Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Extinct Animals (1905)

One of Conan Doyle's primary sources for The Lost World was Edwin Ray Lankester's 1905 text Extinct Animals. It was the only reference cited in the novel itself: in order to confirm Maple White's illustration of a stegosaurus to an incredulous Malone, Challenger hands a copy of the book by his "gifted friend, Ray Lankester!" Over the course of The Lost World's serialization, Lankester and Conan Doyle carried on a correspondence. The former would even suggest prehistoric animals to populate the lost plateau.

The online archives of the Universities of Strasbourg has a digital copy of Extinct Animals available for perusal. Click on the cover below to examine it.

1 comment:

Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...

Or readers could also download or read a copy at Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/details/extinctanimals1905lank