BEEBE, William Charles (1877-1962)
Galapagos: World's End
New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1924. Quarto. (11 1/4 x 8 inches). Photogravure portrait of Beebe by N. C. Owen, 9 tipped-in colored plates by Isabel Cooper and 82 illustrations, including photographs mostly by John Tee-Van.
Publisher's white cloth, lettered in gilt. Publisher's grey cloth dust jacket.
First edition. The Author's Autograph Edition: one of 100 numbered copies signed by Beebe.
Beebe's record of a 1923 expedition to Galapagos, sponsored by Harrison Williams, to collect specimens for various museums and zoos, as well as to conduct scientific research. "This book is in no way intended as a technical contribution to our present knowledge of the fauna and flora of the Galapagos Archipelago. It is a record of spontaneous observation, a crystallization of the more obvious and characteristic impressions of the land and the sea, of birds, reptiles, fish and insects, whose forms and colours and personalities made us wish that every one of the six thousand minutes of our stay could be lengthened to hours or days" (Preface).