'Not until now has it been possible to read in book form the immediate notes that Darwin himself had written in the little field notebooks that he carried with him … which takes us all the way to what a young man born two hundred years ago once saw when he was for some years very far from home.' Richard Darwin Keynes, editor of Charles Darwin's Beagle Diary (Cambridge University Press) and great-grandson of Darwin
'This is the first time that Darwin's day-to-day notebooks from the Beagle voyage have been published in their entirety and the result is quite simply stunning. … The result is to render what is often considered to be the least readable of all Darwin's material instantly accessible and engaging for all. … hardly a page goes by without some gem jumping out and hinting at the scientific giant he would become.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
'… impressive … a meticulously edited piece … It provides some interesting dimensions about how scientific observation was made two centuries ago … as an archival source, it could definitely help graduate students in their research related to Darwin.' PaleoAnthropology
This is the first full edition of the fifteen notebooks used by Darwin during his Beagle voyage, which record his activities and interests in their most immediate form. The texts are accompanied by full editorial apparatus and introductions, focussing on discoveries convincing Darwin that life on Earth had evolved.