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 (219 x 138 mm). Half-titles in all but the Appendix. 9 folding engraved maps by J. Gardner and J. and C. Walker (map of the Straits of Magellan with tear along fold with some slight loss of text/image, few other small holes along folds, some creasing, short tears and light soiling along folds, some dampstaining); 47 etched plates after P. King, A. Earle, C. Martens, R. Fitzroy and others by T. Landseer, S. Bull, T. Prior and others (lacking ads, occasional spotting). Twentieth-century half calf, top edges gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe (some dampstaining and pale soiling). Provenance: Joseph N. Field (bookplates).
FIRST EDITION OF DARWIN'S FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK, with the second issue of Darwin's work in Vol. III, separately titled Journal of Researches into the Geology ande Natural History of the Various Countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle, under the Command of Captain Fitzroy. 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; Norman 584; Sabin 37826.