Narrative Of The Surveying Voyages Of His Majesty’s Ships Adventure And Beagle Between The Years 1826 And 1836,




Henry Colburn, Great Marlborough Street.





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FOUR VOLUMES (with Appendix to Vol. II). FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 6.25 x 9.5 inches. Vol. I, xxviii + [iv] + 597 pp.; Vol. II, xiv + [ii] + 694 + [i] pp. Addenda; Appendix to Volume II, vii + 352 pp.; Volume III, xiv + 615 pp. Rebound in later full calf; spines in compartments with raised bands and contrasting maroon morocco title labels, gilt. Some browning of edges, occasional foxing; otherwise a very good copy. Despite the loss of one plate and the small loss on one or two maps this is a fine opportunity to acquire a very good example of the first edition of one of the most famous books in the world. Illustrated by 48 engraved plates with tissue guards, including 2 frontispieces, one folding chart (lacks the small chart of Santa Cruz, Vol. II, p. 339 which has been replaced by a facsimile). The 7 folding maps in front pockets and by one folded on linen in rear pocket of Vol. I, and by text figures and tables (in Appendix vol.). The Maps have all been neatly repaired along the folds and some have a little loss. The maps were printed on poor paper and are frequently fragile. I can supply photos of these to anyone considering purchase. First edition of the reports of the Admiralty Survey expedition to the Southern Coasts of South America by HMS Adventure and HMS Beagle, which also includes Darwin's own journal, his first published book. Volume I of the Narrative describes the voyage under the command of Phillip Parker King of the Adventure, Commander and Surveyor and Senior Officer of the Expedition, 1826-30. In 1828 Pringle Stokes of the Beagle, Commander and Surveyor, was succeeded as Captain by Robert Fitzroy. Vol. II describes Fitzroy's voyage in the Beagle alone, during which he completed the survey, with Charles Darwin aboard as naturalist. Fitzroy acted as editor for both Vols. I and II. Vol. III consists of Darwin's Journal and Remarks. His voyage in the Beagle transformed the intellectual career of Charles Darwin and hence in the history of biology. As a result he was able to prepare for his life's work, involving his gradual realisation that species were not fixed and immutable since the creation but could change and evolve. (Freeman,10).

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