The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-utan and the Bird of Paradise : a Narrative of Travel, with Studies of Man and Nature

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Macmillan, 1872 - Ethnology - 653 pages
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"Wallace (1823-1913) travelled extensively in the Malay Archipelago, he conducted scientific studies of the region's animal life, which to his deelopment of a theory of natural selection. His book is a magnificent combination of interesting sketches of travel and vivid pictures of natural history of the Indo-Malay islands, The Timor, Celebes ad Papuan group, and the Moluccas. Wallace's 'Malay Archipelago is regarded as the most celebrated of all writings on Indonesia and ranks with a small handful of other works as one of nineteenth century's best scientific travel books"--Howgego II, p. 625 (supplied by dealer).

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Page 626 - This preservation photocopy was made at BookLab, Inc., in compliance with copyright law. The paper is Weyerhaeuser Cougar Opaque Natural, which exceeds ANSI Standard Z39.48-1984.
Page 568 - It is not too much to say that the mass of our populations have not at all advanced beyond the savage code of morals, and have in many cases sunk below it.
Page 567 - I have lived with communities of savages in South America and in the East, who have no laws or law courts but the public opinion of the village freely expressed. Each man scrupulously respects the rights of his fellow,, and any infraction of those rights rarely or never takes place In such a community, all are nearly equal...
Page 567 - ... rights rarely or never takes place. In such a community, all are nearly equal. There are none of those wide distinctions, of education and ignorance, wealth and poverty, master and servant, which are the product of our...
Page 569 - This is not a result to boast of, or to be satisfied with; and until there is a more general recognition of this failure of our civilization — resulting mainly from our neglect to train and develop more thoroughly the sympathetic feelings and moral faculties of our nature, and to allow them a larger share of influence in our legislation, our commerce, and our whole social organization — we shall never, as regards the whole community, attain to any real or important superiority over the better...
Page 73 - ... pronounced taste or smell, their great abundance, and the rapidity of their growth and increase, are all qualities which render them useful for a hundred different purposes, to serve which other materials would require much more labour and preparation. The bamboo is one of the most wonderful and most beautiful productions of the tropics, and one of nature's most valuable gifts to uncivilised man.
Page 16 - closely resembles New Guinea, not only in its vast size and freedom from volcanoes, but in its variety of geological structure, its uniformity of climate, and the general aspect of the forest vegetation that clothes its surface. The Moluccas are the counterpart of the Philippines in their volcanic structure, their extreme fertility, their luxuriant forests, and their frequent earthquakes ; and Bali, with the east end of Java, has a climate almost as arid as that of Timor. Yet between these corresponding...
Page 41 - For the first few days it clung desperately with all four hands to whatever it could lay hold of, and I had to be careful to keep my beard out of its way, as its fingers clutched hold of hair more tenaciously than anything else, and it was impossible to free myself without assistance. When restless it would struggle about with its hands up in the air trying to find something to take hold of, and, when it had...
Page 15 - SCHMIDT.) beyond Java and Borneo, do essentially form a part of a former Australian or Pacific continent, although some of them may never have been actually joined to it. This continent must have been broken up not only before the Western islands were separated from Asia, but probably before the extreme south-eastern portion of Asia was raised above the waters of the ocean ; for a great part of the land of Borneo and Java is known to be geologically of quite recent formation...
Page 465 - ... parts of the tropics, flowers are less abundant, on the average less showy, and are far less effective in adding colour to the landscape than in temperate climates.

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