London: John Murray, 1860. viii, 519 pp., plus inserted 32-page publisher’s catalogue dated October, 1866. Third edition, 1st printing, 10th Thousand. With 14 text woodcuts. Original publisher’s cloth, front cover a bit worn; interior very good. Item #16363
Second edition, later issue (tenth thousand, with new preliminaries and a postscript at the end of the preface), the final definitive text, with extensive revisions from its first appearance, of Darwin’s first published work, which chronicles his historic five-year voyage on the Beagle to Brazil, Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, Chile, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries and islands along the way. This journey was the most important event in Darwin’s intellectual life. The appearance of this record was a turning point in the history of biological science and marked the beginnings of a whole new conception of the origin of the various species of life on earth.