London: John Murray, (1839. first edition). Octavo, two folding maps, four text illustrations. Modern blue half morocco by Bayntun, top edge gilt, the maps with some oxidation otherwise the contents crisp and clean.
Charles Darwin's first book. "His first published book is undoubtably the most often read and stands only to 'On the origin of species' as the most often printed. It is an important travel book in its own right and its relation to the background of his evolutionary ideas has often been stressed" (Freeman p. 31).
This separate edition, printed from the same sheets as Volume three (titled 'Journal and Remarks') of the four volume (with the volume two appendix making four volumes) Robert Fitzroy's 'Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle', has the fuller title 'Journal of researches into the geology and natural history ...'. The 1845 second edition transposes 'geology' and 'natural history'. For this edition the preliminaries pp. [1-v] were cancelled and pp. [v-vi] were discarded.
Price: $25,000.00 AU