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
Author: Charles Darwin
Publisher: Ward Lock & Co. Inscription dated 1905.
Condition: Hardcover, leather spine with cloth boards. Gilt to top edge. Noticeable wear and rubbing to leather. Inscription on fly leaf. Marbled endpapers. Minor foxing to fly leaves. Binding tight, text clean.
About the book (from wikipedia):
The Voyage of the Beagle is a title commonly given to the book written by Charles Darwin and published in 1839 as his Journal and Remarks, bringing him considerable fame and respect. The title refers to the second survey expedition of the ship HMS Beagle, which set sail from Plymouth Sound on 27 December 1831 under the command of Captain Robert FitzRoy, R.N..
While the expedition was originally planned to last two years, it lasted almost five—the Beagle did not return until 2 October 1836. Darwin spent most of this time exploring on land (three years and three months on land; 18 months at sea).
The book, also known as Darwin’s Journal of Researches, is a vivid and exciting travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal covering biology, geology, and anthropology that demonstrates Darwin’s keen powers of observation, written at a time when Western Europeans were exploring and charting the whole world. Although Darwin revisited some areas during the expedition, for clarity the chapters of the book are ordered by reference to places and locations rather than by date. Darwin’s notes made during the voyage include comments illustrating his changing views at a time when he was developing his theory of evolution by natural selection and includes some suggestions of his ideas, particularly in the second edition of 1845.
Chapter I: St. Jago–Cape de Verde Islands (St. Paul’s Rocks, Fernando Noronha, 20 Feb.., Bahia, or San Salvador, Brazil, 29 Feb..)
Chapter II: Rio de Janeiro
Chapter III: Maldonado
Chapter IV: Río Negro to Bahía Blanca
Chapter V: Bahía Blanca
Chapter VI: Bahía Blanca to Buenos Ayres
Chapter VII: Buenos Ayres to St. Fe
Chapter VIII: Banda Oriental
Chapter IX: Patagonia
Chapter X: Santa Cruz–Patagonia
Chapter XI: Tierra del Fuego
Chapter XII: The Falkland Islands
Chapter XIII: Strait of Magellan
Chapter XIV: Central Chile
Chapter XV: Chiloe and Chonos Islands
Chapter XVI: Chiloe and Concepcion
Chapter XVII: Passage of Cordillera
Chapter XVIII: Northern Chile and Peru
Chapter XIX: Galapagos Archipelago
Chapter XX: Tahiti and New Zealand
Chapter XXI: Australia (Van Diemen’s Land)
Chapter XXII: Coral Formations (Keeling or Cocos Islands)
Chapter XXIII: Mauritius to England
In the second edition, the Journal of Researches of 1845, chapters VIII and IX were merged into a new chapter VIII on “Banda Oriental and Patagonia”, and chapter IX now included “Santa Cruz, Patagonia and The Falkland Islands”. After chapter X on Tierra del Fuego, chapter XI had the revised heading “Strait of Magellan–Climate of the Southern Coasts”. The following chapters were renumbered accordingly. Chapter XIV was given the revised heading “Chiloe and Concepcion: Great Earthquake”, and chapter XX had the heading “Keeling Island:–Coral Formations”, with the concluding chapter XXI keeping the heading “Mauritius to England”.