By: Martin JS Rudwick
280 pages, 107 b/w illus,
This book traces the earliest attempts to reconstruct the past. With over 100 lithographs and engravings from the 18th and 19th centuries, many reproduced here for the first time and accompanied by portions of the original explanatory texts, Rudwick argues that scientists and artists invented earth history as evidence from nature supplanted the biblical view of the distant past.
`This work reveals an extraordinary group of illustrations of the `deep past' as seen by geologists, artists, and the public at large during the 19th century' - Jim Secord, University of Cambridge.
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