A MAJOR NEW ACQUISITION FOR THE KEATS-SHELLEY HOUSE

June 23, 2014

The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association are delighted to announce an important new addition to the library and museum collection of the House in Rome.

The acquisition, John Keats's recently discovered autographed copy of Tacitus's Orationes omnes (published by Pietro Maria Marchetti, Brescia, 1601), is of major importance to scholars because it now brings the number of books known to have belonged to Keats up to twenty-eight.

The book has been examined by a team of Keats scholars who have confirmed its authenticity and have deduced, from the size and appearance of Keats's ownership inscription, that it is likely to have belonged to him around 1810 when he was at or leaving school. 

The Keats-Shelley Memorial Association would like to thank the Friends of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association, especially Professor Suzuna Jimbo and Katsuko Jimbo, and the Friends of the National Libraries for their generous support in making this acquisition possible.

Tacitus