Wednesday, June 28, 2006

 

Charles Darwin's patient letter up for auction

"Written in the aftermath of On the Origin of Species, the letter provides an insight into how Darwin's ideas were received, says Gabriel Heaton, a manuscript specialist at Sotheby's in London, which is auctioning the letter. It is expected to fetch between 20,000 to 30,000 pounds." [Auction, Evolution]

A Guardian (UK) article also states:

"The manuscript, which goes on sale on July 13, is signed by Darwin. As in The Origin of Species, he uses specific cases to make his point. For example, he discusses the origin of deafness in cats and why pigs in Florida are black.

Paul White, of the Darwin Correspondence Project at Cambridge University library, agreed the letter was important. "It's unusual in its detail," he said."

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