The Evolution of the Origin

As schools, universities, museums and (yes) churches around the world prepare to celebrate Darwin Day, it’s a great time to study the evolution of the book that started it all by picking up the Penn Press paperback release of The Origin of the Species: A Variorum Text.

This volume marks the first scholarly attempt to compile a complete variorum edition covering all of the extensive variants in the six texts of The Origin of Species published between 1859 and 1872.
Charles Darwin’s changes were extensive. His book grew by a third as he rewrote many passages four or five times, and in this edition Morse Peckham has recorded every one of those changes.