Sunday, May 17, 2009

Digging for Darwin-NY Times Essay

-C. Paula de los Angeles

A New Hampshire resident returned a first edition of On the Origin of Species to the Boston Public Library, overdue for 80 years!

Only around 1,100 first editions were published.

Those who have reported owning this edition include: "an intellectually curious member of the Victorian bourgeoisie, the unusual family story of an Italian exile in England, the agony of the Great War, the rise of American wealth and collecting, a Rhode Island scholar’s quiet bibliophilia, and a New Hampshire woman’s matter-of-fact generosity".

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