London: Henry Colburn, 1839.
First edition. xxviii, , 597; xiv, , 694, ; xiv, 615; viii, 352 pp. including half titles in three primary volumes plus forty-six plates (including two frontispieces), one plan, and nine folding maps and charts. 4 vols. 8vo. Darwin’s First Book. Bound in period half dark green morocco and marbled boards, spines gilt, t.e.g. Repaired tear on half-title of vol. I, maps backed with japanese tissue. Bound without publisher's ads at end of appendix volume, which are often lacking. Fine Hill 607; Freeman 10, pp. 31-39; Borba de Moraes, p. 247; Sabin 37826. Item #317725
The account of the Beagle's two voyages, edited by Robert Fitzroy, who served as commander of both voyages. Volume three of this work represents the first edition of Darwin's account of the voyage which provided the basis for his work on the origin of species, found here in its second issue entitled JOURNAL OF RESEARCHES INTO THE GEOLOGY AND NATURAL HISTORY OF THE VARIOUS COUNTRIES VISITED BY H.M.S. BEAGLE. "The third volume contains Darwin's account of the voyage, now famous as the genesis of his theory of evolutionary biology. The demand for Darwin's JOURNAL immediately exceeded that for the companion volumes of the NARRATIVE. Colburn therefore brought out a separate edition of it in the same year" - Hill. Freeman notes that Darwin's "first published book is undoubtedly the most often read and stands second only to ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES as the most often printed. It is an important travel book in its own right and its relation to the background of his evolutionary ideas has often been stressed." The first volume contains Captain King's account of the first coastal surveys of Patagonia and Terra del Fuego, produced on the first expedition between 1826 and 1830. The other volumes comprise the account of the second voyage of the Beagle. Between 1831 and 1836, the ship visited Brazil, Argentina, Terra del Fuego, Chile, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia. The appendix to the second volume, bound here as the fourth volume of this set, includes a meteorological journal, official instructions, correspondence, and notes. Four of the six plates in the appendix volume consist of sixteen separate illustrations of various cloud formations. A fine, attractive set of a landmark of scientific exploration, one of the most important Pacific voyages, and Darwin's first substantial book publication.
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