Journal of Researches
into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle, under the command of Captain Fitzroy, R.N. from 1832 to 1836.London: Henry Colburn, 1839 Stock Code: 130580
The Voyage of the BeagleFirst separate edition, printed from the same sheets as Volume III of Fitzroy's Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, but with prelims i-iv cancelled and v-vi discarded. "His 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" (Freeman).
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."
Provenance: with the engraved book label of Percy Scawen Wyndham (1835-1911), the British soldier, art connoisseur and Conservative politician, who was one of the original members of the informal group of English politicians and intellectuals known as the Souls. Wyndham built Clouds House at East Knoyle, Wiltshire. He commissioned the now-famous painting of his daughters, The Wyndham Sisters, by John Singer Sargent.
Octavo (225 x 140 mm). Nineteenth-century green half calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label, spot marbled sides, endpapers, and edges. Housed in a green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.
2 folding engraved maps, 4 woodcuts in the text.
Extremities lightly rubbed with just a tear of wear at tips, internally clean and fresh, an excellent copy.
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