London: John Murray, 1871. First Edition, First Issue. Octavo, viii, 423 pages, 16 pages ads; VG; bound in publisher's green cloth, spine with gilt lettering; recased with previous boards and spine intact, front and rear gutters have signs of repair; fore edge of ffep through page viii brittle and slightly chipped; wear to corners; bookplate of William Beebe on front pastedown; First issue, with the first word on page 297 being "transmitted."; AD consignment; shelved case 3.
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The word 'evolution' occurs, for the first time in any of Darwin's works, on page 2 of the first volume of the first edition;
William Beebe was an American naturalist, ornithologist, marine biologist, entomologist, explorer, and author. He is regarded as one of the founders of the field of ecology, one of the early 20th century's major advocates of conservation, as well as for several theories he proposed about avian evolution which are now regarded as having been ahead of their time. Among his achievements include descending in the Bathysphere, the first time a biologist observed deep-sea animals in their native environment, and through doing so set several successive records for the deepest dive ever performed by a human. He also worked at the New York Zoological Park, where he was given the duty of caring for the zoo's birds, and later designing habitats for its bird population, and a series of research expeditions of increasing length, including an expedition around the world to document the world's pheasants;