The Origin of Civilisation and the Primitive Condition of Man - Mental and Social Conditions of Savages - Right Hon. Lord. Avebury

1912 - Longmans, London - Seventh Edition and Last Edition
A fine copy of this influential and significant work was first published in 1870, this is a comprehensively reworked and augmented edition and the last one to be written by The Right Honourable John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury [1834-1913]. Lubbock was a banker working with his family’s company, but also made significant contributions in archaeology, ethnography, and several branches of biology. He helped establish archaeology as a scientific discipline, and was influential in nineteenth-century debates concerning evolutionary theory.

Illustrated with 6 photographic plates, numerous sketches and drawings, together with tables and detailed index.
 
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The Eastern Seas - George Windsor Earl

1837 - Wm. H. Allen and Co., London - First Edition
A very important association copy, with the signature of Margaret, Lady Brooke. Earl was a strong admirer of Raffles, who had died in 1826’ and Earl’s book ‘greatly impressed James Brooke, who was also an admirer of Raffles and his writings’. Brooke’s prospectus for his voyage to Singapore and then Borneo (published in October 1938), reflected the influence of Earl’s book.

An entertaining and insightful work, with extensive chapters on Indonesia, Borneo, Malaysia, and Singapore, as well as a lengthy treatise in the Appendix titled ‘
Observations on the Commercial Resources of the Indian Archipelago’. Illustrated with four folding maps.

Brooke encouraged the work of Wallace, whose ‘
Wallace Line’, showing the boundary between Asian and Australian faunal regions, was critical to Wallace and Darwin’s evolutionary theory. But the ‘Line’ had been earlier presented to the Royal Geographical Society by Earl in 1845, and Wallace acknowledged that ‘Earl believed that there had been a former connection between Asia and Australia’. Darwin also wrote to Wallace, after reading a draft of his paper on Malay zoogeography, to ask: ‘Are you aware that Mr. W. Earl published several years ago the view of distribution of animals in Malay Archipelago in relation to the depth of the sea between the islands?’. 
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In the Australian Bush - Richard Semon

1899 - Macmillan and Co., London - First Edition in English
German zoologist and evolutionary biologist Richard Semon’s account of his two year expedition to Australia, his purpose to study the country’s fauna, in particular mammals, marsupials, and lungfish. Most of Semon’s observations were made in the Burnett district in northern Queensland, though he also includes chapters on his travels through Brisbane, Cape York, Thursday Island and Torres Strait, New Guinea, and Java, together with an account of the customs, ceremonies, clothing, weapons, medicine, and decorative arts of tribes of Australian Aborigines in northern Queensland.

Profusely illustrated with more than 80 full page and in-text illustrations, many reproduced from the author’s photographs, and four folding colour maps.
 
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Pagan Races of the Malay Peninsula - Walter William Skeat, Charles Otto Blagden

1906 - Macmillan & Co., London - First Edition
A large and comprehensive two volume ethnographic study on the manners, customs, religion, and language of the peoples of the Malay Peninsula.

Profusely illustrated. Skeats adds a bibliography of most of the early literature, consisting of mainly travelogues and reports by colonial administrators and a few scholarly journal articles.

‘Skeat went to much trouble to obtain a large and comprehensive collection of photographs for use as illustrations, which are an excellent record of aboriginal life in his time. He also wrote an Introduction entitled '
Environment', which is a first-rate description of the Malayan jungle and its flora and fauna as a habitat, and he also included a bibliography which, among other things, takes in the work of continental scholars of his day on Malayan aborigines.’ - [J.M. Gullick, The Skeat Collection, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford] 
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