London: John Murray, 1890. Frontispiece & folding plate. New Edition. green pebble-grained cloth with gold stamping. 8vo, original publisher's dark green pebble-grained cloth with gold-embossed cover depicting a mounted Gaucho with twirling bolo chasing an emu stamped on front cover, illustrated with ~ 10 steel-engravings: frontispiece portrait of Darwin with tissue guard, 1 map of the Galapagos, 1 table, 1 cross-section diagram of an atoll, 5 in-text engravings (including his famous finches), and 1 folding plate; xi, 500 pages, index, advertisements (32 pp., dated August 1896). Very Good (professionally recased) / None. Item #121
Recounts Darwin's pathfinding voyage on HMS Beagle to Patagonia and around the horn to Tierra del Fuego and Southern Chille. In addition to his adventures, Darwin outlined his evolutionary theory based on his many studies, which included the adaptations evident in the isolated Galapagos Islands, as well as his studies of the development of coral reefs.
Condition: Landmark illustrated study that is very tight and clean with crisp illustrations. Previous owner's name at top of front pastedown. Slight light tan offset to endpapers possibly caused by papers laid in previously. Slight foxing on frontispiece, title page, and occasionally in text. Fore-edges have light spotting not usually penetrating into margins. Professionally recased and in Very Good overall condition. Contains Darwin's Postscript not present in the First Edition. See Freeman: F58.