Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters from the Malay Archipelago
OUP Oxford, 24. okt. 2013 - 319 strani
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), 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.
Druge izdaje - Prikaži vse
abundant Alfred Amazon Amboyna April arrived Arru Batchian beautiful beetles Birds of Paradise Borneo Bouru butterflies Celebes Ceram Charles Darwin Coleoptera collection collector colln colour Darwin to Wallace dear December Dorey Dutch England February Frances Sims Frederick Bates genera genus George Silk Gilolo Guinea Henry Walter Bates Hooker hope insects interesting island James Brooke Java John July letter live Lombock Longicorns Lyell Macassar Malacca Malay Archipelago March Marchant Mary Ann Wallace Menado miles Moluccas months Museum Natural History naturalist never November number of species Ornithoptera paper Papilio Philip Lutley Sclater pretty Printed published Royal Geographical Society Samuel Stevens Sarawak sent Singapore Society of London specimens stay steamer Ternate Ternate essay things Thomas Sims Timor tropics voyage Waigiou Wallace to Frances Wallace to Henry Wallace to Samuel Wallace’s write Zoological Society Zoologist