Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World, under the command of Capt. Fitz Roy, R.N.
by DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882) [WITH AUTOGRAPH SIGNATURE BY CHARLES DARWIN].
New York:: Harper & Brothers, 1846., 1846. 2 volumes. Small 8vo. vii, , 351, ; v, , -324, 8, 4, pp. Wood engraved illustrations. Original full dark brown embossed and gilt-stamped cloth with a gilt-centre piece of two hands and a lit candle [passing knowledge from one person to another]. Condition: all extremities neatly mended with kozo, moderately foxed throughout. Pages untrimmed. Ownership signature of John Hunter; embossed name of Alice W. Fischelis, Philadelphia, PA. Very scarce. WITH A TIPPED-IN FRAGMENT, facing title, OF AN AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY CHARLES DARWIN. 8.5x12.5 cm. ". . . would you have the kindness to add to next page the name of Humming Bird & tear off sheet & post it in enclosed envelope. Yours sincerely obliged, Ch. Darwin" First American edition. This is the first book written by Darwin, which recounts the most famous and influential of all voyages undertaken in the nineteenth century. Darwin's original book was part of Robert Fitz Roy's Voyage of the Beagle issued in 1839 in London. This is the portion written by Darwin in its first American printing. THIS BOOK IS ACCOMPANIED BY A FRAGMENT OF AN ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH LETTER BY DARWIN, SIGNED BY HIM, AND MENTIONING HUMMINGBIRDS IN THE TEXT. The Darwin Correspondence Project, Cambridge, UK, states, "[we have] tentatively dated [the letter] [before 10 May 1866], based on its possible relationship with the letter from John Gould, 10 May 1866 (DCP-LETT-5086)." See: Darwin Correspondence, vol. 30 [most recent vol. in series]. "The five years of the voyage were the most important event in Darwin's intellectual life and in the history of biological science." – DSB. PROVENANCE: John Hunter -- Alice Wilhelmina Fischelis (1898-1996), Philadelphia, PA, and New York, was a member of the Philosophical Research Society, and specialized, as she stated, in Music and Kindred Therapies. She contributed to the Journal of Music Therapy, and belonged thus to the National Association for Music Therapy. REFERENCES: Sabin 18647. Freeman 16; Darwin's Century, 81 ("the rare first American edition"); Henze II, p.18-19; Sabin 18647.
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