Book Used by the Wright Family, "The Principal Works of Charles Darwin," 1886

Summary

Bishop Milton Wright maintained an extensive library in his Dayton, Ohio, home. His books ranged from scientific works like Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, to poems by Virgil, to novels by Mark Twain. Wright's sons, Wilbur and Orville, used the bishop's books on physics and ornithology to start their research on the problem of human flight.

Bishop Milton Wright maintained an extensive library in his Dayton, Ohio, home. His books ranged from scientific works like Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, to poems by Virgil, to novels by Mark Twain. Wright's sons, Wilbur and Orville, used the bishop's books on physics and ornithology to start their research on the problem of human flight.

Artifact

Book

Date Made

1886

Creators

Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 

Alden, John B. (John Berry), 1847-1924 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Written by Charles Darwin and published by John B. Alden, New York, New York.

Collection Title

Wright Brothers Collection 

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Wright Home

Object ID

38.792.53

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Orville Wright.

Material

Canvas
Cardboard
Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)
Bookbinding (Process)

Color

Green
Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 9.25 in

Width: 6.25 in

Inscriptions

On spine: DARWIN'S/ SELECT / WORKS. / ORIGIN OF SPECIES / DESCENT OF MAN

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