Erasmus Darwin Bibliography

The Botanic Garden 1789
Including engravings by Blake, Fuseli and others, The Botanic Garden consisted of two parts, "The Economy of Vegetation", and "The Loves of the Plants". The poem was published by the radical publisher Joseph Johnson
Zoonomia, or the Laws of Organic Life 1794
Published between 1794 and 1796, Zoonomia anticipated some of the evolutionary theories of Jean Baptiste Lamarck. Darwin was the first to propose a theory of the development of life free from the hand of a Creator: "would it be too bold to imagine perhaps millions of ages before the commencement of the history of mankind . . . that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament, which THE FIRST CREAT CAUSE endowed with animality, with the power of acquiring new parts, attended with new propensities . . . delivering down those improvements by generation to its posterity, world without end?"