A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.
An original MS
Pages with text: 3
Transcriber: Sloyan, Victoria
Transcription date: February 16, 2012
Scrutiny: 15/01/2013 - Catchpole, Caroline;
Signed off: no
Waldron Edge, Duppas Hill, Croydon
Dec[embe]r 6th 1879
My dear Wright
I have had your "Animal Life" sent me to review for "Nature". You will see that I have said what I could for it, but I was obliged to criticise some of the figures. I suppose you had a lot of illustrations to work in. Most of them are good but some very bad, and I send you the following list of wrongly named figures.
Macacus cynomolgus1. The figure is certainly not this species. I think it is Presbytis Entellus
Saiga tartarica2 [sic]. The figure is of Oryx leucoryx3
Accentor modularis. The figure is a finch not a warbler.
Sun-birds. The figure represents two humming birds!
[] Java sparrow -- Some other bird; -- quite unrecognisable.
Parra jacana4 -- Is the Hydrophasianus sinensis5
Others of the small birds are not recognisable such as the Stone-Chat, Dipper & Chaffinch. Perhaps the publishers will get better figures of these, as the book is really worth it, and birds always attract attention.
I am obliged to send the book back to "Nature" -- I suppose Lockyer wants it for his children, -- so if Mess[e]rs. Cassell think my review worth it they can send me a copy.
It must have cost you an immense deal of labour.
Believe me | Yours very faithfully | Alfred R Wallace. [signature]
[] Note [one word illegible]
Tailor bird-- culled Shotonues[?] it sh[oul]d be Orthotonuis[?]
1. Macacus cynomolgus is a species of long-tailed ape
2. Siga tatarica is a species of antelope
3. Oryx leucoryx is the binomial name for the Arabian Oryx
4. Parra jacana is a species of bird
5. Hydrophasianus sinensis is now known as Hydrophasianus chirurgus and is the binomial name for the Pheasant-tailed jacana.
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