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Observations of a Naturalist in the Pacific between 1896 and 1899
London, Macmillan and Co., , 1903. 2 volumes, octavo. Original red cloth, title gilt to spines, in dust jackets. Frontispiece to each and 12 other plates in all, six coloured maps, 2 of them folding lithographs. Some foxing, small nick at the head of the upper board of Volume II, but otherwise very good, unopened, in slightly rubbed and chipped, but almost entirely complete dust jackets, a very handsome set. First Edition. Portmanteau work combining Guppy's geological and physical observations of Vanua Levu, with his meticulous study of plant dispersal around the Pacific. Described by a recent journal of oceanic plant dispersal as "the outstanding beachcomber of the C19th", it is probably for his work in the second volume that he is best remembered, a pioneering work on tropical drift seeds and fruits based on what a contemporary reviewer called "a course of observation which is truly Darwinian in its patience and method," whilst Man, the journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, considered it to "contain much of interest to the student of anthropology." An important work, here offered in striking condition.
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