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THE

MALAY ARCHIPELAGO:

THE LAND OF THE ORANG-UTAN, AND THE BIRD OF PARADISE

A NARRATIVE OF TRAVEL,

WITH STUDIES OF MAN AND NATURE

BY ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE

LONDON:
MACMILLAN AND CO.

1883

*****

BOOKS' DESCRIPTION: Original Publisher's cloth, xvi, 653pp, ads. Folding maps and plates (all present as called for - see photos)

CONDITIONVERY GOOD+. A near fine copy. Some very minor wear to head and tail of spine but generally very clean.  Binding secure with original endpapers so beautifully restored that the work is barely visible. No previous names or inks.  A very clean copy throughout with no marks and very little foxing/browning - occasional spots only. Folding maps are very clean. A bright copy of Wallace's most important work which can be hard to find in good original cloth.

Full PREFACE, CONTENTS and ILLUSTRATIONS list after the photos below.

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Alfred Russel Wallace, OM, FRS (1823 – 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection, which prompted Charles Darwin to publish his own ideas in On the Origin of Species.

The Malay Archipelago  - which is dedicated to Charles Darwin (see photo) - chronicles Wallace's scientific exploration, during the eight-year period 1854 to 1862, of the southern portion of the Malay Archipelago including Malaysia, Singapore, the islands of Indonesia, then known as the Dutch East Indies, and the island of New Guinea. It was published in two volumes in 1869, delayed by Wallace's ill health and the work needed to describe the many specimens he brought home. The book went through ten editions in the nineteenth century; it has been reprinted many times since, and has been translated into at least eight languages.

The book described each island that he visited in turn, giving a detailed account of its physical and human geography, its volcanoes, and the variety of animals and plants that he found and collected. At the same time, he describes his experiences, the difficulties of travel, and the help he received from the different peoples that he met. The preface notes that he travelled over 14,000 miles and collected 125,660 natural history specimens, mostly of insects though also with thousands of molluscs, birds, mammals and reptiles.

The Malay Archipelago attracted many reviews, with interest from scientific, geographic, church and general periodicals. Reviewers noted and sometimes disagreed with various of his theories, especially the division of fauna and flora along what soon became known as the Wallace line, natural selection and uniformitarianism. Nearly all agreed that he had provided an interesting and comprehensive account of the geography, natural history, and peoples of the archipelago, which was little known to their readers at the time, and that he had collected an astonishing number of specimens. The book is much cited, and is Wallace's most successful, both commercially and as a piece of literature.

 

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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 bird-skins, of about a thousand species; and at least twenty thousand beetles and butterflies, of about seven thousand species; besides some quadrupeds and land-shells. A large proportion of these I had not seen for years; and in my then weak 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. I could, indeed, at once have printed my notes and journals, leaving all reference to questions of natural history for a future work; but I felt that this would be as unsatisfactory to myself, as it would be disappointing to my friends, and uninstructive to the public.

Since my return, up to this date, I have published eighteen papers, in the Transactions or Proceedings of the Linnæan Zoological and Entomological Societies, describing or cataloguing portions of my collections; besides twelve others in various scientific periodicals, on more general subjects connected with them.

Nearly two thousand of my Coleoptera, and many hundreds of my butterflies, have been already described by various eminent naturalists, British and foreign; but a much larger number remains undescribed. Among those to whom science is most indebted for this laborious work, I must name Mr. F. P. Pascoe, late President of the Entomological Society of London, who has almost completed the classification and description of my large collection of Longicorn beetles (now in his possession), comprising more than a thousand species, of which at least nine hundred were previously undescribed, and new to European cabinets.

The remaining orders of insects, comprising probably more than two thousand species, are in the collection of Mr. William Wilson Saunders, who has caused the larger portion of them to be described by good entomologists. The Hymenoptera alone amounted to more than nine hundred species, among which were two hundred and eighty different kinds of ants, of which two hundred were new.

