Darwin’s library now available online

Books that Charles Darwin had with him during the five journeys that he spent at sea aboard the HMS Beagle are now reconstructed and available online. Darwin’s collection comprised more than 1,95,000 pages and covered a range of topics. Moreover, he took both fiction and non-fiction to occupy his mind on his travels, including history books, geological studies and atlases joined by literature.

The geologist was also a multilingual person, so the books that he brought were written in varying languages. 125 of the books in the collection were in English, 38 were in French, nine were in Spanish, seven were in German, one was in Latin, and one was in Greek.

Researchers at the University of Singapore, gathered, transcribed and uploaded the library on Darwin’s website called Darwin Online, where the users can search through the catalog to find particular topic.

The illustrations in the collection appeared to be very interesting as both science and fantasy seem to be represented in them, with geological diagrams of mountains and animal skeletons included alongside inaccurate maps and portraits of 18th century tribals.