The botanical library at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney
The Daniel Solander library started in 1852 at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. This library collects books and journals on botany and related subjects and also archaeological artefacts, original paintings and illustrations, historic photographs, manuscripts, furniture, tools, maps, plans and charts and other treasures.
One important item conserved at the library is an original 1st edition, 1st printing of the On the Origin of Species
(1859) by Charles Darwin. The book was given to the Director of the Garden at the time, Charles Moore, who corresponded with Darwin and answered multiple questions about the adaptation of British plants to Australia. The book has an inscription and is the only presentation copy in Australia.
Explore more about the history and importance of the botanical library here