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Scenes from Deep Time: Early Pictorial Representations of the Prehistoric World

By: Martin JS Rudwick

280 pages, 107 b/w illustrations

University of Chicago Press

Paperback | Jan 1996 | #46405 | ISBN: 0226731057
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Hardback | Oct 1992 | #20430 | ISBN: 0226731049
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About this book

How did the earth look in prehistoric times? Scientists and artists collaborated during the half-century prior to the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species to produce the first images of dinosaurs and the world they inhabited. Their interpretations, informed by recent fossil discoveries, were the first efforts to represent the prehistoric world based on sources other than the Bible. Martin J. S. Rudwick presents more than a hundred rare illustrations from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to explore the implications of reconstructing a past no one has ever seen.

"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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1. Creation and the Flood
2. Keyholes into the Past
3. Monsters of the Ancient World
4. A First Sequence of Scenes
5. Domesticating the Monsters
6. The Genre Established
7. Making Sense of It All

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