DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)
Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries visited during the Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle Round the World
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1846. 2 volumes, 8vo. vii, [1, blank], 351, [1, blank]; 324, 8, 4pp. Publisher's ads in the rear of vol. 2.
Publisher's brown cloth, covers blocked in blind and gilt, spines lettered in gilt
Provenance: Dublin Juvenile & Social Library (early bookplate)
First American edition of Darwin's journal of the voyage of the Beagle.
Darwin's Journal, his own account of the Beagle's voyage and his first published book, is an outstanding account of natural history exploration which described the fieldwork which ultimately led to On the Origin of Species. "The voyage of the Beagle has been by far the most important event in my life, and has determined my whole career ... I have always felt that I owe to the voyage the first real training or education of my mind; I was led to attend closely to several branches of natural history, and thus my powers of observation were improved" (Life and Letters, 1:61). One of the most important records of natural history exploration ever written and the foundation for the study of modern biology.
Freeman 16; Darwin's Century 81 ("the rare first American edition"); Sabin 18647; Henze II, p.18-19.