London: Henry Colburn, 1839. 3 vols. in 4 (vol. 2 having a separate appendix), 8vo, xxviii, [iv], -559, 556-597 pp. with 17 engraved plates and 3 folding maps; xiv,  -694,  pp. with 25 engraved plates and 2 folding maps; viii, 352 pp. with 6 engraved plates and 2 folding maps; [iii]-xiv, 629, , -615 pp. with 2 folding maps. In total 9 folding maps (all now bound in) and 48 plates and charts. A very good copy with minimal wear and a few repaired tears to the folding maps, rebound sympathetically and well in half speckled calf and marbled boards, backstrips elaborately gilt with morocco labels and raised bands, in two slipcases. First edition, first issue of the account of the most famous voyage in the history biological science. Volume III is the first issue of Darwin's Journal, his first published book, containing the observations and fieldwork that would form the basis for On 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. Darwin sailed with no formal scientific training. He returned a hard-headed man of science, knowing the importance of evidence, almost convinced that species had not always been as they were since the creation but had undergone change... (DSB III, 566). Darwin's Journal, "is one of the most interesting records of natural history exploration ever written and is one of the most important, for it was on this voyage that Darwin prepared for his lifework, ultimately leading to The Origin of Species" (Hill 104-5). Vol.1 contains Captain King's account of the first voyage, which surveyed the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego; Vol 2., with the appendix, contains Captain Fitzroy's account of the second voyage of the Beagle which visited Brazil, Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, Chile, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia among other islands and countries. A beautiful copy of these incomparably important books.
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