Bibliography of Darwin Sources

Some of the books on evolution that I have enjoyed are not cited directly in these web pages. Williams (1978) is full of pictures that give one a feel for the look of science in the 19th Century. Key excerpts from primary sources of Darwin's writing (including the notebooks), together with insightful comments, make Glick and Kohn's book (1996) an indispensable resource. The Lightbinders (1997) Darwin CD-ROM contains the complete texts and illustrations of many of Darwin's works together with essays and supporting materials. Mayr (numerous works) and Bowler (1990 & 1993) are excellent sources of information about Darwin and biology; Desmond (1989) approached the subject from a political point of view. Depew and Weber (1995) clearly described and analyzed the context for the development of Darwin's theory of evolution and for subsequent interpretations of the theory. Not cited are the many essays by Stephen Jay Gould, which are a wonderful introduction to Darwin and evolution, the works of Erasmus Darwin, Alexander v. Humboldt, John Herschel (I have not seen the original volumes), and White's History of Selborne (available in many different editions).


    Bowlby, John. 1990. Charles Darwin: A new life. W. W. Norton & Company, New York. 511 pp.

    Bowler, Peter J. 1990. Charles Darwin: The man and his influence. Cambridge Univ. Pr., New York. 250 pp.

    Bowler, Peter J. 1993. Darwinism. Twayne Publ., New York. 121 pp.

    Brooke, John Hedley. 1991. Science and religion. Cambridge Univ. Pr., New York. 422 pp.

    Browne, Janet. 1995. Charles Darwin, voyaging. Alfred A. Knopf, New York. 605 pp.

    Chambers, Robert. 1994. Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation [1844, 1st ed.] and Other Evolutionary Writings. James A. Secord, ed. Univ. Chicago Pr., Chicago. 254 pp.

    Darwin, Charles. 1859. On the origin of species by means of natural selection or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life. John Murray, London. [1964 facsimile edition, Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge. 513 pp.]

    Darwin, Charles. 1958. The autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882. Barlow, Nora, ed. W. W. Norton & Company, New York. 253 pp.

    Darwin, Charles. 1962. The voyage of the Beagle [edition of 1860, the last to be revised by Darwin] Anchor Books, Doubleday, New York. 524 pp.

    Darwin, Charles. 1985-1994. The correspondence of Charles Darwin. Vols. 1-9: 1821-1861. Frederick Burkhardt, and Sydney Smith, eds. Cambridge Univ. Pr., New York. 702 pp.

    Darwin, Charles. 1987. Charles Darwin's Notebooks, 1836-1844. Paul H. Barrett, Peter J. Gautrey, Sandra Herbert, David Kohn, and Sydney Smith, eds. British Museum (Natural History) and Cornell University Press, Ithaca. 747 pp.

    Darwin, Charles. 1996. Charles Darwin's letters, a selection. Frederick Burkhardt, ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 249 pp.

    Depew, David J., and Bruce H. Weber. 1995. Darwinism evolving. MIT Pr., Cambridge. 588 pp.

    Desmond, Adrian. 1989. The politics of evolution. Univ. Chicago Pr., Chicago. 503 pp.

    Desmond, Adrian, & James Moore. 1991. Darwin: The life of a tormented evolutionist. W. W. Norton & Co., New York. 809 pp.

    Finch, Robert, and John Elder, eds. 1990. The Norton book of nature writing. W. W. Norton & Co., New York, 921 pp.

    Glick, Thomas F., and David Kohn. 1996. Darwin on evolution. Hackett Publ. Co., Indianapolis. 356 pp.

    Goerke, Heinz. 1973 [transl. by D. Lindley]. Linnaeus. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 178 pp.

    Hallam, A. 1989. Great geological controversies. Oxford Univ. Pr., New York. 244 pp.

    Lamarck, J. B. 1984. Zoological philosophy [1809, transl. by H. Elliot] University of Chicago Pr., Chicago. 453 pp + index.

    Lightbinders. 1997. Darwin CD-ROM. Lightbinders, Inc., San Francisco.

    Lyell, Charles. 1830-1833. Principles of geology. John Murray, London. Vol. 1, 1830, 511 pp.; Vol. 2, 1832, 330 pp.; Vol. 3,1833, 398 pp. + 160 pp. [1990-1991 facsimile edition, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago.]

    Lyell, Charles. 1863. The geological evidences of the antiquity of man with remarks on theories of the origin of species by variation. George W. Childs, Philadelphia. 526 pp. Lyell, Charles. 1867-1868. Principles of geology, 10th Ed. John Murray, London. Vol. 1, 1867, 671 pp.; Vol. 2, 1868, 649 pp.

    Malthus, Thomas Robert. 1976. Thomas Robert Malthus: An Essay on the Principle of Population [1798]. Philip Appleman, ed. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., New York. 260 pp.

    Mayr, Ernst. 1997. This is biology: The science of the living world. Harvard Univ. Pr. 327 pp.

    Mayr, Ernst. 1991. One long argument: Charles Darwin and the Genesis of Modern Evolutionary Thought. Harvard University Press, Cambridge. 195 pp.

    Moorehead, Alan. 1969. Darwin and the Beagle. Harper & Row, Publishers, New York. 280 pp.

    Newman, William A., 1993. Darwin and cirripedology. Pp. 349-434, in F. Truesdale, ed., History of carcinology, Crustacean Issues 8, Balkema, Rotterdam. 445 pp.

    Owen, Richard. 1992. The Hunterian lectures in comparative anatomy, May-June 1837. P. R. Sloan, ed. Nat. Hist. Mus. Publ., London. 340 pp.

    Paley, William. 1802. Natural theology: or evidences of the existence and attributes of the Deity, collected from the appearances of nature. Printed for John Morgan, no. 51, South Second-Street by H. Maxwell, no. 25, North Second-Street. 402 pp.

    Sober, Elliott. 1993. Philosophy of biology. Westview Press, Boulder. 231 pp.

    Wallace, Alfred Russel. 1911. The world of life: A manifestation of creative power, directive mind and ultimate purpose. Moffat, Yard & Co., New York. 308 pp.

    Williams, L. Pearce. 1978. Album of science: The Nineteenth Century. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. 413 pp.

    Worster, Donald. 1994. Nature's economy: A history of ecological ideas, second edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 505 pp.

    Young, David. 1992. The discovery of evolution. Natural History Museum Publications, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 256 pp.

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