- Charles Darwin’s personal library, with 7,400 titles and 13,000 volumes, will be published online for the first time, revealing the extent of his research and interests.
- The library includes works on biology, geology, philosophy, psychology, religion, art, history, and travel, with the majority in English and some in languages such as German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and Danish.
- The project, led by Dr. John van Wyhe at the National University of Singapore, aims to provide free access to 9,300 links to copies of the works, making Darwin’s legacy more accessible to the public and a valuable resource for researchers and enthusiasts.
The complete personal library of renowned naturalist Charles Darwin has been uncovered and published online for the first time. The collection, which includes over 1,400 books, has been made available by the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the University of Cambridge.
The library includes a wide range of subjects, reflecting Darwin’s diverse interests and scholarly pursuits. It includes books on geology, natural history, anthropology, and travel, among other topics. The collection also features numerous books that Darwin personally annotated and highlighted, providing insight into his thoughts and ideas.
According to the University of Cambridge, the collection offers a unique look into Darwin’s intellectual development and the sources that influenced his groundbreaking work on evolution and natural selection. By making the library accessible online, researchers and the public alike can now explore the books that shaped Darwin’s thinking and explore the ideas that led to his revolutionary theories.
In a statement, the Biodiversity Heritage Library expressed their excitement at being able to share this valuable resource with the world. “We are thrilled to make this important collection available online for the first time,” said Martin Kalfatovic, the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s Program Director. “It provides an invaluable resource for researchers and anyone interested in delving into the mind of one of the most important scientists in history.”
The online collection can be accessed through the Biodiversity Heritage Library website and the University of Cambridge’s digital library. It represents a significant step in making historical and scientific resources more accessible to the public, and offers a fascinating opportunity to explore the intellectual world of Charles Darwin.