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Origin: the lost changes for the second German edition


Darwin sent a list of changes made uniquely to the second German edition of Origin to its translator, Heinrich Georg Bronn.  That lost list is recreated here.

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  • … recorded in the distribution of plants.    Page 407, par. 2, lines 14–15, insert after ‘now …

Books on the Beagle


The Beagle was a sort of floating library.  Find out what Darwin and his shipmates read here.

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  • … ( Red notebook , pp. 8e, 10;  ‘Beagle’ diary , p. 407). Daniell, John Frederic.  …

Journal of researches


Within two months of the Beagle’s arrival back in England in October 1836, Darwin, although busy with distributing his specimens among specialists for description, and more interested in working on his geological research, turned his mind to the task of…

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  • … The Journal of researches , Darwin’s account of his travels round the world in H.M.S. Beagle …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings


‘I am getting sick of insectivorous plants’, Darwin confessed in January 1875. He had worked on the subject intermittently since 1859, and had been steadily engaged on a book manuscript for nine months; January also saw the conclusion of a bitter dispute…

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  • … despondent, yet benevolent man’ (‘Recollections’, p. 407).   Even scientific colleagues could …