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The geographical distribution of animals. With a study of the relations of living and extinct faunas as elucidating the past changes of the earth's surface
Harper & Brothers, New York 1876 - Two royal octavo volumes: xxi,[3],503,[1]; viii,[4],607,[3]pp, with 7 chromolithographed maps (1 folding, 2 double-page), 20 tissue-guarded wood-engraved plates, and numerous tables in the text. Publisher's fine-grained reddish cloth, front covers paneled in blind and gilt-stamped with elaborate animals and forest vignettes, spines lettered and ruled in gilt, beveled edges, coated chocolate-brown end papers. An unusually handsome production in eminently collectible condition. Cloth lightly scuffed, blind-stamps to front fly leaves and page 11 of both volumes, internally virtually spotless, gilt crisp and bright. Norman 2178. Garrison-Morton 145.60. Nissen Zoology 4331. First American Edition of perhaps the single most important work from the great naturalist, a pivotal contribution to the scientific foundations of zoogeography and a key companion to the studies of Charles Darwin. "Wallace studied the fauna of the Malay peninsula and was struck both with its resemblances to and differences from that of South America. His studies resulted in this worldwide study, a pioneering work in zoogeography, and Wallace's most comprehensive monograph." (Garrison-Morton) According to Gillispie's Dictionary of Scientific Biography, "Wallace established evolutionary zoogeography on its modern foundation. . . . [F]ew, if any subsequent works have been more important to the subject. . . . Wallace's work actually transformed the subject and became the standard authority for many years." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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