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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 108 Collections and/or Records:

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 Series

Letter from Elsie Smith to Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 11 June 1961

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8781/467
Scope and Contents

Thanks for the report of Tinkler's activities in Peterborough and Lincoln Cathedrals; pamphlets missing from Salisbury Cathedral Library

Dates: 11 June 1961
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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Letter from Sir Geoffrey Keynes

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9388/128
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Novels, essays, memoir, and biographical correspondence.

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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Letter from Sir Geoffrey Keynes (1887-1982) to H.R.C. Creswick, 2 Mar. 1963

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8781/334
Scope and Contents

He asks the Library to buy a volume of pamphlets

Dates: 2 Mar. 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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Letter from Sir Geoffrey Keynes; Brinkley, 27 May 1979

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9716/14/115
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Letters to Gömöri, with related items.

Dates: 27 May 1979
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection contains personal correspondence. The provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998) apply to access.
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Letter of F.J. Cole to Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 3 Feb. 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9750/44
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Comprises single items or small collections, chiefly correspondence, donated to or purchased by Cambridge University Library. Together with a number of items and fragments found in Cambridge University Library books and bindings.

Dates: 3 Feb. 1945
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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Letter, press cutting and speeches concerning the conferral of an honorary degree of D.Litt to Sassoon at Oxford, Feb. 1965-June 1965

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/9/2/2
Scope and Contents From the Series: This series contains nine bundles of Sassoon's incoming correspondence; approximately 261 items. Personal and business correspondence is intermingled, and the letters are grouped according to subject matter (awards of honorary degrees; 'The Heart's Journey'; Sassoon's engagement; work on a film about T.E. Lawrence; 'The Old Century'; his CBE; and his religious conversion), or correspondent (Katherine Asquith letters). There is also a series of miscellaneous letters. The letters in each...
Dates: Feb. 1965-June 1965
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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Letters from Geoffrey Keynes, 1944-1946

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9820/A/29
Scope and Contents From the Series:

A few items include drafts or carbon copies of letters from Howe.

Dates: 1944-1946
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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Letters from Geoffrey Keynes (Hampstead) to Siegfried Sassoon sending congratulations on birth of George [Thornycroft Sassoon]; together with a letter from Geoffrey Keynes (Stradishall) to Hester [Sassoon (née Gatty)] re enjoyment of visit, 1936-1938 (30 October 1936; 1938; 8 August 1938)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9375/573-4
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

A collection of 1094 letters, postcards and other items known as 'Sassoon's residual correspondence' although it does also include a number of items addressed to other persons particularly to his wife, Hester, and his mother, Theresa Thornycroft.

Dates: 1936-1938 (30 October 1936; 1938; 8 August 1938)
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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Letters from Laurence Whistler to Geoffrey Keynes, 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8490/2
Scope and Contents From the Series:

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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Letters from Morison to Geoffrey Keynes, 1923-1928

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9812/D/162
Scope and Contents

Original letters, partly manuscript and partly typescript; with typescript royalty accounts for his book on William Pickering published by The Fleuron.

Dates: 1923-1928
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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Letters from Siegfried Sassoon to Henry Festing Jones ('Enrico'), 1917-1931

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8484
Scope and Contents

Set of 28 descriptive letters and postcards bound into a volume, with note that the notebook was inherited by Geoffrey Keynes from A.T. Bartholomew in 1933, and bound by Gray in 1935. Includes one letter written during the First World War. The items are numbered (some non-sequentially); foliation by the archivist has been added in square brackets where different.

Dates: 1917-1931
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).
 Sub-Series

Letters from Sir Geoffrey Keynes, (1887-1982), surgeon and bibliographer, (Hampstead and Brinkley), to Siegfried Sassoon, 1933-1967

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8889/3/182-98
Scope and Contents

Comments on visits, books, the ballet, own admiration for Serge Lifar, Siegfried Sassoon's engagement etc.

Dates: 1933-1967
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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Letters relating to the 'album party' on 11 October, 1961

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9813/F18/7
Scope and Contents

The writers include Nicolas Barker, A. W. Bell, Christopher Bradshaw, Harry Carter, John Carter, Will Carter, William Cox, Brooke Crutchley, John Fairleigh, Elisabeth Friedlander, David Garnett, Joan Hassall, John Hayward, Ashley Havinden, Ellic Howe, Geoffrey Keynes, Lynton Lamb, Rauri McLean, Vivian Ridler, John Ryder, Hans Schmoller, Herbert Simon, John Simpson, and John Westwood. A few others are unidentified.

Dates: 1961
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.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).
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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'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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