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London, John Murray, 1882.. Second edition 1882, fifteenth thousand, 8vo, approximately 195 x 115 mm, 7¾ x 4½ inches, some wood engraved illustrations and diagrams in the text, pages: x, 519 including index, plus 32 page catalogue dated January 1882, bound in the original publisher's zigzag pattern dark green cloth, blind stamped border to covers, gilt decoration and gilt lettering to spine, original mid brown endpapers. A touch of wear at tail of spine, tiny dent in middle of spine, top corner of upper cover very slightly bumped, hinges inside covers intact, light browning to reverse of endpapers and second blank front endpaper, faint browning to title page and Contents table, no inscriptions, text pages bright and clean throughout, small pale brown stain on first page of catalogue at rear, no loss of legibility. A very good plus copy. This is Darwin's first published book and is the most often read and stands second only to The Origin of Species as the most often printed. Referred to universally today as the Voyage of the Beagle, it is an important travel book in its own right and its relation to the background of Darwin's evolutionary ideas has often been stressed. See Freeman, The Works of Charles Darwin, pages 31-36 and No. 38. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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