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The Collected Writings of Erasmus Darwin

3765 pages, 9 volume set

Continuum Publishing

Hardback | Dec 2003 | #146153 | ISBN: 1843710862
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Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802) was an accomplished scientist and inventor. In his writings Darwin was equally ground-breaking. He translated and explained the Linnaean (sexual) system of botany and popularised it in the risque verse of The Botanic Garden. In Zoonomia he laid out a new system of disease classification and put forward a theory of biological evolution a full 70 years before his grandson, Charles. Darwin's Plan for the Conduct of Female Education was an outstanding 18th-century treatment of that theme. His book Phytologia summarized plant physiology and advocated progressive scientific agriculture, stressing the continuity between plant and animal life.


Volumes 1 & 2 "The Botanic Garden - A Poem in Two Parts" (1791): Volume 1 - "The Economy of Vegetation" (366pp); Volume 2 - "The Loves of the Plants" (230pp). Volume 3 (128pp) "A Plan for the Conduct of Female Education in Boarding Schools" (1797). Volume 4 (632pp) "Phytologia - or The Philosophy of Agriculture and Gardening" (1800). Volumes 5, 6, 7 & 8 "Zoonomia, or The Laws of Organic Life" (3rd edition, corrected, 1801): Volume 5 530pp; Volume 6 568pp; Volume 7 512pp; Volume 8 494pp. Volume 9 (304pp) "The Temple of Nature, or The Origin of Society" (1803).

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