London: Henry Colburn, 1839. 1st. Hardcover. 3 volumes in 4 (volume 2 having a separate appendix). 8vo (9 x 5 3/4 inches), pp xxviii(iv), 1-597; xiv,694(2); viii,352; xiv,629 (609)-615, with 8 engraved folding maps and charts 2 each bound into the rear of each volume. 48 plates and charts, and 6 textual illustrations. Half titles in volumes 1, 2, and 3 but not in the appendix. On page vii of volume 3, Charles Darwin's name is followed by ESQ., M.A. Moderate foxing throughout but overall a very good to near fine set. Bound in full half navy blue morocco with blue cloth boards by Riviere & Sons. Marbled end papers, firstname.lastname@example.org. Near fine. Item #9021548
Volume 1 of the Narrative concerns the initial surveying expedition of 1826-30 under the command of Philip Parker King in the ship Adventure. Volume 2 describes the continuation and completion of the survey with the Beagle alone ending in 1836. Volume 3 comprises Darwin's own journal of his voyage in the Beagle which is the first issue of his first published book. "The five years of the voyage were the most important event in Darwin's intellectual life and in the history of biological sciences. Darwin sailed with no formal scientific training. He returned a hard-headed man of science, knowing the importance of evidence, allmost convinces that species had not always been as they were since the creation but had undergone change. He developed doubts about the value of the Scriptures as a trustworthy guide to the history of the earth and of man, with the result that he gradually became an agnostic. The experience of his five years in the Beagle, how he dealt with them, and what they led to, built up a process of epoch making importance in the history of thought." DSB, III, p. 566.
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