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The Malay Archipelago (2-Volume Set): The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. A Narrative of Travel, with Studies of Man and Nature

Biography / Memoir

Series: The Malay Archipelago

1002 pages, 54 b/w illustrations, 10 b/w maps

Cambridge University Press

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Paperback | Nov 2010 | #200697 | ISBN-13: 9781108022835
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About this book

A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist who is best remembered as the co-discoverer, with Darwin, of natural selection. His extensive fieldwork and advocacy of the theory of evolution led to him being considered one of the nineteenth century's foremost evolutionary theorists. These volumes, first published in 1869, contain Wallace's acclaimed and highly influential account of extensive fieldwork he undertook in modern Indonesia, Malaysia and New Guinea between 1854 and 1862. Wallace describes his travels around the island groups, describing the unusual animals and insects he encountered and providing ethnographic descriptions of the indigenous peoples. Wallace's analysis of biogeographic patterns in Indonesia (later termed the Wallace Line) profoundly influenced contemporary and later evolutionary and geologic thought concerning both Indonesia and other areas of the world where similar patterns were found.


Volume 1:
1. Physical geography
2. Singapore
3. Malacca and Mount Ophir
4. Borneo - the orang-utan
5. Borneo - journey in the interior
6. Borneo - the Dyaks
7. Java
8. Sumatra
9. Natural history of the Indo-Malay islands
10. Bali and Lombock
11. Lombock - manners and customs
12. How the rajah took the census
13. Timor
14. Natural history of the Timor Group
15. Celebes - Macassar
16. Celebes - Macassar
17. Celebes - Menado
18. Natural history of Celebes
19. Banda
20. Amboyna

Volume 2:
21. Ternate
22. Gilolo
23. Voyage to the Kaioa Islands and Batchian
24. Batchian
25. Ceram, Goram, and the Matabello Islands
26. Bouru
27. The natural history of the Moluccas
28. Macassar to the Aru Islands in a native prau
29. The Ke Islands
30. The Aru Islands - residence in Dobbo
31. The Aru Islands - journey and residence in the interior
32. The Aru Islands - second residence in Dobbo
33. The Aru Islands - physical geography and aspects of nature
34. New Guinea - Dorey
35. Voyage from Ceram to Waigiou
36. Waigiou
37. Voyage from Waigiou to Ternate
38. The birds of paradise
39. Natural history of the Papuan Islands
40. The races of man in the Malay Archipelago

Appendix on crania and languages

Reviews (1)

Great piece with terrible quality for huge money
By Michal 20 Dec 2016 Unconfirmed Purchase Written for Paperback

The books are trying to look like original publication written by AR Wallace, unfortunately for all of us, who bought it and rely on the good name of Cambrigde University Press and high price... it's terrible... cheap and terrible quality of maps (dark and unreadable), missing maps and pictures, cheap black-and-white look... it's obvious that Cambridge University Press spared their money where it was possible and think how authentic it is :-(

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