Autograph Letter Signed ‘Dureau de la Malle’, to Lieutenant General Pelet, stating that, at the request, of the government, Dureau de la Malle has devoted four years to research into the colonisation of Africa; he now asks for the beautiful map of France, prepared under his orders, as a gift to help him in his current research into the Political Economy of the Romans. In French. 2 pp. 10 x 8 inches, integral blank leaf, some light creasing, generally in good condition. With an English translation. Paris, 10 January 1837. Adolphe Jules Cesar Auguste Dureau de la Malle (1772-1857), artist, geographer, poet, published the physical geography of the Black Sea, of Africa, and of the Mediterranean, and write a history of Carthage and of the Roman invasion of France. In The Descent of Man Charles Darwin quotes Dureau de la Malle’s observations on the behaviour of a dog reared by a cat. His major work De la Topographie de Carthage was published in 1835.