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Morse Peckham manuscript for variorum text of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Ms. Coll. 1077

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Peckham, Morse
Title:
Morse Peckham manuscript for variorum text of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Date:
circa 1959
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1077
Extent:
1.6 Linear feet (8 boxes)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Charles Darwin's (1809-1882) The Origin of Species was published in six extensively edited editions. Over the course of this process, approximately 75% was rewritten between one and five times, and over 1,500 sentences were added, with the result that the sixth edition is nearly one third longer than the first. This collection contains a manuscript for the first variorum text of  The Origin of Species, which was edited by Morse Peckham and published in 1959.
Cite as:
Morse Peckham manuscript for variorum text of The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, 1959, Ms. Coll. 1077, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Charles Darwin (1809-1882), a British naturalist, is credited with first formulating the theories of natural selection and evolution.

Morse Peckham was Director of the University of Pennsylvania Press from 1953 to 1955 and a prolific author. According to his introduction to this text, Peckham's purpose in producing this variorum text was to make it possible for historians and scientists to know what Darwin said in The Origin of Species at any given time; he cites the particular importance of Darwin's excision of theological language between the first edition and later editions, which may explain some if not all of the theological opposition to Darwin's theories. Peckham also emphasizes that this is a variorum  text as opposed to a variorum  edition, since the sources of Darwin's information were neither tracked down nor verified.

Scope and Contents

Charles Darwin's (1809-1882) The Origin of Species was published in six extensively edited editions. Over the course of this process, approximately 75% was rewritten between one and five times, and over 1,500 sentences were added, with the result that the sixth edition is nearly one third longer than the first. This collection contains a manuscript for the first variorum text of  The Origin of Species, referred to by its editor as a "paste-script" due to the nature of its construction, which is the result of a collation process involving cutting and pasting sentences from six editions of Darwin's text.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2015 May 26

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Molly B. Hutt

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
Personal Name(s)
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882
Subject(s)
  • Biology
  • Evolution
  • Manuscripts--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia--20th century
  • Naturalists
  • Science

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Front Matter, pages 1-52 and "Notes" 1-9, circa 1959.

1 1-4

Chapter I, pages 47-128, circa 1959.

1 5-6

Chapter II, pages 129-175, circa 1959.

1 7

Chapter III, pages 176-211, circa 1959.

2 1

Chapter IV, pages 212-400, circa 1959.

2

3

1

2-5

Chapter V, pages 401-490, circa 1959.

3 2-4

Chapter VI, pages 491-600, circa 1959.

3

4

1-3

5

Chapter VII, pages 601-685, circa 1959.

4 4-6

Chapter VIII, pages 686-780, circa 1959.

5 1-3

Chapter IX, pages 781-867, circa 1959.

5 4-10

Chapter X, pages 868-947, circa 1959.

6 1-2

Chapter XI, pages 948-1040, circa 1959.

6 3-5

Chapter XII, pages 1041-1110, circa 1959.

7 1

Chapter XIII, pages 1111-1254, circa 1959.

7

8

2-3

1

Chapter XIV, pages 1255-1338, circa 1959.

8 2-3

Appendices I and II, circa 1959.

8 4

Alphabetical list of chapter subtitles, index, circa 1959.

8 5