The young Charles Darwin spent five years on board the H.M.S. Beagle, travelled round the world, seeing a great many things of interest to botanists, geologists and zoologists. He sent home letters to Henslow, his mentor in Cambridge, many of which were published while he was away. On his return he set about sorting his specimens and writing up his notes. The result was five books which covered a huge range of topics. Darwin’s Journal of Researches was originally published as a trio with accounts by the ship’s Captain Robert FitzRoy and previous captain Parker King. Darwin’s account proved much more readable than the others so was subsequently published alone. It’s an entertaining account of the voyage for a general audience and sold well. The other four are scientific works on the zoological and geological notes and specimens Darwin took.
- The Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle (1835)
- Journal of Researches (aka Voyage of the Beagle) (1839)
- The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs (1842)
- Geological Observations on the Volcanic Islands Visited by the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (1844)
- Geological Observations and Distributions of Coral Reefs (1846)