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Third edition. 2 folding maps & 8 plates, with further maps & illustrations in the text. 8vo. Original green cloth, gilt; very good. pp. xvi 653, 2 ads. London, MacMillan & Co., [February] Seldom found, this is the first single volume edition, the book remained in this format until the 1890 tenth edition, when Wallace added a new preface and many footnotes. Wallace set out for the Amazon with Bates in April 1848, parting with his companion some two years later and returning to England in 1852. On the voyage home however his ship was destroyed by fire and although the ship's compliment was rescued, Wallace's collections and notes were destroyed. In later life he claimed however that this event had been of enormous importance as it had stimulated him to visit the Malay Archipelago which he looked upon as a rich field for the young collector. Wallace began his eight year journey in 1854 visiting each of the islands in the archipelago, some more than once. Perhaps his most important discovery being that the archipelago is zoologically divided into two by the deep water straight (Wallace's Line) between Bali and Lombok. As his journey progressed so Wallace become a confirmed evolutionist. However it was not until he was suffering from a fever in the Moluccas that he came up with the theory of natural selection as the method of evolution. Putting his ideas down on paper over the following two days after which Wallace sent them off to Charles Darwin, the result being their joint paper which was given to the Linnean Society on 1st July, 1858. Returning to London in 1862, Wallace sold sufficient of his collections to obtain income of some £300 per year from the capital raised and began work on The Malay Archipelago which was published in 1869 (ODNB). N° de ref. de la librería
Título: The Malay Archipelago:the Land of the ...
Año de publicación: 1872
Descripción Macmillan and Co, London, 1906. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Some spotting and wear to green cloth binding. Shading to endpapers. 515 pages. Black-and-white illustrations. 10th edition. 2 fold-out maps near front. Nº de ref. de la librería 107210