The Malay Archipelago : The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. A Narrative of Travel. With Studies of Man and Nature. [First Edition, Morrell binding]. Alfred Russel Wallace.
The Malay Archipelago : The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. A Narrative of Travel. With Studies of Man and Nature. [First Edition, Morrell binding]

The Malay Archipelago : The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. A Narrative of Travel. With Studies of Man and Nature. [First Edition, Morrell binding]

London: Macmillan and Co., 1869. 1st edition, first issue, two volumes, octavo, Vol.I: pp.xxiii, (i, illus), 478; Vol.II: pp.(v), 524, prev owner's inscr (Heneage Wynne-Finch) to ffep of each volume, half-titles and b&w fronts. and plates in both vols, two tinted folding maps to first volume, light wear to inner hinge of second volume, some very light foxing, ribbon markers, a.e.g., rebacked by Cottage Bindery in the original contemporary leather boards by Morrell Bindery, blind-tooled with gilt borders, decorated dentelles and marbled end-papers. The binder's stamp (Morrell Binder) to ffep of each volume. A very nice clean set of the first edition.

Rare first edition of one of the 19th century's best scientific travel books published in 1869. Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) was a British naturalist who undertook extensive fieldwork 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. During his travels, Wallace independently formulated the theory of evolution by natural selection. His letter to Darwin in 1858 outlining his ideas persuaded Darwin into publishing 'On the Origins of Species'. Wallace dedicates the present work to Darwin 'as a token of personal esteem and friendship [and] also to express my deep admiration for his genius and his works'. Item #98010

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