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A book for both Design & Darwin fans. A unique edition of the evolutionary changes made to one of the most important books ever written

THE BOOK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. Be part of a unique edition to one of the greatest and most important books ever to influence science and religion.

Mock-up of the book
Mock-up of the book

A typographic edition of Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species" showing all the evolutionary changes made to the book over the last 154 years.

Project update

The possibility of producing the full complete book of On the origin of the species with an over lapping semi transparent page showing all the edits and changes made to that page. This would create a completely new reading experience where the complete story and the evolutionary changes are combined and can be easily compared. All in to one book!

Again I am really excited about this. Following on from all of your great comments and feedback, I have spent the last couple of days looking into the possibility of producing such a book. It seems that this possibility could become reality thanks to all the support so far.

However before we can get too carried away with this. There are a few things that I need to double check first.

—Firstly I need to make sure that reproducing the full text from the sixth edition is not going to infringe on any existing copyright that might be in place.

—How I am actually going to design a book that contains another 420 pages. Also finding the right type of semi-transparent paper that would show the edited text on top but also allow the full printed text on the page below to show through.

—I would have to consider having to look at adding a stretch goal to factor in the extra paper costs, postage rates etc. From my initial research in to production costs etc. I think a stretch goal of £21k would have to be met. I know it seems quite a leap but you would be getting twice the book!

"Graphic designer Simon Phillipson has turned to crowdfunding through Kickstarter, taking a new twist on the historic book. No matter the age, there is a lot to take away from this novel!" The Crowdfund Mafia  

"Survival of the fittest"

Charles Darwin as you may know set sail on the 27th of December 1831 on a 5 year voyage travelling around the world exploring and documenting the variety and adaptation seen in animals and nature. It was this famous journey that led Darwin to establish one of the most important scientific discoveries. The theory on Natural Selection. A controversial idea on evolution that shook both the scientific and religious communities. 

However writing the book for Darwin was not easy. In his struggle he rewrote the book over six times during his lifetime, incorporating numerous corrections as well as responding to his own worries regarding religious persecution and social shame.

And this is where this book comes in! 

This book is a new and unique artist's edition that isn’t read like the normal book. In the soft-bound 420+ page book you only see the punctuation marks, words, sentences and paragraphs that has been lost or edited over the last 154 years. The design, typography and layout is an exact replica of the original letter-pressed edition from 1902.

Dummy spread of the complete book
Dummy spread of the complete book

What you read and see in the book

This is a fascinating way to explore all the content that Darwin rewrote which you would never have known existed. It really is amazing how much of Darwin’s text has been edited or lost over the years! 

One of the interesting things to consider when reading "The Origin of Species" is how the text evolves throughout the six editions. These evolutionary changes are a result of Darwin’s own debate with his peers and critics, reworking on his own theory, changing ideas and to make the text to be more or less objective in places. Lastly not to forget to mention the influence from his own religious beliefs.

Close up of altered text in the original 32 page hand bound artists edition.
Close up of altered text in the original 32 page hand bound artists edition.

Some examples of the changes made to the texts

As you can note from the pictures above. You see only the words and sentences that have disappeared or been altered over the years. This creates a visually interesting book whilst at the same time telling an amazing hidden story. All set from the original Victorian letter-pressed typesetting of the copy from 1902. 

Another close up example of the book text
Another close up example of the book text

So what’s special about this book for Darwin fans?

As a backer you will receive a completely unique book both in its research and content but also a compelling typographic visual reading experience. 

Through exploring the book, you will come across the evolutionary changes made to a book that had such an impact on our understanding of humanity, science and religion. Everything that you read on each page, whether it be text or punctuation is what has been edited or removed since Darwin’s original version first published in 1859.

And for Design and typography fans?

A beautifully crafted typographic visual exploration based on the original Victorian letter-pressed editions of the book. A unique book that has been exhibited in galleries and written about in several art magazines. 

  • The full 420+ page book will be carefully designed and professionally typeset to match the original Victorian edition.
  • The 32 page hand bound edition is printed on Italian Fabriano Bio Prima Paper. A lightweight off-white paper especially picked to slightly show the printed text on the page below. The book is hand stitched with Fluorescent Pink thread to add subtle burst of colour to create a contemporary publication
  • Each book in the Folio subscription will be produced using the same methods as the 32 page hand bound editon.  


About the project and how you can help!

