Journal of Researches

Third Minerva edition of Darwin's travels on the Beagle


Charles Darwin


Ward Lock & Co, London, 1889
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Printing Details

Third Minerva Library edition, hardback bound in the original cloth with gilt titling to spine and printed black titling to upper board. 18.5 × 12cm, xix [1] 369pp + ads.

Full title: 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, R.N.

When HMS Beagle sailed out of Devonport on 27 December 1831, Charles Darwin was twenty-two and setting off on the voyage of a lifetime. His journal, here reprinted in a shortened form, shows a naturalist making patient observations concerning geology, natural history, people, places and events. Volcanoes in the Galapagos, the Gossamer spider of Patagonia and the Australasian coral reefs—all are to be found in these extraordinary writings. The insights made here were to set in motion the intellectual currents that led to the theory of evolution, and the most controversial book of the Victorian age: The Origin of Species.


A reading copy. The binding has been repaired at some point and now the front of the book opens with some resistance. There is a stamp to the title page and half-title from "No 6 Regiment, Maritime Royal Artillery, 5 Feb 1945". The top corner of the half-title has been torn off. The main body of text is, however, in good condition. Some mottling to the boards.

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