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An Appreciation of Wallace's Book 'The Malay Archipelago'
By Bill Bailey (Patron of the Wallace Memorial Fund)
THE GRANDFATHER OF EVOLUTIONARY THEORY
By Richard Russel Wallace
‘The book is magnificent – very many congratulations to you and your team! It is undoubtedly the finest edition of MA ever produced and I really can't see how it could have been bettered… I am truly honoured to have been involved in its production!’ George Beccaloni
Details about the book
The first ever 'deluxe' edition of Wallace's book The Malay Archipelago has just been published by London's prestigious Folio Society in two beautifully bound volumes with a slipcase. Both volumes are illustrated with stunning full page colour plates (33 per volume), which feature Wallace’s own skillful watercolour paintings, plus contemporary illustrations of places he visited, and a selection of some of the amazing animal species he discovered. The book has a preface by Prof.
Tom McLaughlin from Sarawak in Borneo has been investigating the life of Wallace's faithful assistant Ali for several years. Now, together with his wife Suriani binti Sahari, he has written an article about his findings, which he asked me if I could post on this website. Tom's article is based on interviews with local people in Sarawak. To read the article (as a pdf file) CLICK HERE.
In a recent post on this blog, I asked readers for information about the huge painting below, which features Wallace, Darwin and other scientists. Thanks to Xenia Bogza, the International relations manager of the State Darwin Museum in Moscow, I can confirm that the painting belongs to that museum. Xenia also kindly provided the following information about it:
The first ever illustrated catalogue of the surviving photographs of Alfred Russel Wallace plus all drawings and paintings of him made during his lifetime, has just been released. It contains a total of 77 different photographs, 1 painting and 11 drawings of ARW, plus variants of these images. You can download the 42 page pdf file by clicking HERE. It is 4MB in size, so it may take a few seconds to download. We hope you find it interesting!
The Sarawak Association and the British Malaysia Society will hold a joint meeting at 6pm on 20th March 2017 at the Royal Overseas League (ROSL), London, to show the new docu-drama film: SEARCHING FOR ALI WALLACE.