Darwin (Charles, <i>editor</i>)
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Darwin (Charles, editor)
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Darwin (Charles, editor)
The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle under the command of Captain Fitzroy, R.N. during the years 1832 to 1836, 5 parts in 3 volumes, 166 plates (3 engraved, the remainder lithographed, 82 hand-coloured), one folding and two double-page plates in part I, errata slip to part II bound in part I, tear repaired in plate 13 part III, some foxing in part V, contemporary calf gilt, upper joint of volume 1 weak, 4to (305 by 235mm.), London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1840-1843


  • FIRST COMPLETE EDITION. This important report on the zoological collections obtained by the members of the Beagle expedition, with several contributions from Darwin himself, is rarely found complete.

    Originally issued in nineteen numbers between February 1838 and October 1843, the work comprises: Part I: Fossil Mammalia by Richard Owen; Part II: Mammalia by George Waterhouse; Part III: Birds by John Gould and George Robert Gray (with assistance from Darwin); Part IV: Fish by Leonard Jenyns; Part V: Reptiles by Thomas Bell. Darwin contributed a geological introduction to Part I and a geographical introduction to Part II, as well as frequent notes elsewhere. The third part contains 50 unsigned hand-coloured plates of birds, executed by Elizabeth Gould from sketches by her husband. This is thought to be the only work where the Goulds were entirely responsible for the lithographs.

    References: Freeman 9; Nissen IVB 384 and ZBI 1391; Norman 586.
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