The Malay Archipelago

The Malay Archipelago

by Alfred Russel Wallace
     
 

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Alfred Russel Wallace's The Malay Archipelago is a work of astounding breadth and originality that chronicles the British naturalist's scientific exploration of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and New Guinea between 1854 and 1862. An intrepid explorer who earned his living by collecting bird skins, Wallace also cataloged the vast number of plant and animal

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Alfred Russel Wallace's The Malay Archipelago is a work of astounding breadth and originality that chronicles the British naturalist's scientific exploration of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and New Guinea between 1854 and 1862. An intrepid explorer who earned his living by collecting bird skins, Wallace also cataloged the vast number of plant and animal species that inhabited this unique geographical area. In addition he includes numerous observations on the people, their languages and ways of living and social organization as well as geological insights into the nature and activity of volcanoes and the destructive force of nature. Colorful personal anecdotes based on experiences during his travels also pepper the text. First published in 1869, [i]The Malay Archipelago[/i] provided some of the initial evidence of the modern theory of evolution. Discursive, captivating, occasionally offensive, but always wonderfully descriptive, The Malay Archipelago remains one of the most extensive works of natural history ever compiled.

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"One of the great classics of travel literature. It is indeed good news that Oxford University Press has now made available a handsome new edition of the book . . . . Natural scientists and anthropologists, in addition to being entertained, will find a vast store of scientific facts, many of which can no longer be observed firsthand." --Science Books and Films

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906780029
Publisher:
John Beaufoy Publishing
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
Stanfords Travel Classics
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

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Alfred Russel Wallace was a British naturalist and explorer. He is best known for proposing a theory of natural selection which is believed to have prompted Charles Darwin to publish his own theory.Wallace performed extensive fieldwork, first in the Amazon River basin and then in the Malay Archipelago.

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