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WALLACE'S UNPUBLISHED OUTLINE OF 'DARWIN & WALLACE'
WALLACE (Alfred Russel, 1823-1913, F.R.S., O.M., Naturalist and Pioneer of Evolutionary Theory)

Important Series of Autograph Letters Signed, all unpublished, addressed to the Rev. (later Sir) James MARCHANT (1867-1956, F.R.S. Edinb., Writer and Activist on Social and Moral Questions), about the publishing of Wallace's last writings on Social Environment and Moral Progress and The Revolt of Democracy, and in particular about Marchant's proposed book Darwin and Wallace, including Wallace's Autograph Manuscript suggestions for the Title, Sub-title and Contents of the 8 Chapters, a masterly overview, in which it is fascinating to see ARW applying canons of Natural Selection, namely Environment and Heredity, to Darwin and Wallace themselves, something we have not seen elsewhere.
ARW's Letters are full of critical acumen, attention to detail and personal recollection, most notably in describing in his own words the progress of ARW's views from "absolute sceptic" (in his mid-teens) to a theistic view of the natural world as co-ordinated and purposeful, also ARW's views on society leading to a fully committed socialism, and on the economics of publishing, with many wry comments. Also present are letters from his son William Greenell WALLACE (1871-1951), 3 about his father's last days and hours, and reflecting ARW's increasing dependency on Marchant in practical matters, from dealing with publishers to the question of ARW's portrait for the Royal Society.
With a Checklist. There is also a typescripts and a printed item, the letters all 8vo, Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset, 1905 (1), 1911 (1), but chiefly (29) 22nd January - 7th November
with minor exceptions (see Nos. 2 and 33), in good condition

Item Date:  1913
Stock No:  40226      £57500

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WATERHOUSE (Charles Owen, Entomologist, Assistant at the British Museum of Natural History)

Autograph Letter Signed to  Robert Morton MIDDLETON , jr., F.L.S., F.Z.S., (1846-1909, English shipbroker and botanist), saying that "the Jigger and Chigre are considered to be the same species, or are so closely allied that we have not distinguished them. It is a flea, Pulex penetrans; now known as Sarcopsylla penetrans", 1 side 8vo., British Museum (Natural History), 8th August

Item Date:  1889
Stock No:  13931      £40

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WATERHOUSE (Frederick H., Librarian of the Zoological Society of London)

Autograph Letter Signed to  Robert Morton MIDDLETON , jr., F.L.S., F.Z.S., (1846-1909, English shipbroker and botanist), sending him "the enclosed & trust they may be of use ... I will endeavour to obtain an autograph of my father for you" and requesting "any foreign stamps", 2 sides 8vo., Zoological Society, 3 Hanover Square, London, W., 22nd July

Item Date:  1898
Stock No:  13934      £30

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WATERHOUSE (Charles Owen, Entomologist, Assistant at the British Museum of Natural History)

Autograph Letter Signed to  Robert Morton MIDDLETON , jr., F.L.S., F.Z.S., (1846-1909, English shipbroker and botanist), thanking him "for the papers relating to the S. American Missions. I am sorry I cannot undertake the local secretary's work here ... We might, however, arrange a meeting", 22 Avenue Gardens, Acton, W., 28th September

Item Date:  1899
Stock No:  13933      £25

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WHEATSTONE (Sir Charles, 1802-1875, Scientist and Inventor)

Signature and date, on 19 Park Crescent, Portland Place, headed paper, January 30th

Item Date:  1868
Stock No:  27010      £30

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