Senior Lecturer at the National University of Singapore, Professor John van Wyhe closely investigates an autographed leaf from Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859).
By the dawn of the 19th century, new understandings of astronomy and geology were becoming a part of popular discourse. Despite this, science itself had yet to produce its own theory of creation. Through On the Origin of Species, however, Charles Darwin had written what is now considered a new Book of Genesis. Liberated by science, man’s reach was suddenly boundless.
This page of the manuscript among other documents will be offered in Sotheby’s Age of Wonder auction on 25 November in New York.