Keynes, Sir Geoffrey Langdon, 1887-1982 (Knight, surgeon and bibliophile)
- Existence: 1887 - 1982
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:
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.
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.
enclosure with Add.8905/10/K/58
Photocopy of a handwritten note from Geoffrey Keynes listing unpublished poems in the 'Vigils' volume, 4 May 1976
Meynell's correspondents include Strickland Gibson, Holbrook Jackson, Geoffrey Keynes, Robert Leighton, and Beatrice Warde,
Concerning the whereabouts of the miniature mentioned in Add.8532/2.
Typescript, galley proof, and correspondence.
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.
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.
Sir Geoffrey Keynes, correspondence about the printing of Siegfried Sassoon's poem 'Rhymed Ruminations', 1939
Includes letters from Sassoon, Laurence Whistler, and publishers; with set of proofs of title page.
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.
First version of an essay concerning James' visit to Cambridge in 1909.
Drafts and fair copies of writings and reviews, mainly on William Blake, Jane Austen, and medical subjects.
Speeches by Geoffrey Keynes and Francis Meynell at the opening of the Gainsborough's House exhibition, 1974
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).