WALLACE, Alfred Russel. The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. A Narrative of Travel, with Studies of Man and Nature. Macmillan and Co., 1906.
8vo. Original green cloth,gilt emblem to upper board, gilt lettering to spine; pp. xx + 515, 8 wood-engraved plates inc. frontispiece, 2 folding maps, other maps and text illustrations; a little dust-staining to margin of folding map, otherwise a very good copy indeed.
Tenth edition (first published in 2 vols., 1869). DNB: "A magnificent combination of interesting sketches of travel and vivid pictures of natural history, together with a discussion of the great generalizations of evolutionary biology". The author spent eight years away from England, "but as I travelled about fourteen thousand miles within the Archipelago, and made sixty or seventy separate journeys, each involving some preparation and loss of time, I do not think that more than six years were really occupied in collecting." (Preface). The author goes on to say that his collections comprised 125,660 speciments of natural history. "On the basis of artistic format, literary style, and scientific merit, it is clearly one of the finest scientific travel books ever written." (Dictionary of Scientific Biography).