The six years' delay in publishing my travels thus enables me to give, what I hope may be an interesting and instructive sketch of the main results yet arrived at by the study of my collections; and as the countries I have to describe are not much visited or written about, and their social and physical conditions are not liable to rapid change, I believe and hope that my readers will gain much more than they will lose, by not having read my book six years ago, and by this time perhaps forgotten all about it.

I must now say a few words on the plan of my work.

My journeys to the various islands were regulated by the seasons and the means of conveyance. I visited some islands two or three times at distant intervals, and in some cases had to make the same voyage four times over. A chronological arrangement would have puzzled my readers. They would never have known where they were; and my frequent references to the groups of islands, classed in accordance with the peculiarities of their animal productions and of their human inhabitants, would have been hardly intelligible. I have adopted, therefore, a geographical, zoological, and ethnological arrangement, passing from island to island in what seems the most natural succession, while I transgress the order in which I myself visited them as little as possible.

I divide the Archipelago into five groups of islands, as follow:—

I. THE INDO-MALAY ISLANDS: comprising the Malay Peninsula and Singapore, Borneo, Java, and Sumatra.

II. THE TIMOR GROUP: comprising the islands of Timor, Flores, Sumbawa, and Lombock, with several smaller ones.

III. CELEBES: comprising also the Sula Islands and Bouton.

IV. THE MOLUCCAN GROUP: comprising Bouru, Ceram, Batchian, Gilolo, and Morty; with the smaller islands of Ternate, Tidore, Makian, Kaióa, Amboyna, Banda, Goram, and Matabello.

V. THE PAPUAN GROUP: comprising the great island of New Guinea, with the Aru Islands, Mysol, Salwatty, Waigiou, and several others. The Ké Islands are described with this group on account of their ethnology, though zoologically and geographically they belong to the Moluccas.

The chapters relating to the separate islands of each of these groups are followed by one on the Natural History of that group; and the work may thus be divided into five parts, each treating of one of the natural divisions of the Archipelago.

The first chapter is an introductory one, on the Physical Geography of the whole region; and the last is a general sketch of the Races of Man in the Archipelago and the surrounding countries. With this explanation, and a reference to the Maps which illustrate the work, I trust that my readers will always know where they are, and in what direction they are going.

I am well aware that my book is far too small for the extent of the subjects it touches upon. It is a mere sketch; but so far as it goes I have endeavoured to make it an accurate one. Almost the whole of the narrative and descriptive portions were written on the spot, and have had little more than verbal alterations. The chapters on Natural History, as well as many passages in other parts of the work, have been written in the hope of exciting an interest in the various questions connected with the origin of species and their geographical distribution. In some cases I have been able to explain my views in detail; while in others, owing to the greater complexity of the subject, I have thought it better to confine myself to a statement of the more interesting facts of the problem, whose solution is to be found in the principles developed by Mr. Darwin in his various works. The numerous Illustrations will, it is believed, add much to the interest and value of the book. They have been made from my own sketches, from photographs, or from specimens; and such subjects only have been chosen as would really illustrate the narrative or the descriptions.

I have to thank Messrs. Walter and Henry Woodbury, whose acquaintance I had the pleasure of making in Java, for a number of photographs of scenery and of natives, which have been of the greatest assistance to me. Mr. William Wilson Saunders has kindly allowed me to figure the curious horned flies; and to Mr. Pascoe I am indebted for a loan of two of the very rare Longicorns which appear in the plate of Bornean beetles. All the other specimens figured are in my own collection.

As the main object of all my journeys was to obtain specimens of natural history, both for my private collection and to supply duplicates to museums and amateurs, I will give a general statement of the number of specimens I collected, and which reached home in good condition. I must premise that I generally employed one or two, and sometimes three Malay servants to assist me; and for nearly half the time had the services of an English lad, Charles Allen. I was just eight years away from England, but as I travelled about fourteen thousand miles within the Archipelago, and made sixty or seventy separate journeys, each involving some preparation and loss of time, I do not think that more than six years were really occupied in collecting.

