Monday, August 8, 2011

Book: The Malay Archipelago

The Malay Archipelago, Alfred Russel Wallace
The Malay Archipelago is a book by the British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist Alfred Russel Wallace that chronicles his scientific exploration of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and New Guinea between 1854 and 1862. Its full title was The Malay Archipelago: The land of the orang-utan, and the bird of paradise. A narrative of travel, with sketches of man and nature. It was first published in 1869, The Malay Archipelago is one of the most extensive works of natural history ever compiled.

Wallace (8 January 1823–7 November 1913) narrates some of his personal experiences during his travels, includes numerous observations on the people, their languages, ways of living, and social organization, as well as on the plants and animals found in each location.

He has collected the thousands of specimens. He describes the physical geography and geology of the islands with particular attention to the role of volcanoes and earthquakes. It also discusses the overall pattern of the flora and fauna including the fact that the islands can be divided, by what would eventually become known as the Wallace line, into 2 parts, those whose animals are more closely related to those of Asia and those whose fauna is closer to that of Australia.

Contents:
Physical Geography
THE MOLUCCAS
INDOMALAY ISLANDS II Singapore
Malacca and Mount Ophir
BorneoThe OrangUtan
BorneoJourney in the Interior
BorneoThe Dyaks
Java
Teknatk
Gilolo
Voyage to the Kaioa Islands and Batchian
Batchian
Cekam Goram and the Matabello Islands
Bouru
The Natural History of the Moluccas
Macassar to the Aru Islands in a Native Prau
Sumatra
Natural History of the IndoMalay Islands
THE TIMOR GROUP X Bali and Lombock
LombockManners and Customs
LombockHow the Rajah took the Census
Timor
Natural History of the Timor Group
THE CELEBES GROUP XV CelebesMacassar
CelebesMacassar
CelebesMenado
Natural History of Celebes
CHAP PAGE XIX BanDA
Amboyna
The Ke Islands
The Aru IslandsResidence in Dobbo
The Aru IslandsJourney and Residence in the Interior
The Aru IslandsSecond Residence in Dobbo
The Aru IslandsPhysical Geography and Aspects of Nature
New GuineaDorey
Voyage from Ceram to Waigiou
Voyage from Waigiou to Ternate
The Birds of Paradise
Natural History of the Papuan Islands
The Races of Man in the Malay Archipelago
INDEX

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