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DARWIN, Charles.

Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands...

visited during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle. Together with some brief notices on the geology of Australia and the Cape of Good Hope. Being the second part of the Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. Fitzroy, R.N. during the years 1832 to 1836.

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Published: London Smith, Elder and Co., 1844

Stock Code: 120354

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First edition. This was the second of three "major geological works resulting from the voyage of the Beagle, and contains detailed geological descriptions of locations visited by Darwin... it provides valuable insights into one of the most important scientific voyages ever made" (Cambridge edition 2011). These three works were issued as separate volumes over five years - Coral Reefs (1842), Volcanic Islands (1844), and South America (1846) - however Darwin's intention was always to treat the geology of the Beagle in a single volume, so in 1851 the three parts were issued together, made up from unsold sheets and with a new title page. Freeman states that Volcanic Islands was published in November 1844; he notes the presence of "inserted advertisements Jan. 1844 in some copies" but not dated January 1845, as here. Although well represented institutionally, Volcanic Islands is in commerce decidedly uncommon, particularly in the original cloth.

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Octavo. Original dark purple cloth rebacked with brown roan in the late 19th-century, gilt titles to spine, ornamental blind-stamp to covers, mustard-coloured coated endpapers. Housed in a dark green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Folding map of Ascension Island lithographed by J. Walker after Lieut. Robert Campbell RN and 14 woodcuts in the text.


Slight wear to extremities of binding, a couple of pale marks to front board, a few leaves just nicked at fore edge. A very good copy, with the publisher's 24-page catalogue (dated January 1845).


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