The Voyage of the Beagle: Darwin's Extraordinary Adventure Aboard FitzRoy's Famous Survey Ship

The Voyage of the Beagle: Darwin's Extraordinary Adventure Aboard FitzRoy's Famous Survey Ship

by James Taylor
     
 

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The Beagle has become synonymous with Charles Darwin and his groundbreaking work, On the Origin of Species. But how did Darwin come to be onboard? Now reissued in paperback in a single volume, all the various strands of the Beagle story have been woven together, revealing the circumstances that set the expedition in motion and the characters

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The Beagle has become synonymous with Charles Darwin and his groundbreaking work, On the Origin of Species. But how did Darwin come to be onboard? Now reissued in paperback in a single volume, all the various strands of the Beagle story have been woven together, revealing the circumstances that set the expedition in motion and the characters who circumnavigated the world together.

Enriched with firsthand commentary from personal letters and diaries and the official narrative of the voyage, as well as artwork, sketches, and charts produced by the shipboard artists and surveyors, James Taylor has produced a thoroughly engaging and informative account that will appeal to historians, scientists, art lovers, and anyone with a sense of adventure.

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“The book brings together a wonderful mixture of old and new illustrations and information about the voyage from widely scattered sources creating a work that will fascinate old Beaglers and landlubbers alike. No Darwin bookshelf would be complete without this book.” —John Van Wyhe, BBC History Magazine

“James Taylor has adopted a unique way of telling the story in an extremely thorough way, weaving together the various strands of the voyage in a manner not previously adopted, which is much more informative as you see the characters 'in the round.'” —D. B. Clement, South West Soundings, South West Maritime History Society

“It really is a gorgeously produced book, which no Darwin groupie's library should be without. In an earlier review, the Beagle Project's Peter McGrath, FCD, described the book as essential and suggested that some philanthropist should endow every state school biology lab in the country with a copy. I concur wholeheartedly.” —The Friends of Charles Darwin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844863273
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/17/2016
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


James Taylor MA (Hons), FRSA, is an expert on maritime art, and lectures regularly to a wide of range of societies, including NADFAS around the world. He has been an auctioneer and Head of Victorian Paintings, and was former curator of art, exhibition organizer, and corporate membership manager at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. His published work includes Marine Painting (1995), Yachts on Canvas (1998), Careless Talk Costs Lives (2010), and catalogs for major exhibitions.

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