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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Darwin's private papers and more

Cambridge University Library, which holds all the Darwin papers, has announced the largest release in history--some 20,000 items and 90,000 images, including the first draft of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. For details, see the What's New section of Charles Darwin online.

Many items are available in a variety of formats--text versions which load quickly and may be searched, and many with additional page images. They've even just released an audio book of Darwin's Beagle Diary, with a link to a text version if you wish to read along.

The site is also rich in materials about Darwin, including information on the Census of the Extant Copies of the 1st Edition of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species with instructions on participation. And coming in 2009 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species (November 24, 1859) and the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth (February 12, 1809)--will you be celebrating Darwin 2009?

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