From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]
“WELCOME to the largest collection of Darwin’s writings ever assembled.
For a basic, non-academic, entryway click here. For a complete list
This site currently contains more than 50,000 searchable text pages and
40,000 images of both publications and handwritten manuscripts. There
is also the most comprehensive Darwin bibliography ever published and
the largest manuscript catalogue ever assembled. More than 150
ancillary texts are also included, ranging from secondary reference
works to contemporary reviews, obituaries, published descriptions of
Darwin’s Beagle specimens and important related works for
understanding Darwin’s context.
Most of the editions provided here appear online for the first time
such as the first editions of Journal of Researches [or Voyage of the
Beagle] (1839), The descent of Man (1871), The Zoology of the Voyage of
H.M.S. Beagle (1838-43) and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions of the
Origin of Species. There are also many newly transcribed and never
before published manuscripts such as Darwin’s Beagle field notebooks.
Also appearing for the first time online are complete images of
Darwin’s early notebooks on geology, transmutation of species and
Many of the scanned books provided here belonged to Darwin’s family or
are signed by him. See for example The life of Erasmus Darwin (1879),
Coral reefs (1842) or Variation (1868).
There is much still to come. An enormous quantity of materials are yet
to be provided. New material is added almost daily. Forthcoming
materials include more editions and translations, images of the
majority of the Darwin Archive at Cambridge University Library, more
editorial introductions and notes and transcriptions of Darwin
manuscripts, and technical facilities for printing and larger images.
Assistance with scanning, proof reading or transcribing is warmly