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    Important Scientific Books: The Richard Green Library

    17 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 77

    DARWIN, Charles. Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands visited during the voyage of H.M.S Beagle, together with some brief notices on the geology of Australia and the Cape of Good Hope. Being the second part of the Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. Fitzroy, R.N. during the years 1832 to 1836. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1844.

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    DARWIN, Charles. Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands visited during the voyage of H.M.S Beagle, together with some brief notices on the geology of Australia and the Cape of Good Hope. Being the second part of the Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. Fitzroy, R.N. during the years 1832 to 1836. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1844.

    8o (221 x 140 mm.). 24 pp. publishers' catalogue dated January 1844 at end. Folding lithographic map as frontispiece and wood-engravings in the text (one or two spots). (Title-page with rubber-stamp serial number above the imprint, lightly browned, some intermittent spotting.) Original blue cloth, decorated in blind, spine with title and price in gilt, uncut (rebacked preserving the original cloth, gilt price worn, corners strengthened, some discoloration). Provenance: Dr. R.A. Philippi (1808-1904), German botanist and geologist, (signature dated 1875).

    FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED on the title-page "with the Author's Compliments" in a secretarial hand. AN IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY from the library of distinguished German botanist and geologist Rudolph Amandus Philippi, Professor at Cassel Technical College from 1835 and then at the University of Santiago in Chile from 1853. In his later work Fossil Cirripedia [1851] Darwin acknowledges the help he received from Philippi and his colleagues: "Having applied to Professor W. Dunker, of Cassel, for some of the species described by various German authors, he not only sent me many specimens out of his own collection, but procured from Messrs. Roemer, Koch, and Philippi, other specimens of great value; and to these most distinguished naturalists I beg to return my very sincere thanks."

    "The three parts of Darwin's geological results of the Beagle voyage were separately published over a period of five years, but they were intended, and described on the title pages, as parts of one work" (Freeman). This, the second part, included observations of Australia and the Cape of Good Hope. Freeman 272; Norman 587.


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