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    DescriptionThis volume brings together the letters of the great Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) during his famous travels of 1854-62 in the Malay Archipelago (now Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia), which led him to come independently to the same conclusion as Charles Darwin: that evolution occurs through natural selection. Beautifully written, they are filled with lavish descriptions of the remote regions he explored, the peoples, and fascinating details of the many new species of mammals, birds, and insects he discovered during his time there. John van Wyhe and Kees Rookmaaker present new transcriptions of each of the letters, including recently discovered letters that shed light on the voyage and on questions such as Wallace's reluctance to publish on evolution, and why he famously chose to write to Darwin rather than to send his work to a journal directly. A revised account of Wallace's itinerary based on new research by the editors forms part of an introduction that sets the context of the voyage, and the volume includes full notes to all letters. Together the letters form a remarkable and vivid document of one of the most important journeys of the 19th century by a great Victorian naturalist.


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    Title
    Alfred Russel Wallace
    Subtitle
    Letters from the Malay Archipelago
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sir David Attenborough, Edited by John Van Wyhe, Edited by Kees Rookmaaker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 46 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199683994
    ISBN 10: 0199683999
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FMM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: PSAJ
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 08
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PSV
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16750
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: 1FMM, 3JH
    LC subject heading: ,
    Libri: MALA8000
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    DC23: 576.82092
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QH31.W2 A4 2013
    DC22: 508.3164/73
    Thema V1.0: PSV, PDX, PSAJ, PDZ
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MN
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FMM
    Illustrations note
    A number of black and white illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    01 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Kees Rookmaaker is a biologist specialising in the history of zoology. He has worked for the past eight years on Darwin and Wallace, including bibliography and transcriptions of notebooks and letters. He has also edited detailed surveys of all letters received by the Museum of Zoology, University in Cambridge during the 19th century. He is the author of over 200 papers and several books. He received the Founder's Medal of the Society for the History of Natural History.
    Review quote
    The book is a valuable addition to the literature on Wallace. The editing is scrupulous and detailed but not intrusive. The texts have been retranscribed and corrected. The illustrations are attractive and judiciously chosen. This is an excellent introduction to the formative years. Peter Raby, Literary Review
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