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Charles Darwin in Australia

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521728676

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  • Early in 1836 Charles Darwin spent two months in Australia as part of his round-the-world voyage on the Beagle. During this time, he visited Sydney, travelled on horseback to Bathurst, visited Hobart and called into King George Sound. In addition to making extensive notes on the geology of the country, and recording some observations on natural history, Darwin interacted with several of the colonies' leading citizens, including Kings and Macarthurs in Sydney, and Alfred Stephen and George Frankland in Hobart. This book provides the definitive account of this part of the Beagle's voyage. It is based on specific transcriptions of the entire Australian section of Darwin's diary, supplemented by extracts from field notes, letters and published material. The lavish illustrations include contemporary works by two of Australia's most famous early artists (Augustus Earle and Conrad Martens), both of whom had been Darwin's Beagle shipmates earlier in the voyage.

    • Definitive account of Darwin's visit to Australia, including all published illustrations of animal specimens collected by Darwin in Australia
    • Based on the complete text of Darwin's Australian diary, supplemented with field notes, letters and published material
    • Illustrated with beautiful contemporary sketches and paintings by two of Australia's most famous early artists (Augustus Earle and Conrad Martens), both of whom had been Darwin's Beagle shipmates earlier in the voyage
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521728676
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 257 x 200 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.11kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword James Moore
    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    A note on the transcriptions
    1. Introduction
    2. Arrival in Sydney and a trip across the Blue Mountains
    3. Return from Bathurst and impressions of Sydney
    4. Hobart and environs
    5. King George Sound and farewell to Australia
    6. Postscript
    Appendix: summary of documents relating to Darwin's visit to Australia
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Frank Nicholas, University of Sydney
    Frank William Nicholas is Emeritus Professor of Animal Genetics at the University of Sydney.

    Jan Nicholas
    Janice Mary Nicholas is a retired librarian who previously specialised in Australiana, especially manuscripts and pictorial material.

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