De Beer Collection
The De Beer Collection comprises books from the library of Sir Gavin de Beer (1899-1972), Professor of Embryology at UCL and Director of the Natural History Museum. The collection contains a complete set of Darwin's publications from the first edition of 'On the origin of species' onwards, all in their original binding. The collection also contains works about Darwin and evolution.
- Number of items: 485
- Date range: 19th to 20th centuries
- Catalogued: a list of the books in the De Beer Collection can be obtained from the Library catalogue.
Sir Gavin de Beer's papers, 1917-1947, are held in the College Archives.
Image from Georges Louis Leclerc, comte of Buffon. Oeuvres complètes de Buffon. Paris: Pourrat frères, 1839 [Gavin De Beer Collection QH45 BUF]