WALLACE, Alfred Russel. The Geographical Distribution of Animals with a Study of the Relations of Living and Extinct Faunas as elucidating the Past Changes of the Earth's Surface. Macmillan and Co., 1876.
8vo. 2 vols. Original green cloth gilt, t.e.g; pp. xxiv, 503, xi, 607; 7 coloured maps, 20 wood-eng. plates; a little occasional foxing, else a very good set.
First edition. D.N.B. - "Wallace's most solid work was, perhaps, that on geographical distribution. Here he strengthened with various new arguments J.D. Dana's principle of the permanence of the great ocean basins; pointed out how dispersal of temperate and Arctic faunas could take place along mountain-chains; laid stress on the cumulative effect of snow-fall and ice-accumulation in accentuating the temperature changes which led to glacial epochs; and was emphatic in support of a single system of zoo-geographical regions for the distribution of all groups of animals. His zoo-geographical work was fundamental for all subsequent investigations in this field. He himself expressed the hope that his book on the geographical distribution of animals might bear 'a similar relation to the eleventh and twelfth chapters of the Origin of Species as Mr. Darwin's Animals and Plants under Domestication bears to the first' - a hope which has been fully justified."