The full set!

Thirty years ago, in 1993, I treated myself to the first 8 volumes of Darwin’s Correspondence, which was all that had been published at the time. Ever since, one of my ambitions has been to live long enough to collect the full set. Today, on my 58th birthday, I realised that ambition.

The full 30-volume (31-book) set of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin.

Now there’s the small matter of reading them all. I’m currently half-way through volume 12.

Richard Carter, FCD

Writer and photographer Richard Carter, FCD is the founder of the Friends of Charles Darwin. He lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.WebsiteNewsletterMastodonetc…


    1. None of his contemporary family, obviously, but Darwin left a lot of living descendents. In December 2022, I attended an event where three of his descendents (all scientists) talked about what it was like to have such an illustrious predecessor. You can see the video of the even here.

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