A preview of the illustrated Voyage of the Beagle

Voyage of the Beagle cover

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of The Voyage of the Beagle: The Illustrated Edition of Charles Darwin's Travel Memoir and Field Journal (Zenith Press, 2015). The preview consists of chapter 17, "Galapagos Archipelago," in which Darwin notes "by far the most feature in the natural history of this archipelago; it is, that the different islands to a considerable extent are inhabited by a different set of beings" — a biogeographical clue to evolution.

The publisher writes, "An introduction on the background to Darwin's work, as well as notes, maps, appendices, and an essay on scientific geology and the Bible by Robert FitzRoy, Darwin's friend and captain of the Beagle, provide context for this incredible story. This volume is the first fully illustrated edition of Darwin's journal and includes excerpts of On the Origin of Species so the reader can connect the author's journey with his discovery that made him famous."