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Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology
Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology
DARWIN, Charles.
Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology

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of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World. Under the Command of Capt. Fitz Roy. Tenth Thousand.

Published: London John Murray, 1860

Stock Code: 116126

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Second edition, and the final definitive text. The Journal of Researches was first published as volume III of Fitzroy's Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle in 1839, and also issued as an independent volume at the same time. The second edition, extensively revised and reduced from about 224,000 words to 213,000, was first published in 1845 in the scarlet cloth of John Murray's Colonial and Home Library. It was reprinted in the same series in 1852, stated on the title page as a new edition, instead of second, although no changes had been made. The present edition is the next issue of the same second edition, and is the final text as Darwin left it. The parts from the original stereos are the same, but a postscript, dated 1 February 1860, is added to the preliminaries, and it is issued for the first time in a green cloth case of the same style as the first three editions of the Origin. "The page height is nearly two centimetres greater than before and the wider margins give the book a much better appearance." Darwin noted in his autobiography that "the voyage of the Beagle has been by far the most important event in my life and has determined my whole career…As far as I can judge of myself I worked to the utmost during the voyage from the mere pleasure of investigation, and from my strong desire to add a few facts to the great mass of facts in natural science. But I was also ambitious to take a fair place among scientific men…The success of this my first literary child always tickles my vanity more than that of any other books."
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Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine gilt, boards blocked in blind, brown coated endpapers.

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Engravings in the text.

Condition

Front hinge partly split but holding, text block sound, light foxing to contents; an excellent copy in exceptionally bright cloth.

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