The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs. Being the First Part of the Geology of the Voyage of the Beagle, under the Command of Capt. Fitzroy, R.N. during the Years 1832 to 1836.

Three folding engraved maps (two are handcolored, one with a split in the fold neatly repaired) & wood engravings in the text. xii, 214 pp. 8vo, cont. half-morocco & marbled boards (minor rubbing to binding). London: Smith, Elder, 1842.

First edition of Darwin’s most important geological work in which he proposed a theory of “subsidence” to account for the formation and structure of coral reefs, particularly the great depth of water through which they rose from the ocean floor to the surface and the perfect hemispheres they formed around low-lying islands.

Very good copy.

❧ Freeman 271.

Price: $12,500.00

Item ID: 3060