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8 April 2009
DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882). Geological Observations on South America. Being the third 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., 1846. 8° (215 x 137mm). Without the publisher's catalogue (occasionally present). Engraved folding map, 4 folding engraved plates, one folding hand-coloured lithographic geological cross-section. (Some faint offsetting to map, title loose.) Contemporary half green calf (extremities rubbed, joints cracked, upper joint weak). Provenance: Henry Andrade Harben (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of the third of Darwin's Beagle geological reports. In it, he described the pampas, the plateaux, and the Andes, showing how they had been gradually pushed up in the way Lyell had surmised without the intervention of catastrophic events. 'Freeman 273; Norman 587; Sabin 18646.
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