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The Malay Archipelago, Volume 1: 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 Volume: 1

By: Alfred Russel Wallace(Author)

478 pages, 28 b/w illustrations, 5 b/w maps

Cambridge University Press

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Paperback | Nov 2010 | #200699 | ISBN-13: 9781108022811
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About this book

Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist 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 biologists. 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, depicting 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 geological thought concerning both Indonesia and other areas of the world where similar patterns were found. Volume 1 covers the islands of Indonesia and Malaysia.


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

Reviews (1)

Great piece with terrible quality for huge money
By Michal 20 Dec 2016 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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