The Malay Archipelago - Volume I - A Narrative Of Travel By Alfred Russel Wallace.





























































 - THE MALAY ARCHIPELAGO

VOLUME I

By

ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE.


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THE MALAY ARCHIPELAGO

VOLUME I

By

ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE.

The land of the orang-utan, and the bird or paradise.

A narrative of travel, with sketches of man and nature.

To CHARLES DARWIN,

AUTHOR OF "THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES,"

I dedicate this book, Not only as a token of personal esteem and friendship But also To express my deep admiration For His genius and his works.

PREFACE.

My readers will naturally ask why I have delayed writing this book for six years after my return; and I feel bound to give them full satisfaction on this point.

When I reached England in the spring of 1862, I found myself surrounded by a room full of packing cases containing the collections that I had, from time to time, sent home for my private use. These comprised nearly three thousand birdskins of about one thousand species, at least twenty thousand beetles and butterflies of about seven thousand species, and some quadrupeds and land shells besides. A large proportion of these I had not seen for years, and in my then weakened state of health, the unpacking, sorting, and arranging of such a mass of specimens occupied a long time.

I very soon decided that until I had done something towards naming and describing the most important groups in my collection, and had worked out some of the more interesting problems of variation and geographical distribution (of which I had had glimpses while collecting them), I would not attempt to publish my travels.

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