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KEYNES, Simon Douglas (editor). Quentin Keynes. Explorer, Film-Maker, Lecturer and Book-Collector 1921-2003. Cambridge: Lecturis BV for Simon Keynes, 2004.

Octavo (208 x 145mm), pp. xii, 246, [2 (blank l.)]. Colour-printed portrait frontispiece and colour-printed and black-and-white illustrations in the text, some full-page. Original light-blue cloth, upper board blocked in gilt with ‘QGK’ monogram after bookplate designed for Quentin Keynes, endpapers reproducing drawing by Ernest Griset, dustwrapper. (Slight crease on lower panel of dustwrapper.) A very good copy.

First and only edition, no. 380 of 500 numbered copies, this copy signed by the author beneath the limitation statementAfter the death of the explorer, film-maker, and book-collector Quentin Keynes in February 2003, two separate memorial meetings were held in October 2003 at the Royal Geographical Society, London and the Explorers Club, New York. The first part of this volume collects the talks given at those meetings by Lord Egremont, Tarquin Olivier, Alexander Maitland, Tom Lamb, and Mary Lovell (London) and Stephen Keynes, John Heminway, John Frederick Walker, Sherman Bull, William Dylewsky, Jacques d’Amboise, and Jerry Hamlin (New York), prefaced by a ‘Farewell to Quentin’ by his older brother, Richard Keynes.

The second part of the volume is Simon Keynes’ ‘The Illustrated Quentin Keynes: Explorer, Film-Maker, and Collector’ (pp. 61-237), a biographical memoir based upon personal recollection, the memories of others, and a close study of its subject’s voluminous (if somewhat unkempt) archives. It concludes with an illustrated catalogue of ten remarkable and characteristic items from Quentin Keynes’ collections: a watercolour drawing of ‘Man in Walwich Bay’ (1786); a map of Chiloe, off the coast of Chile, made on board HMS Beagle (1835); Darwin’s German New Testament, with the ownership inscription of ‘Charles Darwin H.M.S. Beagle’; a watercolour sketch by William Cornwallis Harris of Mzilikazi (Moselekatse), King of the Matabele (October 1836); Sarah Bowdich’s The Fresh-Water Fishes of Great Britain (London, 1828-1838), one of about 50 copies, each illustrated with 46 original watercolours by Bowdich; a copy of Robert Moffatt’s Missionary Labours and Scenes in Southern Africa (London, 1842) signed by Moffat himself, members of his family, including his daughter Mary who married David Livingstone, Livingstone himself, and Henry Morton Stanley; David Livingstone’s ‘bottle’ letter, addressed to the commander of an unspecified British ship (25 May 1859); Sir Richard Burton’s ‘East Africa Letter-Book’ (1855-1859), which formed an important component of Quentin Keynes’ Roxburghe Club book The Search for the Source of the Nile (London, 1999); Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s brush-and-ink drawing of Ezra Pound (1914); and Frank Budgen’s pencil drawing of James Joyce executed in Zurich, during the writing of Ulysses(1919). 

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