Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters from the Malay Archipelago

Paperback | October 3, 2015

EditorJohn van Wyhe, Kees Rookmaaker

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This 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). it was these travels which led him to come independently to the same conclusionas Charles Darwin: that evolution occurs through natural selection. Beautifully written, the letters 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 toa 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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This 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). it was these travels which led him to come independently to the same conclusionas Charles Darwin: that evolution occurs thro...

John van Wyhe is a historian of science, Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Biological Sciences and History, and a Fellow of Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore. He is the founder and Director of Darwin Online and Wallace Online, Professorial Fellow of Charles Darwin University, Fellow of the Linnean Society of L...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.06 inPublished:October 3, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199684006

ISBN - 13:9780199684007

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David Attenborough: ForewordIntroductionEngland to Singapore and Malacca, 4 March-16 October 1854Borneo, 17 October 1854-23 May 1856Bali, Lombock and Celebes, 23 May-16 December 1856Aru and Amboyna, 17 December 1856-7 January 1858Ternate and New Guinea, 8 January-8 October 1858Batchian and Ternate, 9 October 1858 - 9 June 1859Menado, Amboyna and Ceram, 10 June 1859 - 16 June 1860Waigiou, Ternate, Timor, 17 June 1860 - 5 July 1861Java, Sumatra and back home, 6 July 1861 - 31 March 1862