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The Correspondence of Charles Darwin

Volume 22. 1874

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  • Date Published: March 2015
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107088726

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  • This volume is part of the definitive edition of letters written by and to Charles Darwin, the most celebrated naturalist of the nineteenth century. Notes and appendixes put these fascinating and wide-ranging letters in context, making the letters accessible to both scholars and general readers. Darwin depended on correspondence to collect data from all over the world and to discuss his emerging ideas with scientific colleagues, many of whom he never met in person. The letters are published chronologically: volume 22 includes letters from 1874, the year in which Darwin completed his research on insectivorous plants and published second editions of Descent of Man and Coral Reefs. The year also saw an acrimonious dispute between Darwin and St George Jackson Mivart as a result of an anonymous review the latter had written in which he criticised Darwin's son George.

    • Complete transcriptions of more than 650 letters written and received by Charles Darwin in 1874, providing for the first time primary materials of immense value to researchers across a range of disciplines
    • Clear and concise explanatory notes make the material easily accessible for both scholars and general readers, and a complete biographical register provides brief notes on people mentioned in the letters
    • A narrative introduction gives a concise and highly readable account of Darwin's life in 1874, the year in which he worked on insectivorous plants and published the second edition of Descent of Man
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    'Particularly interesting are the early parts of a major row between Darwin and his supporters and the Catholic biologist St George Jackson Mivart. … There is some interesting material here for those interested in the sociology of science. … As always the scholarship is impeccable – difficult handwriting is deciphered, and notes are there to explain arcane points of detail. … there is material here that will forever reward and excite scholars trying to make sense of one of the greatest figures of Western culture. We all owe a huge debt to the late Frederick Buckhardt who had vision and the energy to get this wonderful undertaking off the ground and moving forward to… the point we have reached today.' Michael Ruse, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107088726
    • length: 904 pages
    • dimensions: 241 x 163 x 53 mm
    • weight: 1.49kg
    • contains: 40 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of letters
    Introduction
    Acknowledgments
    List of provenances
    Note on editorial policy
    Darwin/Wedgwood genealogy
    Abbreviations and symbols
    The Correspondence
    Appendix I. Translations
    Appendix II. Chronology
    Appendix III. Diplomas
    Appendix IV. Presentation lists for Coral reefs, 2nd edition and Descent 2nd edition
    Appendix V. St G. J. Mivart, G. H. Darwin, and the Quarterly Review
    Manuscript alterations and comments
    Biographical register and index to correspondents
    Bibliography
    Notes on manuscript sources
    Index.

  • Author

    Charles Darwin
    Frederick Burkhardt (1912–2007), the founder of the Darwin Correspondence Project, was president of Bennington College, Vermont, 1947–57, and president of the American Council of Learned Societies, 1957–74. Before founding the Darwin Correspondence Project in 1974, he was already at work on an edition of the papers of the philosopher William James. He received the Modern Language Association of America's first Morton N. Cohen Award for a Distinguished Edition of Letters in 1991, the Founder's Medal of the Society for the History of Natural History in 1997, the Thomas Jefferson Gold Medal of the American Philosophical Society in 2003 and a special citation for outstanding service to the history of science from the History of Science Society in 2005.

    Editors

    Frederick Burkhardt, American Council of Learned Societies
    James A. Secord has served as Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project since 2006. He is also Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Christ's College. Besides his work for the Darwin Project, his research focuses on the history of science from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. His book, Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (2000), won the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society. He has recently written on scientific conversation, scrapbook-keeping and public scientific displays.

    James Secord, University of Cambridge

    The Editors of the Darwin Correspondence Project

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