Charles Darwin: The Beagle Letters
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At the beginning of October 1831 the young Charles Darwin left Shrewsbury to begin a 5-year journey which would turn his mind towards evolutionary theory. This volume brings together the letters which he wrote and received during his voyage on the Beagle, recounting both scientific observations and adventures ranging from an earthquake and political revolution to his efforts at ostrich- catching. Watercolours by the ship's artist Conrad Martens complement the text, depicting the landscapes and animals seen by Darwin.