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The Malay Archipelago

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Published by Kessinger Publishing .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • History of science,
  • Science,
  • Science/Mathematics,
  • History

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages228
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8481849M
    ISBN 101419171399
    ISBN 109781419171390

    Contemporary[ edit ] The Malay Archipelago was warmly received on publication, often in lengthy reviews that attempted to summarise the book, from the perspective that suited the reviewing periodical. In contrast to the few mammals, there are at least bird species, more than all of Europe, which hadbut of these just three groups — parrots, kingfishers and pigeons — make up nearly a third, compared to only a twentieth of the birds of India. The traveller, however, soon acquires different ideas. Radau notes the many deaths from volcanic eruptions in the archipelago, before explaining the similarity of the fauna of Java and Sumatra with that of central Asia, while that of the Celebes carries the mark of Australia, seeming to be the last representatives of another age. Most flowers are green; large and showy flowers are rare or absent. The Malay Archipelago is undoubtedly the classic work on the flora, fauna and peoples of the area which is now called Malaysia and Indonesia.

    The other mammals are marsupialso, he presumes, true natives. Despite shooting dead its mother warning: there is little remorse for killing in the name of science he shows incredible compassion and affection for an injured and orphaned infant orang-utan: When handled or nursed, it was very quiet and contented, but when laid down by itself it would invariably cry. Whether we study their form and distribution on maps, or actually travel from island to island, our first impression will be that they form a connected whole, all the parts of which are intimately related to each other. About this title The Malay Archipelago, the classic account of Victorian naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace's travels through Southeast Asia, first appeared in and has been much loved by generations of readers ever since. Of course, many birds and animals were shot and killed—the orang-utan being the most famous. The account notes that Wallace was the joint originator of the theory of natural selection, and summarises the discovery of the Wallace line in some detail.

    And in Celebes, men run amokgenerally killing a dozen people before meeting their own death. The aim of our publishing program is to facilitate rapid access to this vast reservoir of literature, and our view is that this is a significant literary work, which deserves to be brought back into print after many decades. The author was co-discoverer of evolution, together with Darwin. From the extreme eastern bend of this belt at Banda, we pass onwards for 1, miles over a non-volcanic district to the volcanoes observed by Dampier, inon the north-eastern coast of New Guinea, and can there trace another volcanic belt, through New Britain, New Ireland, and the Solomon Islands, to the eastern limits of the Archipelago. He reflects on how their beauty is wasted in the "dark and gloomy woods, with no intelligent eye to gaze upon their loveliness", but that when "civilized man" reaches the islands he will certainly upset the balance of nature and make the birds extinct.


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The Malay Archipelago book

His writing is vivid and evocative, in particular, the extensive descriptions of the birds he caught, dissected or studied. In contrast to the few mammals, there are at least bird species, more than all of Europe, which hadbut of these just three groups — parrots, kingfishers and pigeons — make up nearly a third, compared to only a twentieth of the birds of India.

Joseph Barnard Davis's book Thesaurus Craniorum, which supposed that human races could be distinguished by the shape of the cranium, the dome of the skull, of which theory Wallace is sceptical. He reflects on how their beauty is wasted in the "dark and The Malay Archipelago book woods, with no intelligent eye to gaze upon their loveliness", but that when "civilized man" reaches the islands he will certainly upset the balance of nature and make the birds extinct.

New Guinea is usually arbitrarily included in the Malay Archipelago, though the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the northwest and the Bismarck Archipelago in the east are not.

Read More Community Reviews 5. Manufacturing is not greatly developed. He points out the same principle between the British Isles and continental Europe, though there the conclusion is rather that the same fauna and flora is found on both sides. The dedication to Charles Darwin from the frontispiece of The Malay Archipelago Wallace begins The Malay Archipelago with this evocative description of the region: If we look at a globe or a map of the eastern hemisphere we shall percieve between Asia and Australia a number of large and small islands, forming a connected group distinct from those great masses of land, and having little connection with either of them.

Wherever he goes, he gets on warmly with his hosts, observes their talents, enjoys their kindnesses and is patient with their apparent shortcomings. Thanks for subscribing.

He buys a prau and surprises the people by fitting it out himself, using tools "of the best London make", but lacking a large drill the holes have to be made, very slowly, by boring with hot iron rods. He is excited despite the danger of a 1,mile km voyage in a ton Bugis prau with a crew of 50, considering the islands the " Ultima Thule of the East".

He suggests they could live well if released in the Palm House at Kew Gardens. The richest of fruits and the most precious of spices are here indigenous.

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To the ordinary Englishman this is perhaps the least-known part of the globe. He learns to live and work "in a semi-horizontal position"; [P 33] he is the first white man to come to the island. I have been able to prove this in considerable detail by my observations on the natural history of the various parts of the Archipelago; and as in the description of my travels and residence in the several islands I shall have to refer continually to this view, and adduce facts in support of it, I have thought it advisable to commence with a general sketch of such of the main features of the Malayan region as will render the facts hereafter brought forward more interesting, and their bearing on the general question more easily understood.Get this from a library!

The Malay Archipelago (book)

The Malay Archipelago. [Alfred Russel Wallace; Tony Whitten] -- There is a wealth of detail about pre-modern life in the Indonesian archipelago which Wallace accumulated on over 60 separate journeys spanning some 14, miles.

He was equally fascinated by the. The Malay Archipelago. Art. VI.-THE MALAY ARCHIPELAGO.* By REV. J. K. WIGHT. New Hamburg, N. Y. RENEWED attention will doubtless be drawn to this book because of the more recent and elaborate work by the same distinguished author, the title of which we give in full below, and which is an attempt to collect and summarize the existing.

Mar 01,  · The Malay Archipelago, Volume 2 The Land of the Orang-utan and the Bird of Paradise; A Narrative of Travel, with Studies of Man and Nature Language: English: LoC Class: DS: History: General and Eastern Hemisphere: Asia: Subject: Natural history -- Malay Archipelago Subject: Ethnology -- Malay Archipelago Subject: Malay Archipelago.

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The Malay Archipelago

Malay Archipelago, great island group of SE Asia, formerly called the East Indies. Lying between the Asian mainland and Australia, and separating the Pacific Ocean from the Indian Ocean, it includes Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and E Malaysia.

Malay Archipelago the world’s largest group of islands, situated between. The Malay Archipelago. Alfred Russel Wallace. Periplus, - Nature - pages.

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This book is still one of the great classics of natural history and travel. It contains Wallace's observations of the different native people inhabiting the islands: descriptions of the island groupings, such as the Indo-Malays, the Timors, the Celebes 4/5(1).