17 June 2008
DARWIN, Charles. 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: Stewart & Murray for Smith, Elder & Co., 1846.
8o (223 x 140 mm). Without the publisher's catalogue (occasionally present). Engraved folding map, 4 folding engraved plates, one folding hand-colored lithographic geological cross-section (some offsetting, marginal tears to map) by G.B. Sowerby Junior. Original purple cloth, decorated in blind, spine with title and price in gilt, uncut and partially unopened (unevenly faded, spine chipped at the head and foot, lower joint starting and inner hinge cracked). Provenance: Perry W. Gilbert (1912-2000), marine biologist (ownership inscription dated 3 January 1952).
FIRST EDITION of the third and last of Darwin's geological reports on the Beagle voyage. 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. The descriptions of secondary fossil shells from South America, illustrated in Sowerby's plates, are by Edward Forbes. Freeman 273; Norman 587; Sabin 18646.
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