DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882); Capt. Robert FITZROY (1805-1865); and Capt. Philip Parker KING (1793-1856). Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the Years 1826 and 1836, describing their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagle's Circumnavigation of the Globe. London: Henry Colburn, 1839.
3 volumes in 4 (Vols I-III and Appendix to Vol. II), 8o (225 x 141 mm). 16pp. publisher's advertisements at end of Appendix. Half-titles in all but the Appendix. 9 folding engraved maps by J. Gardner and J. and C. Walker (first with small hole affecting image, some creasing, short tears and light soiling along folds); 48 etched plates after P. King, A. Earle, C. Martens, R. Fitzroy and others by T. Landseer, S. Bull, T. Prior and others (occasional spotting). Late 19th-century red half morocco, top edges gilt (front cover of vol. II detached, joints rubbed).
FIRST EDITION OF DARWIN'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK, with the First Issue of Vol. III. Darwin's account of his travels, including his visit to the Galapagos Islands, forms Vol. III of this work. "The five years of the voyage were the most important event in Darwin's intellectual life and in the history of biological science" (DSB). Vol. I contains King's account of the expedition in the Adventure made between 1826 and 1830, surveying the coasts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. In Vol. II (and its appendix volume) Capt. Fitzroy described the narrative of the Beagle's second voyage, between 1831 and 1836 to South America, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia and other countries. Freeman 10; Hill, pp.104-05; Sabin 37826. (4)