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Record number: WCP1789

Sent by:
Alfred Russel Wallace
Sent to:
Odoardo Beccari
9 October 1909

Sent by Alfred Russel Wallace, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Wimborne, Dorset to Odoardo Beccari [none given] on 9 October 1909.

Record created:
18 November 2011 by Catchpole, Caroline


Wallace is grateful for the information about the flora of Italy and the enclosed letter from Dr Lauterbach

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LETTER (WCP1789.1675)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

Held by:
Biblioteca di Scienze, Botanica Dell'Universitā degli Studi
Finding number:
Archivio Odoardo Beccari, Serie I, 18/28
Copyright owner:
ŠA. R. Wallace Literary Estate

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Old Orchard,



Oct[obe]r. 9th.


My dear Sir

I am very much obliged to you for the further information you have sent me as to the Flora of Italy, which is very interesting to one.

Dr. Lauterbach’s1 letter about the New Guinea flora is also very valuable, as I suppose he is well acquainted with all that has been collected up to the present time. Judging by its immense riches in Birds and [[2]] Insects I have little doubt that his estimate of a total of 10,000 Phanerograms will, some day, be fully justified.

A friend has translated his letter for me,2 so I return you the original.

Yours very truly | Alfred R. Wallace [signature]


Susa3 seems to have a very rich flora.-- Only Temperate Sikkim with still loftier mountains may surpass it in the Temperate zone. Even the Cape Peninsula often quoted as the richest known, barely equals it. It is truly amazing that it sh[oul]d. have more sp[ecies]. than Sicily and more than half that of all Italy!

A.R.W. [signature]


1. Karl (Adolf Georg) Lauterbach (1864-1937). German biologist and geographer. He worked in Deutsch-Neuguinea (German New Guinea) which was the first part of the German colonial empire in 1884. Most now forms part of Papua New Guinea.

2. See: Karl Adolf Georg Lauterbach to Odoardo Beccari, 19 September 1909. A. R. Wallace Papers, BL Add. 46438 f. 94. British Library (London).

3. Susa is a city in Piedmont, Italy.

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