DARWIN, Charles.

Journal of Researches into the Geology and Natural History

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

London: John Murray, 1873 Stock Code: 139482

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Second edition, later issue, "twelfth thousand", 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 a later 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.

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 careerAs 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 menThe success of this my first literary child always tickles my vanity more than that of any other books."

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Octavo (188 x 129 mm). Contemporary tree calf by Bickers & Son, sometime rebacked to style, red morocco label, titles to spine in gilt, five raised bands tooled in gilt, each compartment richly decorated in gilt, scrolling foliate frame to covers in gilt, marbled sides and endpapers.


Ownership inscription to front pastedown. A very good copy, some light scuffing to extremities and joints, front binder's blank loose but holding, a square and firm binding, internally clean.


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