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Filename: K030651.jpg

Size: 3457 x 5262 (18.6MB)

Date: 24th May 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Das Kapital K030651

DOWN HOUSE, Downe, Kent. Frontispiece of Darwins copy of " Das Kapital " with a dedication from Karl Marx

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This striking image captures the frontispiece of Charles Darwin's personal copy of Karl Marx's seminal work, "Das Kapital" (Volume 1), now held in the collections of Historic England. The photograph, taken at Down House in Kent, where Darwin lived and wrote some of his most influential works, offers a unique glimpse into the intellectual connections between two of history's most influential thinkers. Darwin, renowned for his groundbreaking theories in biology, and Marx, the father of modern communism, may at first seem an unlikely pair. However, their ideas intersected in intriguing ways. Both men were deeply concerned with the natural world and the forces that shaped it, be it the evolution of species or the evolution of societies. Marx inscribed this copy of "Das Kapital" to Darwin on December 15, 1883, expressing his admiration for Darwin's work and acknowledging the influence it had on his own ideas. The inscription reads, "To Charles Darwin Esq. / With the homage of the most profound respect and admiration / K. Marx." This precious artifact not only highlights the intellectual exchange between these two giants of thought but also underscores the enduring relevance of their ideas. The interconnectedness of science, politics, and social theory continues to shape our understanding of the world around us and the societies we build. Down House, with its rich history and connections to influential figures like Darwin and Marx, stands as a testament to the power of ideas and the enduring impact they can have on future generations. This photograph serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving our historical and intellectual heritage for future study and inspiration.

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