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Discoveries in Australia; with an account of the Coasts and Rivers explored and surveyed during the voyage of H.M.S. Beagle, in the years 1837-38-39-40-41-42-43... Also a Narrative of Captain Owen Stanley's visits to the islands in the Arafura Sea.
London: T. and W. Boone, 1846. Two volumes, octavo, with 26 engraved plates and eight folding charts, some occasional light spotting in the margins of plates but generally a good crisp set in a fine contemporary binding of half dark brown hard-grained morocco, top edges gilt. The last of the Beagle accounts. First edition: the final voyage of Australian discovery, the second and last major account of the Beagle's voyaging. This is an excellent set in a handsome contemporary binding of Stokes' book, published just a year after the second edition of his former shipmate Darwin's account of the Beagle voyage.John Lort Stokes (1812-1885) was the longest-serving officer on the Beagle, best known as the ship which took Darwin around the world. Stokes joined the vessel in 1824 as a young midshipman, and sailed on all three of the great circumnavigations, serving with P.P. King, Fitrzoy, and of course Darwin. In 1841, while in Sydney, Stokes was chosen to replace Wickham as commander of the ship, which meant that he personally oversaw most of the very difficult survey work the Beagle undertook in Australian waters, completing the survey of the north-west coast, and charting rivers and exploring inland where appropriate. Stokes was personally responsible for an enormous amount of patient navigation on remote and difficult stretches of Australia coast, experiences retold here and also honoured in the magnificent official charts published under his auspices.
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