Henry King: Poems

Scope and Content

Seventy-eight poems by Henry King, written in a contemporary hand. The volume was probably compiled under the author's supervision. It includes the bookplate of Sir J.A. Brooke. There is an accompanying letter from Margaret Crum, 27 March 1953, describing the collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry King (1592-1669), poet, was educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford (B.A., 1611; M.A., 1614; D.D., 1625). He became a prebendary of St Paul's, London, 1616; Archdeacon of Colchester, 1617; and canon of Christ Church, Oxford, 1624. He was appointed Dean of Rochester in 1639, and Bishop of Chichester in 1642. King published poems and sermons. He died at Chichester on 30 September 1669.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Henry King in Sidney Lee, ed., Dictionary of national biography, vol. XI (London, 1909), pp. 133-134.

Other Finding Aids


Custodial History

The volume was formerly part of the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, MS 9325.


The volume is no. 2960 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 299. For further information about the collection see the article by Margaret Crum in The library, S5, xvi (1961), pp. 121-132.