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DARWIN, Charles; Robert Fitzroy; Philip Parker King.
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle,

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between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe.

Published: London Henry Colburn, 1839

Stock Code: 116016


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First edition, first issue of the Darwin volume, Journal and Remarks 1832–1836, printed before the end of January 1839, the month he was elected to the Royal Society, and so without the letters F.R.S. after his name on the second title. Vol. I contains King's account of the expedition in the Adventure made between 1826 and 1830, surveying the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. In Vol. II (and its appendix) Captain Fitzroy describes the narrative of the Beagle's second voyage, between 1831 and 1836 to South America, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia and other countries. Volume 3 is Darwin's own account of the Beagle's voyage, and his first published book. It is an outstanding account of natural history exploration, describing the fieldwork that ultimately led to the Origin of Species.The five years of the voyage were the most important event in Darwin's intellectual life and in the history of biological science (DSB).

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3 volumes in 4 (vols. IIII and Appendix to vol. II), quarto. Original blue fine-diaper cloth, spines lettered in gilt, sides blocked in blind, cream surface-paper endpapers, edges uncut, imprint Colburn, London in gilt at foot (Freeman variant a).


With 8 folding engraved maps in cover pockets and 48 engraved plates (including two frontispieces and one folding map).


Bookplates to front pastedowns with name neatly obscured; marks where booksellers small ticket removed from rear pastedowns. Vols. I and II neatly rebacked with original spines laid down, extremities rubbed with a few small nicks at spine ends and a few tips, corners bumped, spines sunned, occasional spotting, foxing and browning, still a very good copy.

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