From the exhibition brochure:
An exhibition of rare books, manuscripts, images and scientific specmens [sic] drawn from the collections of UC Berkeley's libraries and museums
THE BANCROFT LIBRARY GALLERY
August 13-December 23, 2009
UC Berkeley has one of the most magnificent library collections, and the greatest natural history museums, of any university in the world. So it seemed only fitting to honor the greatest biologist of all time, Charles Darwin, with an exhibition of rare books and images from Bancroft and other UC libraries. These are complemented by a selection of artifacts and natural history specimens from the Museum of Paleontology, the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, the University and Jepson Herbaria, the Essig Museum of Entomology, and the Hearst Museum of Anthropology.
The occasion for honoring Darwin, of course, is the 200th anniversary of his birth on February 12, 1809, and the 150th anniversary of his great work, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, published on November 24, 1859, in London by John Murray. But this exhibition is not just about the Origin. It also encompasses the books that influenced Darwin in developing his great ideas, including the narratives of great explorers, the natural histories of Britain and elsewhere, and the treatises on geology and classification. It also celebrates the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle not only with published accounts from the voyage, but with specimens of plants, animals, and fossils just like those that Darwin collected--topped off with a scale-model of the vessel herself.