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Enter your search terms separated by spaces, then press . Operators Always put spaces around these. Journal of Researches Darwin’s Journal of researches, now known as Voyage of the Beagle, was his first book. As far as I can judge of myself I worked to the utmost during the voyage from the mere pleasure of investigation, and from my strong desire to add a few facts to the great mass of facts in natural science. The success of this my first literary child always tickles my vanity more than that of any of my other books. Darwin’s Journal has received a brief bibliographical notice from Lady Barlow in her Charles Darwin and the voyage of the Beagle, 1945, but this only goes up to 1870, although the illustrated edition of 1890 is mentioned in the text.

His first published book is undoubtedly the most often read and stands second only to On the origin of species as the most often printed. The first issue forms, as is well known, the third volume of The narrative of the voyages of H. Ships Adventure and Beagle, edited by Captain Robert Fitzroy and published, in three volumes and an appendix to Volume II, in 1839. In this form, it bears the subsidiary title Journal and remarks. Since then it has changed its name four times, so that today it is universally referred to as The voyage of the Beagle.

On its first appearance in its own right, also in 1839, it was called Journal of researches into the geology and natural history etc. The second edition, of 1845, transposes ‘geology’ and ‘natural history’ to read Journal of researches into the natural history and geology etc. Darwin’s volume was ready much earlier than the rest. The manuscript of the main text was finished by June 1837, and it, with the index, was in print early in 1838. The preface was written later and in it he states that ‘publication has been unavoidably delayed’. The first reference which indicates that the work was out comes in a letter from Darwin’s sister-in-law Sarah Elizabeth Wedgwood to her aunt Madame J. Simonde de Sismondi, dated June 5 1839.

His journal is come out at last along with two other thick volumes of Capt. King of the same voyage, but I have not had time to read it yet’. There is no mention of the appendix volume, and this must have been an advance copy. I have no information about the number of sets which were printed, but Darwin remarks, in a letter to his sister Susan dated February 1842, that 1,337 copies of his volume had been sold, and his diary states that Colburn printed 1,500. These figures probably include the two independent issues which are considered below. I have seen undated Colburn inserted advertisements in a book dated 1849 which advertise a ‘Cheaper edition, in 2 large Vols . The advertisement has a footnote ‘N.

Darwin’s contribution to the work although they describe the rest of the contents in considerable detail. It is also remarkable that Darwin’s work is advertised quite independently on page 14 of the same advertisements without any mention that it also forms part of the set. It has usually been stated that Darwin’s volume was reissued in its own covers later in the same year, because the demand for it was greater than that for the other two volumes of technical narrative. That the demand for it was greater than the rest was probably true, and that it must be considered technically the later issue is certainly correct, because pp. In some copies the maps have been inserted in the text, the Southern portion of South America facing p. 1 and the Keeling Islands p. This is the scarcest of the three, but in my experience the maps are always inserted in the text.

Some copies also have the 16 pp inserted advertisements of August 1839, presumably having been sewn up with them but not cased. De Beer, in his biography 1963, has stressed that in the title of this first edition the word Geology preceded Natural history because the former was uppermost in Darwin’s mind at the time, whereas in the second of 1845 the order is reversed. It is certainly true that geological observations predominate in the notebooks made during the voyage. The text was extensively revised and, according to Lady Barlow, reduced from about 224,000 words to 213,000. Journal forms Nos XXII, XXIII and XXIV.