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Voyage of the Beagle : journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage round the world of H.M.S. 'Beagle' under the command of Captain Fitz Roy, R.N. / by Charles Darwin.

By: Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
Contributor(s): Fitzroy, Robert, 1805-1865.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: The great writers library: Publisher: London : Marshall Cavendish, 1987Description: xi, 500 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0863076750(hbk).Subject(s): Beagle (Ship) | Beagle Expedition (1831-1836) | Natural history -- South America | Natural history -- Oceania
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Includes index.

"This is a fascimile reproduction of the 1905 edition published by John Murray"--T.p. verso.

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GALAPAGOS ARCHIPELAGO The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable: it seems to be a little world within itself; the greater number of its inhabitants, both vegetable and animal, being found nowhere else. As I shall refer to this subject again, I will only here remark, as forming a striking character on first landing, that the birds are strangers to man. So tame and unsuspecting were they, that they did not even understand what was meant by stones being thrown at them; and quite regardless of us, they approached so close that any number of them might have been killed with a stick. The Beagle sailed round Chatham Island, and anchored in several bays. One night I slept on shore, on a part of the island where some black cones -- the former chimneys of the subterranean heated fluids -- were extraordinarily numerous. From one small eminence, I counted sixty of these truncated hillocks, which were all surmounted by a more or less perfect crater. The greater number consisted merely of a ring of red scoriae, or slags, cemented together: and their height above the plain of lave, was not more than from 50 to 100 feet. From their regular form, they gave the country a workshop appearance, which strongly reminded me of those parts of Stratfordshire where the great iron foundries are most numerous. Excerpted from The Voyage of the Beagle: Charles Darwin's Journal of Researches by Charles Darwin All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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This precursor to On the Origin of Species is a fascinating work on its own merits. Originally published in 1839 and alternately known as Journal and Remarks and Journal of Researches, it documents Darwin's second survey expedition aboard the H.M.S. Beagle and provides a more personal view of Darwin than do his later works. The selections chosen for this abridgment by Isabel Morgan-with Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), who also narrates-relate more to people and cultures than to species, which will surprise many listeners. Dawkins reads in a manner pleasing to the ear and suitable to the subject matter. Coming on the heels of the 2009 bicentennial celebration of Darwin's birth (see "Charles Darwin at 200," LJ 12/08), this title is highly recommended for those libraries not already owning a copy. [An alternate, unabridged recording, read by David Case, is available from Tantor Audio.-Ed.]-Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.