The Malay Archipelago: Volume 1

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

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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.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 28 b/w illus. 5 maps
  • 1139927728
  • 9781139927727

Table of contents

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.
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