Lot 11
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Darwin, Charles, and Philip Parker King and Robert Fitzroy

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  • Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of his majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle. London: Henry Colburn, 1839
  • paper
Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of his Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle. London: Henry Colburn, 1839

4 volumes (volumes 1-3 and appendix to volume 2), 8vo (9 1/8 x 5 3/4 in.; 232 x 145 mm). Half-titles in volumes 1-3, 48 engraved plates of which 1 is a folding map, 8 folding maps in pockets at end of volumes, addenda leaf at end of vol. 2; some marginal spotting and an occasional small marginal dampstain on plates and a few text leaves, tiny fold tears and a few small spots in some maps, two tears in pouch at end of vol. 3. Contemporary three-quarter maroon morocco over russet patterned cloth, gilt-stamped titles on spines; extremities worn, head of spine in vol. 1 chipped.


Freeman 10; Borba de Moraes p.247; Hill p.104; Sabin 37826

Catalogue Note

First edition. The first volume of the Narrative contains Captain King's account of the expedition in the Adventure between 1826 and 1830, which surveyed the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. The second volume and appendix describe the second voyage of the Beagle under Captain Fitzroy between 1831 and 1836, which visited Brazil, Argentina, Tierra de Fuego, Chile, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and other islands and countries. The third volume is Darwin's own account of the voyage of the Beagle. As his first published book it is an outstanding account of natural history exploration which describes the fieldwork ultimately leading to On the Origin of Species.