Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology
of the countries visited during the voyage of H.M.S. 'Beagle' round the world, under the Command of Capt. FitzRoy. Tenth Thousand.London: John Murray, 1860 Stock Code: 123893
NotesSecond 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 described by Freeman as printed "from stereos of the 1852 edition but with new preliminaries and a postscript on p. vii... The page height is nearly two centimetres greater than before and the wider margins give the book a much better appearance"; it was issued for the first time in a green cloth case of the same style as the first three editions of the Origin.
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".
Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, panelling in blind to sides, brown endpapers.
Engraved illustrations in the text.
Spine ends slightly creased and nicked, bump to head of front cover (skinning the cloth), a few minor marks to covers, inner joints professionally refurbished. A very good, bright copy, with the publisher's 32-page catalogue at end (dated January 1860)
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