrey Keynes, Robert Leighton, and Beatrice Warde,

Dates: 1943-1944
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Ronald Coke-Steel to Sir G.L. Keynes, 12 Nov. 1959

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8532/5
Scope and Contents

Concerning the whereabouts of the miniature mentioned in Add.8532/2.

Dates: 12 Nov. 1959
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Samuel Johnson and Bishop Berkeley (Summer 1981), 1978-1981

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9984/C1/168
Scope and Contents

Typescript, galley proof, and correspondence.

Dates: 1978-1981
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Siegfried Sassoon: Correspondence and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8483-8494
Scope and Contents

Correspondence, poems and other papers. Sassoon often issued his poems privately in limited editions, and some of these were seen through the press by A.T. Bartholomew, and later by Geoffrey Keynes. Some of the manuscripts therefore include their correspondence about publication, and transcripts by Keynes.

Dates: 1917-1959
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Vigils' (transcript by G. Keynes), 1934

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8492
Scope and Contents Volume of carefully transcribed poems; fair copies with later emendations: titles excised or notes added in pencil (corrections or notes on spacing, font, etc.). Contents: - Title page, 'Vigils. Twenty Poems by SS', 'Authenticated for engraving 17.9.33': /1r. - 'Vigils': /2r. - untitled, begins 'The multitudinous dead, like books unread': /3r. - 'The Heart's Paradise' (title excised): /4r. - 'War Experience': /5r. - 'December Stillness': /6r. - untiled, begins 'Break silence. You have...
Dates: 1934
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Siegfried Sassoon's poems 'Emblems of Experience', 27 July 1951 (circa)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8486
Scope and Contents Printer's copy in the hand of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, with note that nine poems in this transcript were not printed. The poems are numbered (non-sequentially). Contents: - title page: /1r. - table of contents, with note on typesetting: /1v. - 'A Prayer to Time': /2r. - 'Travelling Library': /2v. - 'Ultimate Values': /3r. - 'Solitudes at Sixty': /4r. - 'Confederacy with Oblivion', marked 'omit': /5r. - 'On Hearing Some Sonatas', marked 'omit': /6r-7r. - 'A Fallodon Memory': /8r-9r. - 'A Glimpse...
Dates: 27 July 1951 (circa)
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Edmund Gosse: Review of The works of Sir Thomas Brown

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8461
Scope and Contents

The manuscript of an unfinished review of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, ed., The works of Sir Thomas Browne, vol. I. This was the last piece written by Gosse before his death.

Dates: 1928
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Geoffrey Keynes, correspondence about the printing of Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Rhymed Ruminations', 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8490
Scope and Contents

Includes letters from Sassoon, Laurence Whistler, and publishers; with set of proofs of title page.

Dates: 1939
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Geoffrey Keynes: Correspondence with Frank Huntley

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9670
Scope and Contents 71 letters, aerogrammes and cards from Keynes to Huntley, 24 Aug. 1949 - 2 July 1982 (MSS Add.9670/1-71). The letters touch on many scholarly, literary and social subjects, and the correspondents' interest in Sir Thomas Browne is well represented. The majority of the letters were written from Lammas House, Brinkley, Newmarket, with others from various addresses in London and elsewhere. MS Add.9670/10 is written on a letter to Keynes from R. W. David, manager of the Cambridge University...
Dates: 1922-1982
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Geoffrey Keynes: Details of his portrait of Sir Nicholas Bacon, 1953

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9563/182-186
Scope and Contents

Keynes purchased a picture of Sir Nicholas Bacon in 1953, from the collection of the late Prince Duleep Singh. The picture now hangs in the Keynes Room at CUL. These notes were formerly attached to the back of the picture. [182-186] Keynes's notes on provenance of his picture, page of sale catalogue, photograph of it and National Portrait Gallery version.

Dates: 1953
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Geoffrey Keynes: 'Henry James in Cambridge'

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8543
Scope and Contents

First version of an essay concerning James' visit to Cambridge in 1909.

Dates: c. 1958
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Geoffrey Keynes: Notebooks

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8828-8829
Scope and Contents

Drafts and fair copies of writings and reviews, mainly on William Blake, Jane Austen, and medical subjects.

Dates: 1945-1950 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Geoffrey Keynes: 'Religio Bibliographici'

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8542
Scope and Contents

Religious bibliography.

Dates: 1959
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes: Personal Papers and Correspondence

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8633
Scope and Contents Box 1: Typescripts of Gates ('No Life Is Long Enough'). Box 2: Typescripts of Gates; reviews of Gates; letters to Keynes prompted by its publication. Box 3: Original copies of 'The Enthusiast'; letters from Keynes to his parents, written from Rugby; Rugby School handbooks. Boxes 4-6: Envelopes containing letters to Keynes. Box 7: Papers concerning Eric Gill; unsorted letters, c. 1938-1940. Box 8: Bound volume of letters from Keynes to A.T. Bartholomew, 1906-1920, including many written from...
Dates: 1906-1982 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Part 29 closed until 2025
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Speeches by Geoffrey Keynes and Francis Meynell at the opening of the Gainsborough's House exhibition, 1974

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/D41/5
Scope and Contents

Audiocassette.

Dates: 1974
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The compleat angler, by Isaac Walton, 1929

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/D6/2
Scope and Contents

Letters from Meynell to the editor Geoffrey Keynes and to the Curwen Press; trial settings of the title-page; and proofs of the 6 copper engravings by Charles Sigrist (2 sets).

Dates: 1929
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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The complete writings of William Blake with all the variant readings (1957), 1956-1958

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/D18
Scope and Contents From the Series: This series contains papers of the Nonesuch Press from its beginning in 1923 until after its last publication (not counting John Dreyfus's History of the Nonesuch Press, 1981) in 1968. Meynell's files were roughly sorted into 'Pre-war Nonesuch', 'Macy's Nonesuch' (George Macy owned the business 1936-51), and 'Post-war Nonesuch'. This series retains the basic chronological scheme, except for subseries D42 and 43 at the end which keep general correspondence and correspondence about permissions...
Dates: 1956-1958
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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'The Tasking', 'Unwonted Themes' and 'Meredith Biographical References etc.', 1947-1957 (circa; the Meredith notes precede 1948; the poems date circa 1951-1957)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/6/9
Scope and Contents Notebook comprising draft poems for 'The Tasking' and 'Unwonted Themes' at one end, and notes for 'Meredith' from the other. The notebook also includes an almost continuous run of diary entries for 5 Feb. 1953 - 4 Apr. 1954. While the diary entries begin from the poetry end, many share pages with the Meredith notes. Contents: 'The Tasking. Unwonted Themes': /1r-29v & 76r. Contains the following draft poems and related notes: - Title page: /1r. - 'The Abstractionist': /1v. - Lists...
Dates: 1947-1957 (circa; the Meredith notes precede 1948; the poems date circa 1951-1957)
Conditions Governing Access: Fragile, with many loose or detached pages - please handle with care.
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