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Holding institution(s): Cambridge University Library

Classmarks / reference: Keynes

Overview (contents / highlights / provenance)

Books range from the 15th–20th centuries, and reflect a variety of disciplines, but with a particular interest in early books relating to medicine and surgery, and also to several English authors for whose works Keynes compiled systematic bibliographies. These include Jane Austen, George Berkeley, William Blake, Timothy Bright, Sir Thomas Browne, John Donne, John Evelyn, William Harvey, William Hazlitt, Robert Hooke, Henry King, Martin Lister, John Ray, Rupert Brooke and Siegfried Sassoon. Acquired after Keynes’ death in 1982. Highlights include a number of books from Edward Gibbon’s library, many fine bindings and provenance in general (particularly in the case of Rupert Brooke and Siegfried Sassoon, whom Keynes knew personally).

Extent: 8000 volumes

External resources (Janus, CUDL, VEs, etc.)

Online exhibition: 

  • Keynes, G. Bibliotheca bibliographici. Privately printed, 1964. (Catalogue of 4,300 items in the collection. Omits reference books and recently printed books. Includes index of owners and donors, and short list of named binders.
  • Keynes, G. The Gates of memory. Oxford, 1981
  • A list of books and manuscripts owned by Geoffrey Keynes in 1939 is available in the Manuscripts Department at classmark Add. 8541.