|BC335M||250th Anniversary of the Birth of Charles Darwin Miniature Sheet Cover, unsigned||£20.00||Buy Now|
|BC335MS||250th Anniversary of the Birth of Charles Darwin Miniature Sheet Cover, signed Rebecca Stephens MBE||£30.00||Buy Now|
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Issue Date: 12/02/2009
Issue Name: 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Charles Darwin Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2009 marks both the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection". This lovely cover features a stunning image of he HMS Beagle and has Charles Darwin miniature sheet along with a Cambridge postmark. It is available signed by the first woman to climb Everest, Rebecca Stephens MBE.
Charles Darwin 1809 - 1882
When Charles Darwin set off on HMS Beagle for a five year voyage of discovey, the accepted theory of evolution came from the Bible. Darwin had been deeply interested in natural history since studying medicine at Edinburgh and theology at Cambridge. As he travelled he became fascinated by the variety of plant and animal life and fossils he found. He came to the conclusion that species could change and develop through time into a different species. On his return he published The Voyage of the Beagle, which caught popular imagination and he became a famous author.
His 1859 book On the Origin of Species established evolution by common descent as the dominant scientific explanatin of diversification in nature. He examined human evolution and sexual selection in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, followed by The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. His research on plants was published in a series of books, and in his final book, he examined earthworms and their effects on soil.
In recognition of Darwin's pre-eminence, he was one of only five 19th century UK non royal personages to be honoured by a state funeral. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.
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Rebecca Stephens MBE is a British mountaineer, writer, motivational speaker and leadership coach. She was the first British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and the first British Woman to climb the Seven Summits.
Sir William Robert Patrick "Robin" Knox-Johnston, CBE, RD and bar is an British sailor. In 1969, he became the first person to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe