Charles Darwin's Beagle library
Year Published: 2014 First Published: 1831
The voyage of the Beagle (1831-1836) was one of the most important scientific expeditions in history. On board was the young naturalist Charles Darwin. His investigations would change science and the world forever. As a research vessel HMS Beagle may not have had the internet, but she did have an impressive state-of-the-art library of about 400 volumes. The library was housed in book cases in the poop cabin at the stern of the ship, which was also Darwin's cabin. Thus, Darwin lived and worked in the Beagle library for five years. The collection of books that kept Darwin company has now been made publicly avaiable at the Darwin Online Beagle Library project.