The Galapagos Islands
* Highly recommended.
** May be available only in Quito at Libri Mundi Book Shop.
Beebe, William Galapagos: World's End. New York: Dover Publications, 1924. The romantic account of a scientific expedition sponsored by the New York Zoological Society.
Crow, John. The Epic of Latin America. Third Edition, 1980. A big book on a big topic, but you can pick and choose the chapters.
*Darwin, Charles The Voyage of the Beagle . London: John Murray, 1845.
Darwin, Charles The Origin of Species. London: John Murray, 1859.
Eibl-Eibesfeldt, Irenaus Galapagos: The Noah's Ark of the Pacific. New York: Doubleday, 1961.
Farb, Nathan, and Michael Jackson. Galapagos. New York: Rizzoli International Publications Inc., 1989. Maybe the best photos of the big photo books. Also, at $60, the most expensive.
Fjeldse, Jon, and Niels Krabbe. Birds of the High Andes. The Zoological Museum of the University of Copenhagen, 1990. 850 pages, for the serious birder.
Grant, Peter R. Ecology and Evolution of Darwin's Finches. Princeton University Press, 1986.
Green Clive. Birding Ecuador. Available through the American Birding Association. A guide to the top birding spots around Ecuador, including bird lists for each.
*Grove, Jack Stein and Robert J. Lavenberg The Fishes of The Galapagos. Stanford University Press, 1997. An extraordinary record, twenty years in the writing; 936 pages, 521 illustrations. $125.00.
*Harris, M.P. A Field Guide to the Birds of the Galapagos . London: Collins, 1974.
**Hickin, N. Animal Life of the Galapagos . Quito, Ecuador: Libri Mundi, 1979.
Hilty, Steven L., and William L. Brown A Guide to the Birds of Colombia, Princeton University Press, 1986. Until there's a guide to Ecuador, this is the one to use.
**Humann, Paul. Galapagos: A Terrestrial and Marine Phenomenon. Quito: Ediciones Libri Mundi, 1988.
*Jackson, Michael H. Galapagos - A Natural History Guide , Calgary, Alberta: The University of Calgary Press, 1985.
Lewin, R. and S.A. Thompson Darwin's Forgotten World. London: Bison Books, 1978.
Melville, Herman. "The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles," The Shorter Novels of Herman Melville. New York: Fawcett Publications, 1967. He found them more cursed than enchanted.
Merlin, Godfrey. Field Guide to the Fishes of Galapagos. London: Wilmot Books, 1988.
*Miller, Tom. The Panama Hat Trail. New York: Vintage Books, 1986. About the only book around that gives you a glimpse of the life and times of modern Ecuador.
Nelson, Bryan. Galapagos: Islands of Birds. New York: William Morrow. All about the life and times of the sea birds of Galapagos.
Patzett, Erwin. Fauna del Ecuador. Quito: Banco Central del Ecuador, 1988. Only available in Quito, and as you may have noticed, in Spanish. But it's all there is at the moment on the animals of the area.
Perry, R. The Galapagos Islands. New York: Mead, Dodd, 1972.
Perry, R., ed. Galapagos - Key Environments. Oxford: Pergamon, 1984.
Rogers, Barbara Radcliffe. Galapagos. Mallard Press, 1990. A coffee-table photo book, with very informative text as well.
Salwen, Peter. Galapagos: The Lost Paradise. Image Bank, 1989. Coffee-table photo book.
Schofield, Eileen K. Plants of the Galapagos Islands. New York: Universe Books, 1984. A field guide to the plants.
Thorton, Ian. Darwin's Islands: A Natural History of the Galapagos. New York: The Natural History Press, 1971.
Weiner, Jonathan. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. New York: Knopf, 1994. Two biologists study and record evolution in action among Darwin's finches.
Wiggins, Ira L. and Duncan M. Porter. Flora of the Galapagos Islands. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1971.
Wittmer, Margaret. Floreana. Shropshire, England: Anthony Nelson Ltd., 1989. An account of the mysteries of Floreana, by the grand dame of Galapagos.
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