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Annotated proof print of a gibbon

Annotated proof print of a gibbon

Catalogue number: WP6/6/4(7)

Annotated proof print illustration of a gibbon for Wallace's book Studies Scientific and Social, undated, circa 1900.

This proof print shows an illustration of a gibbon, labelled as Hylobates entelloides (white-handed gibbon, now called Hylobates lar entelloides).  It is probably from a woodcut or engraving. The annotations are by Wallace, in preparation for his book Studies Scientific and Social (published in 1900). The book was made up mainly of reprints of important articles written by Wallace over the 35 years from 1865 to 1899. As the title suggests, this covered a broad range of topics that held Wallace's interest, for example geology, animal and plant distribution, anthropology and evolution.

Wallace described the gibbon as 'generally of small size and of a gentle disposition, but possessing the most wonderful agility' (page 161).

The illustration was included in volume one, chapter seven 'Monkeys: Their Affinities and Distribution' (fig. 30, page 162). The original paper was published in Contemporary Review (December 1881). Wallace wrote 'Flower & Lydekker' at the top of the proof print. This refers to the origin of the illustration: W.H. Flower and R. Lydekker's An Introduction to the Study of Mammals Living and Extinct (1891).

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