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WALLACE, Alfred Russell (1823 - 1913)

Island Life : or, the phenomena and causes of insular faunas and floras, including a revision and attempted solution of the problem of geological climates

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London : Macmillan, 1880. First edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (edges rubbed, short chips to head and foot of spine), hinges cracked, pp. xx; 526; (2 – adverts), previous owner’s name to verso of front free endpaper, maps and plates, internally clean.

‘Alfred Russel Wallace is best known as the codiscoverer, with Charles Darwin, of natural selection, but he was also history’s foremost tropical naturalist and the father of biogeography, the modern study of the geographical basis of biological diversity. Island Life has long been considered one of his most important works. In it he extends studies on the influence of the glacial epochs on organismal distribution patterns and the characteristics of island biogeography, a topic as vibrant and actively studied today as it was in 1880. The book includes history’s first theory of continental glaciation based on a combination of geographical and astronomical causes, a discussion of island classification, and a survey of worldwide island faunas and floras.’ – University of Chicago Press https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/I/bo15584113.html