DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882; ROBERT FITZROY. 1805-1965; & PHILIP PARKER KING. 1793-1856.
A Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle ... describing their examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe. London: Henry Colburn, 1839. 4 volumes (including Appendix to Vol II). 47 engraved plates and views including 2 charts; 9 folding maps (8 loose in map sleeves on inside covers and 1 bound in). Half-titles in all but Appendix vol. 8vo (232 x 143 mm). Original blindstamped blue cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Folding maps with mild toning and tiny splits at folds; some sunning to cloth, vols 1 & 3 with joints cracked and slight repair at spines and light chipping to spine ends, dampstain to upper cover of vol 2, unobtrusive evidence of removed bookplates, overall still a fresh copy, internally fine and partially unopened.
First edition, first issue of Darwin's first published book. Volume 3 comprises the 23-year old Darwin's journal of his voyage on the Beagle, probably the most famous voyage of modern science. Darwin's investigations, notably in the Galapagos, provided the genesis of his theory of evolution (Hill, p 394). Freeman 10; Sabin 37826.