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TROPICAL NATURE, AND OTHER ESSAYS.
Macmillan,, London: 1878 - 356 pp. First edition; Robert Ridgeway's (American ornithologist) personal copy. Ex-lib. with usual stamps; green cloth; black stamped covers; gilt and black lettering stamped across the spine; black and wite illustrations, charts. Binding tight; boards with external wear; edge wear, corners bumped; spine rebacked; endpapers chipped; text lightly oxidized; see additional images provided. Wallace discusses many aspects of natural history based on his travels and knowledge of the tropical regions of the world. Quoting the text, p. 29: "General Features of the Equatorial Forests.---It is not easy to fix upon the most distinctive features of these virgin forests, which nevertheless impress themselves upon the beholder as something quite unlike those of temperate lands, and as possessing a grandeur and sublimity altogether their own. Amid the countless modifications in detail which these forests present, we shall endeavour to point out the chief peculiarities as well as the more interesting phenomena which generally characterise them. ?The observer new to the scene would perhaps be first struck by the varied yet symmetrical trunks, which rise up with perfect straightness to a great height without a branch, and which, being placed at a considerable average distance apart, give an impression similar to that produced by the columns of some enormous building. Overhead, at a height, perhaps, of a hundred feet, is an almost unbroken canopy of foliage formed by the meeting together of these great trees and their interlacing branches; and this canopy is usually so dense that but an indistinct glimmer of the sky is to be seen, and even the intense tropical sunlight only penetrates to the ground subdued and broken up into scattered fragments." [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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