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The Zoology of the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle, during the years 1832-1836. Edited by Charles Darwin.
Wellington, New Zealand:: Nova Pacifica, 1980.. Three volumes. 4to. [vol. I]: 28, [4], iv, iv, 111, [1]; [iii]-ix, [3], v, [5], 97, [1];[vol. II]: 5, [9], ii, (3)-156, [8]; [vol. III]: 5, [1], xv, [1], 172; [2], vi, 51, [1] pp. Fossils: XXXII plates (some folding); Mammalia: 35 plates (incl. 32 in color); Birds: 50 color plates, Fish: 29 plates; Reptiles: 20 plates. Original deluxe navy blue quarter gilt-stamped morocco with mauve cloth covered boards, tan spine labels, marbled endleaves, limitation label on front pastedown. Facsimile reprint of first edition published London: Smith, Elder, 1839-1843. Fine. Limited edition of 750 numbered copies, being a facsimile of one of the rarest and most valuable of Darwin's works, along with important contributions from other leading authorities of the time: Thomas Bell (1792-1880), the noted British zoologist who described the reptiles Darwin collected on the voyage, John Gould (1804-1881), the foremost British ornithologist and artist also gave authority to the bird specimens Darwin collected, Leonard Jenyns (1800-1893) was the first person asked to be the naturalist on the Beagle voyage – he turned it down but suggested Darwin's name, Richard Owen (1804-1892), also world renowned for his work on fossils, and George R. Waterhouse (1810-1888), keeper at the department of geology at the British Museum and became curator of the Zoological Society of London's museum: “The work was begun in 1844 was done slowly as the original French publisher M. Hippolyte Baillière was unable to take it up. The two volumes covered the Marsupials and the rodents. The famous Archaeopteryx specimen was acquired when he was curator. Amongst the numerous species he described are the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), and the Syrian or golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus).” – Henwood, Chris. “The Discovery of the Syrian (Golden) Hamster, Mesocricetus auratus”. British Hamster Association, Spring 1992. ¶ Contents: Volume I. Part I: Fossil Mammalia, by Richard Owen. Part II: Mammalia, by George R. Waterhouse -- vol. II. Part III: Birds, by John Gould -- vol. III. Part IV: Fish, by Leonard Jenyns. Part V: Reptiles, by Thomas Bell.
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