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FOX, Caroline.
Memories of Old Friends Being Extracts from The Journals and Letters of Caroline Fox of Penjerrick, Cornwall From 1835 to 1871. Edited by HORACE N. PYM.

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pp. xxvii, (i), 355, (i). Portrait frontispiece by Herkomer. Quarter vellum and marbled boards, uncut, some foxing at the front else a very good copy.

*CAROLINE FOX [1819-1871], daughter of Robert Were Fox, scientist and inventor, centre of a circle of scientists and literary figures of the day, and especially those with connections to travel and exploration. The diary entry for 1836, Oct.3 - 'Captain Fitz-Roy came to tea. He returned yesterday from a five years' voyage, in H.M.S. Beagle, of scientific research round the world, and is going to write a book..... He stayed until after eleven, and is a most agreeable, gentlemanlike young man. He has had a most delightful voyage, and made many discoveries, as there were several scientific men on board. Darwin, the 'fly-catcher' and 'stone-pounder', has decided that the coral insects do not work up from the bottom of the sea against wind and tide, but that the reef is first thrown up by a volcano, and they then surmount it, after which it gradually sinks. This is proved by their never finding coral insects alive beyond the depth of ten feet. He is astonished at the wonderful strides everything has made during the five years afore-passed.'

Smith, Elder. London.

Date Published: 1882. LARGE PAPER.

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