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German and Dutch photograph albums

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Darwin Day 2018: To celebrate Darwin's 209th birthday, we present two lavishly produced albums of portrait photographs which Darwin received from continental admirers 141 years ago. These unusual gifts from Germany and the Netherlands are made…

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  • … has been or could possibly be conferred on me ( Letter to Otto Zacharias, [24 February 1877] ) …

Photograph album of German and Austrian scientists

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The album was sent to Darwin to mark his birthday on 12 February 1877 by the civil servant Emil Rade, and contained 165 portraits of German and Austrian scientists. The work was lavishly produced and bound in blue velvet with metal embossing. Its ornate…

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  • … and published a multi-volume edition of Darwin's works. Otto Zacharias had popularised …
  • … other Germans whose photographs appeared in the album,  Otto Caspari and Gustav Jäger . Krause …

Strange things sent to Darwin in the post

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Some of the stranger things Darwin received in the post can tell us a lot about how Darwin worked at home. In 1863, Darwin was very excited when the ornithologist Alfred Newton sent him a diseased, red-legged partridge foot with an enormous ball of clay…

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  • … in humans and other animals. In 1877, the journalist Otto Zacharias sent Darwin a pig’s foot …

List of correspondents

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Below is a list of Darwin's correspondents with the number of letters for each one. Click on a name to see the letters Darwin exchanged with that correspondent.    "A child of God" (1) Abberley,…

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  • … Busby, James (1) Busch, Otto (1) …
  • … Carus, J. V. (168) Caspari, Otto (1) …
  • … Hague, J. D. (5) Hahn, Otto (3) …
  • … Krakauer, Alfred (1) Kratz, Otto (2) …
  • … Orton, James (7) Otto, Hermann (1) …
  • … W. F. R. (2) Staudinger, Otto (3) …
  • … Youmans, E. L. (2) Zacharias, Otto (12) …

Darwin in letters, 1876: In the midst of life

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1876 was the year in which the Darwins became grandparents for the first time.  And tragically lost their daughter-in-law, Amy, who died just days after her son's birth.  All the letters from 1876 are now published in volume 24 of The Correspondence…

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  • … reassure Darwin that the introduction was far from dull. Otto Zacharias, a young German journalist …
  • … , was also told that the book was dull ( letter to Otto Zacharias, 5 October [1876] ). Darwin …

Darwin in letters, 1875: Pulling strings

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‘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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  • … More controversial was the proposal by the journalist Otto Zacharias to start a monthly periodical …

Darwin in letters, 1877: Flowers and honours

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Ever since the publication of Expression, Darwin’s research had centred firmly on botany. The year 1877 was no exception. The spring and early summer were spent completing Forms of flowers, his fifth book on a botanical topic. He then turned to the…

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  • … some months, and Darwin had learned about it in advance from Otto Zacharias. He was unaware, however …