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The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Volume 22: 1874

Biography / Memoir
  • 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

Series: The Correspondence of Charles Darwin Volume: 22

By: Charles Darwin(Author), Frederick Burkhardt(Editor), James A Secord(Editor), The Editors of the Darwin Correspondence Project(Editor)

855 pages, 40 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Mar 2015 | #218780 | ISBN-13: 9781107088726
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About this book

The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Volume 22: 1874 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.


- 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

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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.

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.

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