Commemorating Charles Darwin: 1809-1882
We have chosen to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of naturalist Charles Darwin with a double-pronged exhibition. The first case houses our holdings of Darwin's major titles, beginning with an American edition of On the Origins of the Species, published in 1868, described on the title page as "a new edition revised and augmented by the author." Darwin's original treatise was published in 1859. The exhibition continues with a two volume, illustrated first edition of The Descent of Man, published in London in 1871; a "popular edition" of Darwin's last major work, The Expressions of the Emotions in Man and Animals, published in 1904; and the first American edition of The Power of Movement in Plants, published in New York in 1881.
The second case in the exhibition houses a selection of international commemorative stamps issued in honor of the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth, on loan to us from their collector, Boston University Professor Thomas F. Glick (History, CAS). The stamps, primarily first day issues, come from a number of exotic locations, including the Pitcairn Islands, Grenada, the Ivory Coast, Vietnam, Ireland and Britain, to name a few.