I find that my Eastern collections amounted to:

310 specimens of Mammalia.
100 Reptiles.
8,050 Birds.
7,500 Shells.
13,100 Lepidoptera.
83,200 Coleoptera.
13,400 other Insects.
125,660 specimens of natural history.

It now only remains for me to thank all those friends to whom I am indebted for assistance or information. My thanks are more especially due to the Council of the Royal Geographical Society, through whose valuable recommendations I obtained important aid from our own Government and from that of Holland; and to Mr. William Wilson Saunders, whose kind and liberal encouragement in the early portion of my journey was of great service to me. I am also greatly indebted to Mr. Samuel Stevens (who acted as my agent), both for the care he took of my collections, and for the untiring assiduity with which he kept me supplied, both with useful information, and with whatever necessaries I required.

I trust that these, and all other friends who have been in any way interested in my travels and collections, may derive from the perusal of my book, some faint reflexion of the pleasures I myself enjoyed amid the scenes and objects it describes.


CONTENTS (based on 1st edition - use as a rough guide only)



I.     PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY     1
    INDO-MALAY ISLANDS.     
II.     SINGAPORE     31
III.     MALACCA AND MOUNT OPHIR     39
IV.     BORNEO—THE ORANG-UTAN     54
V.     BORNEO—JOURNEY IN THE INTERIOR     101
VI.     BORNEO—THE DYAKS     137
VII.     JAVA     148
VIII.     SUMATRA     190
IX.     NATURAL HISTORY OF THE INDO-MALAY ISLANDS.     215
    THE TIMOR GROUP.     
X.     BALI AND LOMBOCK     234
XI.     LOMBOCK—MANNERS AND CUSTOMS     255
XII.     LOMBOCK—HOW THE RAJAH TOOK THE CENSUS     276
XIII.     TIMOR     288
XIV.     NATURAL HISTORY OF THE TIMOR GROUP     316


    THE CELEBES GROUP.     
CHAP.         PAGE
XV.     CELEBES—MACASSAR     331
XVI.     CELEBES—MACASSAR     358
XVII.     CELEBES—MENADO     378
XVIII.     NATURAL HISTORY OF CELEBES     424
    THE MOLUCCAS.     
XIX.     BANDA     448
XX.     AMBOYNA     458



    THE MOLUCCAS.     

XXI.     TERNATE     1
XXII.     GILOLO     14
XXIII.     VOYAGE TO THE KAIÓA ISLANDS AND BATCHIAN     23
XXIV.     BATCHIAN     36
XXV.     CERAM, GORAM, AND THE MATABELLO ISLANDS     73
XXVI.     BOURU     124
XXVII.     THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE MOLUCCAS     138
    THE PAPUAN GROUP.     
XXVIII.     MACASSAR TO THE ARU ISLANDS IN A NATIVE PRAU     157
XXIX.     THE KÉ ISLANDS     176
XXX.     THE ARU ISLANDS—RESIDENCE IN DOBBO     196
XXXI.     THE ARU ISLANDS—JOURNEY AND RESIDENCE IN THE INTERIOR     218
XXXII.     THE ARU ISLANDS—SECOND RESIDENCE IN DOBBO     267
XXXIII.     THE ARU ISLANDS—PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND ASPECTS OF NATURE     285
XXXIV.     NEW GUINEA—DOREY     299
XXXV.     VOYAGE FROM CERAM TO WAIGIOU     331
XXXVI.     WAIGIOU     349
XXXVII.     VOYAGE FROM WAIGIOU TO TERNATE     368
XXXVIII.     THE BIRDS OF PARADISE     387
XXXIX.     NATURAL HISTORY OF THE PAPUAN ISLANDS     427
XL.     THE RACES OF MAN IN THE MALAY ARCHIPELAGO     439
APPENDIX     ON CRANIA AND LANGUAGES     465
INDEX         503



LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.



