Charles Darwin's Works

Voyage of the Beagle Writings
Writings on Evolution
Writings on Barnacles, Plants, and Worms
Letters and Autobiography
Notebooks and Drafts

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Voyage of the Beagle Writings

[1835] Extracts from letters from C. Darwin to Professor Henslow, read at a meeting of the Cambridge Philosophical Society on Nov. 6, 1835 and printed for private distribution among members of the society, 32pp.

[1838-43, ed.] The Zoology of the Voyage of H. M. S. Beagle, under the Command of Captain Fitzroy, R. N., during the years 1832-1836, edited and superintended by Charles Darwin (London: Smith Elder and Co., issued in parts, 1838-43)

[1839] Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of Countries visited during the Voyage of H. M. S. Beagle. (1st ed: London: Henry Colburn, 1839, published as vol. 3 of Robert Fitzroy (ed.), Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, 1832-36; 2nd ed: London: John Murray, 1845) [Note: The first edition title reads "... Geology and Natural History .... "; the order of the terms is reversed in the second edition, reflecting the greater importance that Darwin then accorded natural history as compared with geology.]

[1842] The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs, being the first part of the Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle (1st ed: London: Smith Elder and Co., 1842; 2nd ed. 1874)

[1844] Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands and parts of South America, being the second part of the Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle (1st ed: London: Smith Elder and Co., 1844, 2nd ed: 1876)

[1846] Geological Observations on South America, being the third part of Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle (London: Smith Elder and Co., 1846]

[1851] Geological Observations on Coral Reefs, Volcanic Islands, and on South America (London: Smith Elder and Co., 1851) [This consists of 1844, 1846, 1851 in one volume]

(1933) Charles Darwin's Diary of the Voyage of H. M. S. "Beagle", edited from the MS by Nora Barlow (Cambridge: at the University Press) [Note: This is a reproduction of the notes that Darwin took during his voyage, and which he used as a basis for his Journal of Researches (1839, above). According to the editor, 1/3 of the manuscript was not included in the Journal, which included more than 1/3 of additional material not in the original manuscript.]

Writings on Evolution

[1858] "On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties, and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection, by Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace", in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoologyy, III (9): 45-62; reprinted in Evolution by Natural Selection, ed. Gavin de Beer (Cambridge: at the University Press, 1958) [Consists of an extract from Darwin's Essay of 1844 where Darwin sketches out the theory of natural selection, an abstract of a letter by Darwin in October 1857 to Asa Gray at Harvard on the same topic, and the paper, "On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Infinitely from the Original Type" written by Alfred Russel Wallace in February 1858, in which Wallace independently formulated the theory of natural selection.

[1859] On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection; or, The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. 2 vols. (1st ed: London, John Murray, 1859; 2nd ed: 1860; 3rd ed: 1861; 4th ed: 1866; 5th ed: 1869; 6th ed: 1872) [The title becomes The Origin of Species.... with the term "On" dropped, as of the 6th and final edition]

[1868] The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, 2 vols. [London: John Murray, 1868; 2nd ed: 1875)

[1871] Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, 2 vols. (London: John Murray, 1871; 2nd ed: 1874; rev. ed: 1877)

[1872] The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals (London: John Murray, 1872)

Writings on Barnacles, Plants, and Worms

[1851] A monograph on the Fossil Lepadidae, or, pedunculated Cirripedes of Great Britain. (London : Palaeontographical Society, 1851)

[1854] A monograph on the Fossil Balanidae and Verrucidae of Great Britain (London: Palaeontographical Society, 1854)

[1851, 1854] A monograph on the sub-class Cirripedia with Figures of all the Species. 2 vols. (London, Ray society, 1851 1854)

[1862] The Various Contrivances by which Orchids are Fertilized by Insects. (London: Jon Murray, 1862, originally titled "On the Various Contrivances by which British and Foreign Orchids are Fertilized by Insects, and on the Good Effects of Intercrossing; 2nd ed: 1877)

[1865] Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants (1st ed., 1865 appeared in Journal of the Linnean Society of London; 2nd ed., London: John Murray, 1875)

[1872] Insectivorous Plants (London: John Murray, 1872)

[1876] The Effects of Cross and Self Fertilisation in the Vegetable Kingdom (London: John Murray, 1876; 2nd ed: 1878)

[1877] Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the same Species (London: John Murray, 1877; 2nd ed: 1880)

[1880] The Power of Movement in Plants. By Charles Darwin, assisted by Francis Darwin (London: John Murray, 1880)

[1881] The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Worms with Observations on their Habits (London: John Murray, 1881)

Life and Letters, Autobiography

[1887] The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, including an Autobiographical Chapter, ed. Francis Darwin (London: John Murray, 3 vols.)

(1903) More Letters of Charles Darwin. A Record of his Work in a Series of Hitherto Unpublished Letters, ed. Francis Darwin and A. C. Seward (London: John Murray, 2 vols. )

(1958) The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809-1882. With Original Omissions Restored. ed. Nora Barlow (London: Collins)

Notebooks, Drafts, and Papers

[1836-44] Charles Darwin's Notebooks, 1836-1844. Geology, Transmutation of Species, Metaphysical Enquiries, transcribed and ed.: Paul H. Barrett, Peter J. Gautrey, Sandra Herbert, David Kohn, Sydney Smith (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press for British Museum (Natural History), 1987); see also Metaphysics, Materialism and the Evolution of Mind, transcribed and annotated by Paul H. Barrett (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1974) for the "metaphysical" notebooks and selections from the others.

[1842, 1844] Sketch of 1842 and Essay of 1844, in The Foundations of the Origin of Species. Two Sketches Written in 1842 and 1844, ed. Francis Darwin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1909); reprinted in Evolution by Natural Selection, ed. Gavin de Beer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1959)

[1850's} Natural Selection, ed. R. C. Stauffer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979)

(1977) The Collected Papers of Charles Darwin ed. Paul H. Barrett, 2 vols. in one (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) [contains Darwin's published papers, along with some extracts from letters, dating from 1835 to 1881)

Prepared by David Blitz
March, 1996, based on:

Freeman, R. B. (1965) The Works of Charles Darwin: An Annotated Bibliographic Handlist (London: Dawsons of Pall Mall)