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. Fitz Roy, R.N.
Darwin's first published book is also his most read and stands second only to "The Origin of Species" as the most printed. Usually referred to today as the "Voyage of the Beagle" it makes for interesting reading as a travel book as well as a scientifc text. Darwin actually spent as little time as possible on board the Beagle; he was miserably sea-sick and preferred extensive expeditions on land. Those excursions allowed him to describe the "savages" of South America, the Great Tortoises of the Galapagos, Australian convicts, and the cruelties of slavery. This printing is the final definitive text with the first appearance of the Postscript on p. vii dated February 1, 1860, in which Darwin corrects a few errors. This is also the first publishing in the green cloth binding in the same style as the first three John Murray editions of "On the Origin of Species." 32 pages of publisher's advertising at rear dated January 1860 show the variety of Murray's published works. Freeman 20.
Publisher: John Murray
Edition: First printing of second edition. Tenth Thousand
Date Published: 1860
Place Published: London
Condition: Very good
Dust Jacket: No
Jacket Condition: n/a
Details: xv, 519, 32 p. 21 cm. 11 b&w wood engravings and diagrams within text. Green cloth hardcover with blank impressing. Spine ends repaired. Corners bumped. Dents in tops of boards. Bookplate, ink signature, and small label on front pastedown and ink notation on rear. Hinges repaired internally. Initials across from title page and ink mark on margin of xiv.