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1 Wallace, Alfred Russel Contributions To The Theory Of Natural Selection: A Series of Essays
London Macmillan and Co. 1875 Hardcover Very Good- with No dust jacket as issued 
Small 1/4" dent to edge of front board. Some bruising to corners. Joints rubbed, with some tiny chips to cloth along rear joint. Hinges worn, with splits to gutters at endpapers. Bookseller's ticket of Newbold's, Dunedin on front endpaper. A couple of previous owners' signatures on front endpaper and on title page. Internally very good.; This is an 1875 reprint of a title originally published in 1870. xvi, 384 pages + 31, [1] pages advertisements. Publisher's green cloth boards with gilt letttering and rule on spine. "SECOND EDITION" in gilt at tail of spine. Page dimensions: 189 x 125mm. Dark brown endpapers. "Every naturalist who has directed his attention to the subject of the geographical distribution of animals and plants, must have been interested in the singular facts which it presents." - the opening sentence of the first essay, "On the Law which has Regulated the Introduction of New Species". This essay was written by Wallace at Sarawak in 1855, and first published in the "Annals and Magazine of Natural History" in September 1855. 
Price: 243.00 NZD
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2 Wallace, Alfred Russel Island Life: or, the phenomena and causes of Insular Faunas and Floras, including a revision and attempted solution of the problem of Geological Climates
London Macmillan and Co. 1880 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with No dust jacket as issued 
35mm tear to cloth at head of rear joint. Small loss of cloth at ends of spine and tips of corners of boards. A piece clipped from the title leaf, 34 x 52mm, with loss of the final "s" and following comma from the word "Floras". Hinges split along gutters. ; xvii, [3], 526 pages + [2] pages advertisements + frontispiece map + 2 full-page map. 23 other illustrations (mostly maps) within the pagination. Original green cloth boards with gilt on spine and gilt western hemisphere vignette on front board. Page dimensions: 225 x 151mm. Top page edges gilt. Important work of zoogeography, by contemporary of Charles Darwin. Provenance: contemporary bookseller's blindstamp of A. Simpson, Christchurch on front endpaper. Gift inscription dated 1931 from J. J. Kinsey to Johannes C. Andersen, "from his friend and companion". Kinsey (1852-1936) was an avid New Zealand book collector whose collection ended up in the Alexander Turnbull library. Mount Kinsey and Cape Kinsey in Antarctica are named for him, for his contributions to the work in New Zealand of the British Antarctic expeditions in the early 20th century [Reference: Bell, David. "Kinsey and the Collectors". New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 16, 2 (December 2014)]. Johannes Andersen (1873-1962) was an editor of the Polynesian Society's Journal, the first librarian of the Alexander Turnbull library, and the author of many anthropological works, and the book collecting title "The Lure of New Zealand Book Collecting" (1936). ; 8vo 
Price: 675.00 NZD
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3 Wallace, Alfred Russel Land Nationalisation - Its Necessity and Aims. Being a Comparison of the System of Landlord and Tenant with that of Occupying Ownership In Their Influence on the Well-Being of the People.
London W. Reeves 1883 Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Rear free endpaper torn out. Some staining to cloth. Some bubbling to cloth on spine. Corners of boards with worn with some loss at upper corner of front board. ; "SECOND EDITION" stated on title page (published in the same year as the first edition). xiv, 240, [3] pages + [1] page advertisements. Maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering and rule on spine. Page dimensions: 190 x 125mm. Dark blue-grey coated endpapers. Contents includes: The Origin and Present State of British Land-Tenure; A Few Illustrations of Irish Landlordism; Low Wages and Pauperism the Direct Consequence of Private Property in Land; Effects of Landlordism in the Highlands and in the Lowlands of Scotland; The Despotic Powers of English Landlord; Objections to the Right of Free-Seleection; Why Free-Selection should be restricted to Once in a Man's Life; Free-Selection would check the growth of Towns, and add to the Beauty and Enjoyability of Rural Districts; How Minerals should be worked under State Ownership; Summary of the Evil Results of Landlordism. ; 8vo 
Price: 94.50 NZD
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4 Wallace, Alfred Russel Land Nationalisation: Its Necessity and Aims. Being a Comparison of the System of Landlord and Tenant with that of Occupying Ownership in their influence on the Well-Being of the People.
London W. Reeves 1883 Disbound Poor with no dust jacket 
Disbound. Lacking the front wrapper and the first leaf of advertisements. Rear wrapper detached. Paper spine poor with heavy creasing and rubbing. Binding loose. Ink numbers on half-title and title pages. Foxing. ; xiv, [2], 240, [3] pages + [1] page advertisements. Printed paper wrappers, lacking the front wrapper. Page dimensions: 185 x 120mm. ; 8vo 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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5 Wallace, Alfred Russel The Wonderful Century - The Age of New Ideas in Science and Invention
London Swan Sonnenschein & Co. 1903 Hardcover Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Contemporary Dunedin bookseller's ticket, H. H. Driver. Previous owner's signature. Some fading to spine. Some foxing to page edges. A nice copy of the 1903 edition. ; "New Edition / Revised and largely Re-written". xii, 527, [1] pages. Portrait frontispiece within the pagination. 107 in-text figures. Red cloth boards with blind-stamped floral pattern on spine and front board, black lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 193 x 133mm. The chapter on photography includes descriptions and explanations of the Woodbury-Type, the Collotype, the Photogravure, and the Half-Tone Process. "The great range and value of the commonest and cheapest form of photographic reproduction - the process-plate - is well shown by the accompanying three specimens of ordinary book illustration [. . .] the facility for producing such pictures is now so great that we have presented to us in our books and periodicals the scenes of public and private life in every part of the world, enabling us to realise the manners and customs and the material surrounding of foreign people in a way that no earlier epoch as ever enjoyed." - pp. 127-9. "The present edition is, substantially, a new work. [. . .] The chapters on Locomotino by Land and by Sea have now been greatly extended and copiously illustrated. In Photography, I have added a new feature in a popular account of the methods by which artistic illustrations are produced, from the common process-plate to the beautiful photogravures and Woodbury-type prints. The chapter on Chemistry has been greatly extended, and a new one on Electricity has been added." - from the Preface by Alfred J. Wallace, dated 30th June 1903. 
Price: 94.50 NZD
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6 Wallace, A. R. [Alfred Russel] Travels On The Amazon And Rio Negro
London Ward, Lock & Co Hardcover Poor with no dust jacket 
Owner's ink stamp. Lacks most preliminary leaves. Title page missing. Gutter split. ; 363 pages + plates. Blue cloth boards with blind-stamped gilt illustration. No date [c. 1889]. Page dimensions: 190mm x 117mm. ; 8vo 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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