The Hand of Darwin: Metaphysical Notebook M, Inside of Front Cover

The Hand of Darwin: Metaphysical Notebook M, Inside of Front Cover

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Metaphysical Notebook M, Inside of Front Cover

Clandestine Notebook

The special marking of "private" occurs within only two of Charles Darwin's notebooks: Notebooks M and N, his metaphysical notebooks.

(Reprinted with permission of Syndics of Cambridge University Library, DAR 125)

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Charles Darwin Esq
36 Grt. Marlborough Str.—

(p. 64. On insect Ants getting on Table. Col. Sykes)

Private [offset in rectangle]
Finished. Octob. 2d.

This Book full of Metaphysics on Morals & Speculations on Expression—
1838

Selected Dec 16 1856

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has co-authored several books about Charles Darwin, including Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist. He's been researching and teaching Darwin for more than 30 years in Cambridge, England.

is Oxnam Professor Emeritus of Science and Society at Drew University and editor of the Darwin Digital Library of Evolution at the American Museum of Natural History Library.

is a geneticist at Virginia Commonwealth University and an Anglican priest.

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