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Charles Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle is a gripping adventure story, and a turning point in the making of the modern world. Brought together here in chronological order, the letters he wrote and received during his trip provide a first-hand account of a voyage of discovery that was as much personal as intellectual. We follow Darwin’s adventures as he prepares for his travels, lands on his first tropical island, watches an earthquake level a city, and learns how to catch ostriches from a running horse. We witness slavery, political revolution, and epidemic disease, and share the otherworldly experience of landing on the Galapagos Islands and collecting specimens. His letters are counterpoised by replies from family and friends that record a comfortable, intimate world back in England. Original watercolors by the ship’s artist Conrad Martens vividly bring to life Darwin’s descriptions of his travels.Read more
- Includes a substantial introduction by leading Darwin scholar Janet Browne, and light footnotes with explanatory information
- The only text to contain the complete letters written and received by Darwin during the HMS Beagle voyage
- A series of beautiful original watercolour paintings from the sketchbook of Darwin's Beagle companion, Conrad Martens, provides vivid first hand observations from the voyage
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"It's a pleasure to have the correspondence from this critical period in an accessible volume. It is fascinating to watch Darwin attempt to come to grips with the huge amount of data he collected and make sense of the patterns he observed. We get an intimate look at an adventurous young Darwin, so unlike his more familiar, sedentary older self who would write On the Origin of Species. The late Burkhardt, who founded the Darwin Correspondence Project, has filled in details and context as needed, and the introduction by Darwin biographer Browne is a joy to read."
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- Date Published: October 2008
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521898386
- length: 544 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 180 x 33 mm
- weight: 1.26kg
- contains: 30 b/w illus. 12 colour illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Introduction Janet Browne
About this book
Symbols and abbreviations
Timeline of the journey
THE BEAGLE LETTERS
Notes on the illustrations
Brief biographies and index to correspondents
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