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WHAT DARWIN SAW

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THE BEAGLE LAID ASHORE AT THE MOUTH OF THE SANTA CRUZ

WEATHERVANE BOOKS

NEW YORK

The Great Name of

Charles Warwin

Originally published, in 1879, as What Mr. Darwin Saw in His Voyage

Round the World in the ship Beagle.

This edition is published by Weathervane Books,

distributed by Crown Publishers, Inc.

a b c d e f g h

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
Darwin, Charles Robert, 1809-1882.

What Mr. Darwin saw in his voyage round the world in the ship
Beagle.

Compiled from the author's Journal of researches into the geology
and natural history of the various countries visited by the
H.M.S. Beagle.

Reprint of the 1879 ed. published by Harper, New York.
Includes indexes.

1. Natural history. 2. South America,
Description and travel. 3. Beagle expedition,
1831-1836. I. Title.
QH11.D236 1978 500.9'8 78-12018
ISBN 0-517-26310-6

FOR PARENTS.

THE design of this book can be stated in a few words,

namely, to interest children in the study of natural history, and of physical and political geography.

I. It would be hard to find a child indifferent to stories about animals. The number of books, both systematic and unsystematic, to which this fact has given rise is very large; but the enormous progress in zoological science has been fatal to the survival of most of them. Children of a prior generation had their curiosity about the brute creation satisfied by White's Selborne and Bewick's Quadrupeds; and the former classic is even now reprinted in popular editions, with illustrations which may and do attract the young

But adults, and even scholars, alone can enjoy Selborne to the full; while not merely is the Quadrupeds out of print and difficult to procure, but its text is too antiquated to be usefully put before a child. Its incomparable illustrations de. serve a perpetual lease of life. The first section of the present compilation, entitled “Animals,” though written more

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