    DRAWN ON WOOD BY     PAGE
1.     Orang-Utan attacked by Dyaks     WOLF     Frontispiece
2.     Rare Ferns on Mount Ophir. (From specimens)     FITCH     48
3.     Remarkable Bornean Beetles     ROBINSON     58
4.     Flying Frog. (From a drawing by the Author)     KEULEMANS     60
5.     Female Orang-utan. (From a photograph by Woodbury)     WOLF     64
6.     Portrait of a Dyak Youth. (From sketch and photographs)     BAINES     104
7.     Dyak Suspension-bridge. (From a sketch by the Author)     FITCH     123
8.     Vanda Lowii. (From specimens)     FITCH     128
9.     Remarkable Forest-trees. (From a sketch by the Author)     FITCH     130
10.     Ancient Bas-relief. (From a specimen in possession of the Author)     BAINES     159
11.     Portrait of a Javanese Chief. (From a photograph)     BAINES     171
12.     The Calliper Butterfly (Charaxes Kadenii)     T. W. WOOD     178
13.     Primula imperialis, (From specimens)     FITCH     183
14.     Chief's House and Rice-shed in a Sumatran Village. (From a photograph)     ROBINSON     196
15.     Females of Papilio memnon     ROBINSON     200
16.     Papilio Coön     ROBINSON     201
17.     Leaf-butterfly in flight and repose     T. W. WOOD     204
18.     Female Hornbill and young bird     T. W. WOOD     212
19.     Grammatophyllum, a gigantic Orchid. (From a sketch by the Author)     FITCH     216
20.     Gun-boring in Lombock. (From a sketch by the Author)     BAINES     265
21.     Timor Men. (From a photograph)     BAINES     305
22.     Native Plough and Yoke, Macassar. (From a sketch by the Author)     BAINES     353
23.     Sugar Palms. (From a sketch by the Author)     FITCH     361
24.     Skull of the Babirusa     ROBINSON     434
25.     Peculiar form of Wings of Celebes Butterflies     WALLACE     441
26.     Ejecting an Intruder     BAINES     467
27.     Racquet-tailed Kingfisher     ROBINSON     468
    MAPS.         
    Map showing Mr. Wallace's Route (tinted)         Preface
    The British Isles and Borneo on the same scale         5
    Physical Map (tinted)         14
    Map of Minahasa, North Celebes         386
    Map of Amboyna         459

1.     Natives shooting the Great Bird of Paradise     T. W. WOOD     Front.
2.     "Wallace's Standard Wing," a new Bird of Paradise     KEULEMANS     41
3.     Sago Club     BAINES     118
4.     Sago-washing in Ceram. (From a sketch by the Author)     BAINES     119
5.     Sago Oven. (From a sketch by the Author)     BAINES     120
6.     Cuscus Ornatus, a Moluccan Marsupial     ROBINSON     143
7.     Moluccan Beetles     ROBINSON     154
8.     Great Black Cockatoo     T. W. WOOD     228
9.     Dobbo in the Trading Season (From a sketch by the Author)     BAINES     267
10.     Male Brenthidæ fighting     ROBINSON     277
11.     Papuan, New Guinea     BAINES     306
12.     Papuan Pipe. (From a sketch by the Author)     BAINES     310
13.     Horned Flies     ROBINSON     314
14.     Clay-beater, used in New Guinea     ROBINSON     324
15.     The Red Bird of Paradise     T. W. WOOD     353
16.     My house at Bessir, Waigiou. (From a sketch by the Author)     BAINES     360
17.     Malay Anchor. (From a sketch by the Author)     BAINES     377
18.     The "Twelve-wired" and the "King" Birds of Paradise     KEULEMANS     387
19.     The Magnificent Bird of Paradise.     KEULEMANS     404
20.     The Superb Bird of Paradise     KEULEMANS     406
21.     The Six-shafted Bird of Paradise     KEULEMANS     408
22.     The Long-tailed Bird of Paradise     KEULEMANS     415
23.     The Great Shielded Grasshopper     ROBINSON     434
24.     Papuan Charm     ROBINSON     446


MAPS.

    PAGE
Amboyna, with parts of Bouru and Ceram     
The Islands between Ceram and Ké     
Voyage from Ceram to Waigiou    
Voyage from Waigiou to Ternate     






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