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09/02/2015
February Release

Our first release of 2015 sees the addition of 16 volumes to the Darwin Manuscripts collection. Amongst these, DAR 185 is especially interesting, containing marvellous hand-coloured drawings by Darwin’s children on the backs of heavily revised pages of the Origin of Species manuscript. Darwin himself showed little interest in preserving this draft, and these pages were kept for the children’s drawings rather than for their content. They give a fascinating glimpse into life inside the Darwin household, as well as further insights into the development of the Origin.