DARWIN, Charles, editor. The Zoology of the Voyage of the Beagle, under the Command of Captain Robert FitzRoy, R.N., during the Years 1832 to 1836. London: Smith, Elder, 1840-October 1843.
4 parts only in 2 volumes (without part III, Birds), 4o (310 x 250 mm). 20th-century half cloth. Comprising:
Part I. OWEN, Richard (1804-1892). Fossil Mammalia. 1840. With preface (to the whole work) and geological introduction by Darwin. 32 lithographic plates by G. Scharf (one folding) (folding plate loose and with some losses along folds, slightly browned, some spotting and occasional staining). (First text leaves with gnawing along fore edges.)
Part II. WATERHOUSE, George Robert (1810-1888). Mammalia. 1839. With geographical introduction and notes on habits and ranges by Darwin. 32 numbered hand-colored lithographic plates and 3 numbered engraved plates (foxing).
Part IV. JENYNS, Leonard (1800-1893). Fish. 1842. 29 numbered lithographic plates by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins (some chipping and staining).
Part V. BELL, Thomas (1792-1880). Reptiles. 1843. 20 lithographic plates by Hawkins (some staining and chipping).
THE LAVISH SCIENTIFIC RECORD OF DARWIN'S COLLECTING ENDEAVOURS during the five-year voyage of the Beagle. Originally issued in 19 numbers, subsequently in five volumes, and then in this three volume issue, apparently published without volume titles. Darwin "superintended the Zoology's text, wrote introductions for the different parts, and added notes from his various Beagle records about animal behavior and habitats wherever appropriate, while also supervising the printers, proofreading the sheets, arranging artists for the plates, chivying the experts, and keeping them all moving forward within a tight self-imposed budget" (Browne).
The plates form a fascinating record of the tireless energy and flair which the relatively untrained Darwin put into the collection of specimens intended to interest zoological specialists. Anker 173; Browne Charles Darwin: Voyaging, p. 370; Freeman 8; Nissen IVB 384 and ZBI 1391; Norman 586; Sabin 18649; Wood p. 310; Zimmer p. 157. (2)