Front cover of the original 32 page hand-bound artists book
Front cover of the original 32 page hand-bound artists book

This project started a few years ago whilst I was studying for a Graphic Design degree in London. I researched and completed the first chapter of the book and created a 32-page hand bound edition (a signed edition of 85). The book received a lot of good feedback and written about in art magazines in the Netherlands and the UK. It has also exhibited in London. 

I am currently researching and typesetting the remaining 14 chapters to create a complete version of the 420+ (I estimate a complete book of 452 pages) page book. 

I am really excited about this project and can't wait to see the finished results. The process of reading several books at the same time is very time consuming (not forgetting to mention also very painful!). To produce the whole 420+ page book will be a long (but very worthwhile!) process. I expect the book to be completed and published and ready to be posted by December 2013 . However If the support and demand is high then this would hopefully allow me to complete the project sooner!

How will the money be used?

The money raised through Kickstarter will be directly applied to the creation and printing of the full 420+ book (the final page count is still not confirmed). 

  • The first part of the money raised will be spent on researching the remaining chapters of the book The funding will allow me the time to complete the remaining research and also to design the book. 
  • The second part of the money will be spent on the book production. This is where most of the money will be spent. A 420+ page book is quite a hefty book! N.B If this project funding exceeds the funding goal then I will use this extra money to create an even better book! Using embossings, better paper stocks and printing technics etc.
  • The last part of the funding will be spent on postage and packing the book. 


The rewards!

Reward 1.  Thank you! 

You're a backer! Your help and support will allow me to complete the painstaking research and produce the whole 420+ page soft-bound book. I will personally send updates and more information keeping you up to date as the project progresses via an E-Newsletter!

Timeline

— June Kickstarter launch

Mid July Kickstarter campaign finishes and the researching of the book begins. The 32 page hand bound edition of the first edition is posted to the relevant backers. The folio backers will also start to receive each chapter once the research has been completed

November 2013 Research and design of the full book is complete. The book is sent out to the printers

December 2013 The final books are ready to sent out to all the backers! Just in time for Christmas!

We are funded! Thanks for all the support!

This kickstarter project has had an incredible response and again I would like to thank all the backers for being a part of this book. Seeing as we have exceeded the funding goal I would like to ask everyone involved so far how they would like this project to grow. I would like to use this extra money to create an even better book! Perhaps using embossings, better paper stocks and printing technics etc.

So please get in touch with any ideas!

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that,  whilst this planet has gone circling on according to the fixed law of gravity,  from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been,  and are being evolved.” ― Charles Darwin

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As a Graphic Designer I am used to handling printers and dealing with larger print runs so I am confident that this book will be produced and finished to the highest of standards. I want to make this book really special!

My biggest challenge would be to raise the funds needed and handling the distribution aspect however I am lucky enough to have some friends who can advise me on how to handle this so we can get the books and rewards sent out to you in the best and quickest way possible!

This project initially started as a design project, and I would like to point out that I will paying a lot of attention to the detail of the book to make this project as great as it can be, However I cannot completely guarantee 100% its "scientific" accuracy and would like to consider this book as a new visual reading experience to such an significant and influential book.

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    Signed copy of the first chapter of "The Origin of Species” Artist's edition You will receive a copy of original 32 page hand-bound edition of the first chapter that was produced in 2010. These books are strictly limited to an edition of 85 books. They are numbered and signed and ready to be posted now. I will also keep you posted with the progress and other updates via an e-newsletter!

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    SECOND EDITION Released to reach stretch goal. Re-released Folio subscription! A unnumbered Second edition (but signed). If you would also like to receive a hand-made edition of each of the 15 chapters as they are researched and made plus the complete 420+ page soft-bound book once the project is completed I will produce a hand bound edition of each of the 15 chapters once the research for that chapter is completed. This is a bit like a subscription your favourite magazine. An unlimited second edition will form together to create a complete folio of 15 chapters. Each of the chapter books will be produced like the original 32 page edition in the pictures you see above. As the project is completed you will also receive the complete soft-bound version and of course I will also keep you posted with the progress and other updates via an e-newsletter.

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    The Complete Folio subscription! Receive a hand-made edition of each of the 15 chapters as they are researched and made plus the complete 420+ page soft-bound book once the project is completed I will produce a hand bound edition of each of the 15 chapters once the research for that chapter is completed. This is a bit like a subscription your favourite magazine. This will be strictly limited to 20 editions and will form together to create a complete folio of 15 chapters. Each of the chapter books will be produced like the original 32 page edition in the pictures you see above. As the project is completed you will also receive the complete soft-bound version and of course I will also keep you posted with the progress and other updates via an e-newsletter.

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