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The Voyage of the Beagle

Charles Darwin

Book Overview: 

The book, also known as Darwin’s Journal of Researches, is a vivid and exciting travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal covering biology, geology, and anthropology that demonstrates Darwin’s keen powers of observation, written at a time when Western Europeans were still discovering and exploring much of the rest of the world. Although Darwin revisited some areas during the expedition, for clarity the chapters of the book are ordered by reference to places and locations rather than chronologically. With hindsight, ideas which Darwin would later develop into his theory of evolution by natural selection are hinted at in his notes and in the book

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .th the charm and simplicity of his descriptions, have ensured the popularity of this book with all classes of readers—and that popularity has even increased in recent years. No attempt, however, has hitherto been made to produce an illustrated edition of this valuable work: numberless places and objects are mentioned and described, but the difficulty of obtaining authentic and original representations of them drawn for the purpose has never been overcome until now.

Most of the views given in this work are from sketches made on the spot by Mr. Pritchett, with Mr. Darwin's book by his side. Some few of the others are taken from engravings which Mr. Darwin had himself selected for their interest as illustrating his voyage, and which have been kindly lent by his son.

Mr. Pritchett's name is well known in connection with the voyages of the Sunbeam and Wanderer, and it is believed that the illustrations, which have been c. . . Read More

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“In conclusion, it appears that nothing can be more improving to a young naturalist, than a journey in distant countries.”

It might sound like a little dry to read a scientist's observations of an expedition, but that wasn't the case for me. Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle provides a fascinatin

The Voyage of the Beagle written by Charles Darwin is a collection of his travel memoirs, from the time he was 22 to 27 years of age, during which period he circumnavigated the globe with the second expedition of the HMS Beagle (1831-1836).

This hardcover edition is a physically beautiful book with c

Charles Darwin set sail onboard the HMS Beagle on the 27th of December, 1831 and didn’t return to England until the 2nd of October, 1836. An accounting of this endeavor’s observations and discoveries was first published in 1839 as “Charles Darwin’s Journal and Remarks.” It was so popular that it was

This book is Charles Darwin's journal of his 5-year voyage on the HMS Beagle.

This journey marked the second of Captain Fitzroy and the Beagle but the first for 22-year-old Charles Darwin, who had decided to become a naturalist like Alexander von Humboldt.
Darwin had stopped studying medicine and refu

This is not the correct edition. Mine is published by Recorded Books, read by John Franklin Robbins, & is just selections from the book, about 4.5 hours long, with additional material - a really good biography. It was short & to the point. It's been a long time since I last read this, but I think I

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