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The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Volume 24: 1876

Biography / Memoir
  • The narrative introduction provides a compact but highly readable account of Darwin's life in 1876
  • Complete transcriptions of more than 600 letters that Darwin wrote and received in the year 1876 are of immense value to researchers across a range of disciplines, providing for the first time primary materials on this period of Darwin's life and work
  • Clear and concise explanatory notes make the material accessible to both scholars and general readers

Series: The Correspondence of Charles Darwin Volume: 24

By: Charles Darwin(Author), Frederick Burkhardt(Editor), James A Secord(Editor)

866 pages, 22 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Dec 2016 | #232284 | ISBN-13: 9781107180574
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About this book

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 24 includes letters from 1876, the year in which Darwin published Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom, and started writing Forms of Flowers. In 1876, Darwin's daughter-in-law, Amy, died shortly after giving birth to a son, Bernard Darwin, an event that devastated the family. The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, Volume 24: 1876 includes a supplement of 182 letters from earlier years, including a newly discovered collection of letters from William Darwin, Darwin's eldest son.


List of illustrations
List of letters
List of provenances
Note on editorial policy
Darwin/Wedgwood genealogy
Abbreviations and symbols

The correspondence

Appendix I. Translations
Appendix II. Chronology
Appendix III. Presentation lists for Variation, 2nd edition, Cross and Self Fertilisation, and Geological Observations, 2nd edition
Appendix IV. Reviews of Cross and Self Fertilisation
Appendix V. Letters regarding the HMS Challenger specimens
Manuscript alterations and comments
Biographical register and index to correspondents
Notes on manuscript sources

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