THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE GALAPAGOS AND THE THREATS TO THE ISLANDS
LIVINGSTON, John and Lister SINCLAIR. Darwin and the Galapagos. Toronto: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1967.
Oblong quarto in 8s (218 x 218mm), pp. [5 (title, imprint, acknowledgements, authors’ biographies, contents)], [1 (blank)], 56, [2 (illustration, picture credits and bibliography)]. First quire printed on brown paper stock. 7 monochrome illustrations in the text, 2 full-page, and 51 colour-printed photographic illustrations in the text, 12 full-page. (Very occasional light offsetting.) Original white boards, upper board and spine lettered in blue, blue endpapers, colour-printed dustwrapper. (Extremities lightly bumped, spine darkened, some cracking of bookblock, dustwrapper lightly marked and darkened on spine, edges slightly rubbed and creased at edges.) A very good copy. Provenance: Stephen John Keynes OBE, FLS (1927-2017).
First edition, second impression. In 1966 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation undertook an expedition to the Galapagos Islands for the series Nature of Things, shown on Canadian television in autumn of the same year. ‘This present volume, Darwin and the Galapagos, produced in conjunction with the TV series, opens with an appreciation of the life and work of Charles Darwin, written by the Canadian scholar, writer, and broadcaster, Lister Sinclair. The second part presents an account of the islands themselves, written by John Livingston, a noted naturalist, executive producer of CBC science programs, and the leader of the CBC expedition’ (dustwrapper blurb).
The chapters cover ‘The Islands’, ‘The Colonists’, ‘The New Beings’, ‘The Finches’, ‘The Gulls’, ‘The Marine Lizards’, and ‘The Flightless Ones’ (i.e. penguins). Perhaps especially interesting are the final chapters –‘The Dangers’ and ‘The Future’ – the latter mentioning the establishment of the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos.
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