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Lot 65: [Science, Medicine & Mathematics] Darwin, Charles, Geological Observations on South America. Being the Third Part of The Geology of...

Freeman's

September 19, 2019
Philadelphia, PA, US

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[Science, Medicine & Mathematics] Darwin, Charles
Geological Observations on South America. Being the Third Part of The Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. Fitzroy, R.N. during the years 1832 to 1836
London: Smith, Elder and Co.,1846. First edition. 8vo. Untrimmed, leaf size 222x139mm.,(i)-vii(viIi), (1)-279,(280)pp+ folding map, 5 folding plates, extra plate, 3 line errata on p(viii), advts. on p.(280), 32pp. pub. catalogue. Illustrated with engraved folding map, 4 folding engraved plates, 1 hand-colored lithographic geological cross-section by J.B. Sowerby Junior; also with an extra folding plate of shells at back with ms. caption (this plate likely serving as advertisement for Sowerby in his function as a publisher). Publisher's purple cloth, decorated in blind and stamped in gilt to spine, edges untrimmed, with Westley & Clark binder's ticket to rear pastedown of the original yellow endpapers; cloth mostly faded to brown, moderately sunned at edges, corners bumped, rebacked with most of original spine laid down, preserving the faded gilt title; 20th-century bookplate on front pastedown, ink ownership on front free endpaper recto. Freeman 273; Sabin 18646.

First edition of the third and last of Darwin's geological reports on the Beagle's voyage.

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