Koestler. Library

Scope and Content

Arthur Koestler had left his collection of books to the London Library. His library consists of inscribed and annotated books by a variety of authors as well as English-language editions and translations of his own works into many languages. The collection of about 1000 books was given to Edinburgh University Library by the London Library. The works present a wide variety of subjects and titles from In the belly of the beast : letters from prison (1981) by Jack Henry Abbott, with an introduction by Norman Mailer, to Then and now: a novel (1946) by W. Somerset Maugham, and Evidence submitted to the Palestine Royal Commission (1937) by V. Jabotinsky on behalf of the New Zionist Organisation. The library also contains works bequeathed by Harold Harris.

Other Finding Aids

The titles within Koestler's library have been entered on  Edinburgh University Library Catalogue. Browse in the University Library catalogue's Simple Search by entering a Shelfmark search using SC 3875 and onwards, SD 4026 onwards, or JA 3904 onwards.