JOURNAL OF RESEARCHES into the NATURAL HISTORY AND GEOLOGY of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World OF HMS Beagle, Under the Command of Captain Fitz Roy..
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(New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1884), AN IMPORTANT WORK IN THE DARWIN OEUVRE. One of Darwin's earliest works. Even without publication of his works on evolution, he would have had a considerable reputation as the author of The Voyage of the Beagle. While 'The Origin of Species' dominates perceptions of his work, this is an important travel book in its own right and its relation to the background of his evolutionary ideas has often been stressed....(Freeman). "Of the great exploratory voyages, 'a most important place is taken by the voyage of the 'Beagle' in 1831-1834.... Darwin's name is so associated with the evolutionary idea through which he profoundly influenced scientific, philosophical, political, religious, and ethical thought, that certain of his other claims are often forgotten. To appreciate his distinction, it is necessary to recall that, had he never written on evolution, he would still stand in the front rank among naturalists, and would have to be included in any history of science. Thus even during the voyage in the 'Beagle' he reached conclusions that modified and extended the fundamental working principles of geology and geophysics." - Singer. During the voyage, Darwin suffered severely from seasickness. In a letter to his sister Caroline he wrote, " I continue to suffer so much from sea-sickness, that nothing, not even geology itself can make up for the misery ..." (Bowlby, p.164). With illustrations as called for. 8vo, publisher's original sienna cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and decorated in black on the upper cover and in blind on the lower cover. x, 519, 9 ads. pp. A very fine copy, clean and pleasing indeed, handsome and very well preserved.