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Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle

Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle
Between the Years 1826 and 1836
3 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration

  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108083164

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  • In the years leading up to Charles Darwin's famous voyage on the Beagle, the ship and its captain Robert Fitzroy (1805–65) had participated in a challenging survey of the desolate southern coastline of South America. This three-volume work, published in 1839, describes both voyages. The first two volumes were compiled by Fitzroy. Volume 1 is based on records of the first expedition from the journals of Phillip Parker King (1791–1856), its commander, and other officers. Volume 2 contains Fitzroy's account of the period between the voyages, the recruitment of Darwin as naturalist, and the second expedition to South America, followed by the Beagle's circumnavigation of the globe. It provides important contextual information for Volume 3, which was the first published version of Darwin's journal of the 1832–6 voyage. Darwin's 1845 edition, published for a wider readership by John Murray, is also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection.

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    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108083164
    • length: 2094 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 155 x 124 mm
    • weight: 3.03kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    1. Departure from Monte Video
    2. Enter the Strait of Magalhaens (or Magellan)
    3. Prepare the Beagle for surveying the Strait
    4. Eagle Bay - Gabriel Channel
    5. Loss of the Saxe Coburg sealer
    6. Patagonians
    7. Leave Rio de Janeiro
    8. Humming-birds, Fuegians, whales
    9. Winter setting in, scurvy
    10. Account of the Beagle's cruise
    11. Bad weather, perilous situation
    12. Adventure sails from Rio de Janeiro to the River Plata
    13. Beagle and Adelaide anchor in Possession Bay
    14. Frost and snow
    15. Extracts from the journals of Lieutenants Skyring and Graves
    16. Province and islands of Chilóe
    17. Beagle sails to sea coast of Tierra del Fuego
    18. Adelaide's last cruise
    19. Termination of the Andes, zoological remarks
    20. Beagle sails from San Carlos
    21. Cape Desolation
    22. Mr Murray discovers the Beagle Channel
    23. Glaciers, mountains, tides
    24. A few nautical remarks upon the passage round Cape Horn
    Index. Volume 2:
    1. Fuegians in London, Beagle recommissioned
    2. Mr. Darwin, persons on board
    3. Sail from England, cross equator
    4. Rio de Janeiro, Monte Video
    5. Fossils, animals, fish, climate
    6. Beagle visits Buenos Ayres, sail for Tierra del Fuego
    7. Southern Aborigines of South America
    8. Horse Indians of Patagonia
    9. Fuegians
    10. Set out to land Matthews and the Fuegians, sail for the Falkland Islands
    11. Historical sketch of the Falkland Islands
    12. First appearance of Falklands
    13. Sail from Falklands
    14. River Negro
    15. Beagle and Adventure sail from Monte Video
    16. Lay Beagle ashore for repair, view of surrounding country
    17. Enter Pacific, Chile
    18. Earthquake
    19. Shells, coal, scenery, night travelling
    20. Challenger wrecked on the mainland, crew saved
    21. Andes, Galapagos, land-tortoises, volcanoes
    22. Otaheite, Papiete, missionaries
    23. Continuation of the meeting at Papiete, sail from Otaheite, Feejee Islands
    24. New Zealand
    25. Missionaries, trade, settlers
    26. Sydney, Hobart Town, Mauritius, Azores
    27. Remarks on the early migrations of the human race
    28. A very few remarks with reference to the Deluge
    Index. Volume 3: Preface
    1. Porto Praya
    2. Rio de Janeiro, excursion north of Cape Frio
    3. Monte Video, excursion to R. Polanco
    4. Rio Negro
    5. Bahía Blanca
    6. Set out for Buenos Ayres
    7. Excursion to St. Fe
    8. Monte Video, excursion to Colonia del Sacramiento
    9. Rio Plata
    10. Santa Cruz, expedition up river
    11. Tierra del Fuego
    12. Falkland Islands
    13. Strait of Magellan
    14. Valparaiso, excursion to base of Andes
    15. Chiloe
    16. San Carlos, Chiloe
    17. Valparaiso, passage of Andes by Portillo pass
    18. Bell mountain, excursion to Cordillera
    19. Galapagos Islands volcanic
    20. Tahiti, New Zealand
    21. Sydney, Van Diemen's Land
    22. Keeling Island
    23. Mauritius, Brazil, Azores

  • Authors

    Charles Darwin

    Robert Fitzroy

    Phillip Parker King

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