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The Malay Archipelago
Alfred Russel Wallace (1823–1913)
 
Malay Archipelago, The, by Alfred Russel Wallace (1869), is divided into five sections, each of which treats of a naturalist’s travels and observations in one of the groups of the Malay Archipelago. The sections are named: ‘The Indo-Malay Islands,’ ‘The Timor Group,’ ‘Celebes,’ ‘The Moluccan Group,’ and ‘The Papuan Group.’ The author traveled more than fourteen thousand miles within the Archipelago, making sixty or seventy separate journeys, and collecting over 125,000 specimens of natural history, covering about eight thousand species.  1
  The records of these journeys, which are arranged with reference to material collected, instead of to chronology, are delightful. Besides the valuable scientific notes, there are most interesting accounts of the islanders and the dwellers on the neighboring mainland, their manners and customs. The style is felicitous, making a scientific treatise as fascinating to read as a story.  2
 
 
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