The Malay Archipelago

The Land of the Orang-Utan and the Bird of Paradise
Alfred Russel Wallace
Introduced by George Beccaloni
Preface by Steve Jones

A milestone in the theory of evolution and one of the greatest books of 19th-century historic travel, this lavish two-volume edition brings together a wealth of illustrative material.

‘The book is magnificent – very many congratulations to you and your team! It is undoubtedly the finest edition of MA ever produced and I really can't see how it could have been bettered... I am truly honoured to have been involved in its production!’

  1. George Beccaloni

Alfred Russel Wallace was, with Charles Darwin, the co-discoverer of the theory of evolution through natural selection, and The Malay Archipelago is celebrated for the impulse it gave to the formulation and first publication of the theory in 1858. Wallace spent eight years in South East Asia, travelling from Singapore to the western edges of New Guinea, collecting beetles, birds and butterflies. The undertaking was phenomenal (14,000 miles of travel, 110,000 insects, 8,000 birds, 500 mammals and reptiles, 5,000 species new to science and the first living birds of paradise), and as Wallace battled through jungles, rivers and mountains, sickness, near-starvation and encounters with headhunters, he made discoveries about the workings of biology that have shaped our view of the world ever since. This edition brings together all the illustrative materials connected with Wallace and his Malay trip, including Wallace's own watercolours and many rarely seen pieces only previously published in 19th-century zoological journals. 

‘There is no more admirable character in the history of science’

  1. Sir David Attenborough

Bound in blocked cloth

Set in Dante

Volume one: 392 pages; volume two: 352 pages

Frontispiece and 32 pages of colour plates in each volume, and 60 integrated black & white illustrations in total

Blocked slipcase

9½˝ x 6¼"

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