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    William Beebe at the World's End

    William Beebe. Galápagos: World's End. With 24 Coloured Illustrations by Isabel Cooper, and 83 Photographs, mostly by John Tee-Van. New York & London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1924. Author's Autograph Edition, limited to one hundred numbered copies, printed on French handmade paper, and signed by the author, of which this copy is No. 96. Loosely laid in is a one-page Autograph Note Signed by William Beebe, on Department of Tropical Research, New York Zoological Society, William Beebe, Director, stationery: "Dear Sir. / This is the only one / I can find - an old aviation / one taken in France during the / war."
    First edition, limited issue. Quarto. xxi, 443 pages. Photogravure portrait of Beebe, twenty-four color illustrations on nine tipped-in plates, and eighty-two photographic illustrations. Publisher's original white cloth with vellum tips. Front cover and spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, illustrated endpapers. In original grey oilcloth dust jacket with gilt lettering on front panel and spine. Small owner bookplate on front pastedown. Over-opened between plate and page 233. Dust jacket with minimal edge wear and spotting. Autograph Note with light fold and edge wear, creases and traces of prior corner mounting on verso. Overall, very good.

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    William Beebe's personal account of the 1923 expedition to the Galápagos Islands on the steam yacht Noma, published under the auspices of the New York Zoological Society. The expedition was financed and sponsored by Harrison Williams, and in the course of two ten-day visits, Beebe and his team gathered substantial information and specimens supporting the findings of Charles Darwin in the previous century. Beebe discovered a formerly uncharted bay, which he appropriately named Darwin Bay. In 1925, Beebe made a return expedition to the Galápagos on the Arcturus.

    "Appendix B. Bibliography of the more important publications relating to the Galápagos Archipelago": pages 436-438.

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