Remarks upon the habits of the genera Geospiza, Camarhynchus, Cactornis and Certhidea of Gould.
Item ID 72394
London, The Zoological Society of London, 1837. 8vo (22.7 x 13.9 cm). p. 49. Original blind blue wrappers, preserved in a green clamshell box with gilt title. First note by Darwin on the group that made him famous: the so-called Darwin's finches of the Galapagos Archipelago. As noted in Charles Darwin: a companion , "The importance of the fauna of [the Galapagos] islands, especially of the ground finches now called Darwin's finches ... to the development of C[harles] D[arwin]'s early thought on evolution has often been stressed". This is Darwin's fifth publication in a serial (between 1837 and 1886, another 160 were to follow - see Freeman). Published in the leading natural history periodical of the 19th century, the Society's prestigious Proceedings , volume 5(53), with a total of 172 [vii, 165] pp. As noted by Freeman, there are four other papers by the famous ornithologist John Gould on Darwin's South American birds, including many new species (e.g. Rhea Darwinii ), but these are without direct comment by Darwin. Uncut, partly unopened. Wrappers with some light spotting, marginal fraying, price written in pen to bottom of front wrapper, a few short tears, paper partly perished over the spine - otherwise a very good, clean copy. Bound (library) copies of the whole volume V are uncommon; a copy in original wrappers is decidedly rare. Freeman, 1644; Freeman Charles Darwin: a companion , p. 147. The fundaments of evolution: Darwin on "his" finches