The Voyage of the Beagle

The Voyage of the Beagle

Charles Darwin’s Journal of Researches


Introduction by:
Introduction by: Michael Neve
Editor:
Editor: Michael Neve

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140432688
  • 448 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

Charles Darwin’s account of the momentous voyage which set in motion the current of intellectual events leading to The Origin of Species 

When HMS Beagle sailed out of Devonport on 27 December 1831, Charles Darwin was twenty-two and setting off on the voyage of a lifetime. His journal, here reprinted in a shortened form, shows a naturalist making patient observations concerning geology, natural history, people, places and events. Volcanoes in the Galapagos, the Gossamer spider of Patagonia and the Australasian coral reefs – all are to be found in these extraordinary writings. The insights made here were to set in motion the intellectual currents that led to the theory of evolution, and the most controversial book of the Victorian age: The Origin of Species. This volume reprints Charles Darwin’s journal in a shortened form. In their introduction Janet Brown and Michael Neve provide a background to Darwin’s thought and work, and this edition also includes notes, maps, appendices and an essay on scientific geology and the Bible by Robert FitzRoy, Darwin’s friend and Captain of the Beagle. 

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Table of Contents

Voyage of the Beagle – Charles Darwin List of maps and illustrations
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Introduction
A note on this edition

Charles Darwin’s Journal of Researches
Author’s preface
Appendix One: Admiralty instructions for the Beagle voyage
Appendix Two: Robert FitzRoy’s “Remarks with reference to the Deluge”
Biographical guide

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