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A voyage round the world

Follow the story of the Beagle voyage through Darwin’s notes, books, letters, and specimens, now in the collections of Cambridge University, and displayed for the Bicentenary exhibition A voyage round the world, in Cambridge University Library in 2009.  The text, captions, and images from the exhibition are available here.

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Calendars to the correspondence of Charles Darwin

In 1985, the Darwin Correspondence Project produced its first publication, A Calendar to the Correspondence of Charles Darwin: 1821–1882 (New York: Garland), which contained a detailed summary of every letter Darwin was then known to have sent or received.  That edition is no longer in print, but a revised and updated edition was published by Cambridge University Press in 1994 and the entries in that form the basis for most of the letter summaries on this website. The printed Calendar is still a standard reference work for Darwin scholars.

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The correspondence 1821-60: anniversary paperback set

General Editor Frederick Burkhardt, and the editors of the Darwin Correspondence Project (Cambridge University Press 2009)

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Charles Darwin: the Beagle letters

Charles Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle is at once a gripping adventure story and a turning point in the making of the modern worldRead in sequence, the letters are a first-hand account of a voyage of discovery that is as much personal as intellectual.  It was a letter, received unexpectedly in the summer of 1831, which led the somewhat aimless and ordinary  twenty-two-year-old graduate to undertake the trip that would lead to his conviction that species had evolved.

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Charles Darwin’s letters: a selection 1825-1859

The letters in this volume span the years from 1825, when Darwin was a student at the University of Edinburgh, to the end of 1859, when the Origin of Species was published. The early letters portray Darwin as a lively sixteen-year-old medical student. Two years later he abandoned any idea of following his father in becoming a physician and transferred to Cambridge University to prepare for the ministry. His interests as an undergraduate at Cambridge, as at Edinburgh, were clearly outside the established academic curriculum.

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The correspondence of Charles Darwin

The correspondence of Charles Darwin (F. Burkhardt, et al.eds, Cambridge University Press 1985–) is the definitive edition of all known surviving letters – more than 15,000 – written by and to Charles Darwin.

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