Journal of Researches

1882, Darwin's travels on the H.M.S. Beagle


Charles Darwin


John Murray, London, 1882
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Printing Details

Second Edition, (fifteenth thousand). Hardback, bound in the original green cloth with gilt titling to spine. Brown endpapers and pastedowns. 19.5 × 12.5cm, × + 519pp, 32pp publisher's ads.

Full title: A Naturalist's Voyage. 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 very good copy. There is light rubbing to the corners and minor bumping to the spine ends. There is light spotted foxing to the prelims but the main body of text is in good, clean condition. Surface wear to the front hinge but the book remains securely bound. A few pages uncut (ie unopened). Previous owner's inscription to ffep, "Henry Wheeler from C.J.D. 7/3/83". Overall, a decent copy.

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