A fascinating record of one of the most famous journeys ever made, providing an accurate historical document as well as an evocative travelogue that conveys Charles Darwin's personal account of the voyage with freshness and immediacy.
On 27th December 1831, HMS Beagle set out from Plymouth under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy on a voyage that lasted nearly 5 years. The purpose of the trip was to complete a survey of the southern coasts of South America, and afterwards to circumnavigate the globe. The ship's geologist and naturalist was Charles Darwin. Darwin kept a diary throughout the voyage in which he recorded his daily activities, not only on board the ship but also during the several long journeys that he made on horseback in Patagonia and Chile. His entries tell the story of one of the most important scientific journeys ever made with matchless immediacy and vivid descriptiveness.
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From the reviews: '... a record of his immediate feelings, the sea-sickness, the triumphs of his palaeontological finds, close shaves with General Rosas and military activity in Patagonia, drinking mate and smoking cigarilloes with the Gaucho, the stars glittering over the Andes ... vivid and expressive...' Janet Browne 'Besides being an intriguing read, this book is a source of information that is invaluable to any student whose interest strays into the Darwin saga.' Open History 'What emerges more strongly are the vicissitudes of long distance travel in the 1830s ... and a flavour of Darwin's own personality ... the book is highly recommended.' Paul Ashtron, Biologist "...a record of his immediate feelings, the sea-sickness, the triumphs of his palaeontological finds, close shaves with General Rosas and military activity in Patagonia, drinking mate and smoking cigarillos with the Gaucho, the stars glittering over the Andes...vivid and expressive..." Janet Browne "...beautifully edited...Keynes's edition includes a well-sculpted and informative historical introduction, carefully edited text, watercolor illustrations...and a biographical register of individuals mentioned in the text...this corpus establishes R.D. Keynes, emeritus professor of physiology at Cambridge, as an expert on the Beagle voyage." Journal of the History of Biology "An intimate portrait of Darwin the man emerges, characterized by wonder, good humor, and the abiding sense of curiosity..." Northeastern Naturalist
About Charles Darwin
Richard Darwin Keynes is Emeritus Professor of Physiology at the University of Cambridge, and fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. In parallel with research and teaching on physiology and biophysics, he has a long-standing interest in the voyage of the Beagle, and has also edited The Beagle Record (1979) and Charles Darwin's Zoology Notes and Specimen Lists from the H. M. S. Beagle (2000).
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Introduction; Acknowledgements; Note on editorial policy; Principal sources of references; The Beagle Diary 1831-1836; Biographical register; Index.
Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary by Charles Darwin
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