Charles Darwin's The Life of Erasmus Darwin

Charles Darwin's The Life of Erasmus Darwin


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Charles Darwin's The Life of Erasmus Darwin by Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin's grandfather, Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), was a leading 18th-century physician-intellectual who posited evolution many years before On the Origin of Species (1859). A Royal Society authority on Dr. Darwin presents the grandson's chronicle of and correspondence with him, with the portions excised (said to be 16%) by Charles' daughter restored and noted in italics. Includes a map of UK sites cited, chronology, family tree, list of E. Darwin's first edition books, portion of E. Krause's essay The Scientific Works of Erasmus Darwin from the 1879 book, and a cross- reference of page numbers in the original with those in proofs for the abridged edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521298742
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2011
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Desmond King-Hele, F.R.S. is a leading authority on Erasmus Darwin and has previously edited the Letters of Erasmus Darwin 0521237068

Date of Birth:

February 12, 1809

Date of Death:

April 19, 1882

Place of Birth:

Shrewsbury, England

Place of Death:

London, England


B.A. in Theology, Christ¿s College, Cambridge University, 1831

Table of Contents

The Life of Erasmus Darwin
Map of the Midland counties4
The Life of Erasmus Darwin7
Charles Darwin's References92
Notes on the text, by the editor97
Appendix A.Chronology of Erasmus Darwin's life135
Appendix B.Selective family tree141
Appendix C.Selected books and papers144
Appendix D.Outline of Ernst Krause's essay148
Appendix E.Linking page numbers in the 1879 book with those in the proofs158

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"This fascinating work should appeal to historians of science." Choice

"King-Hele has become the leading authority on Charles Darwin's grandfather, Erasmus Darwin...King-Hele illuminates both lives simultaneously." Journal of the History of Biology

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