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Last Update4 Jan 2019: The website is now hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), after the previous hosting could not be sustained Older updates (2013): George Johnston, M. D., A History of the British Zoophytes
All books are now available as an Acrobat PDF volume, accessible from the book's entry page.
Hugh Miller, The Old Red Sandstone
(8th Edition, 1858)
WELCOME TO THE REVISED
GOLDEN AGE OF GEOLOGY LIBRARY
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The Golden Age of
I confess indeed for my
own part, I do not
look to see the exertions of the present race of geologists surpassed
by any who may succeed them. The great geological theorizers of the
past belong to the Fabulous Period of the science ; but I consider the
eminent men by whom I am surrounded as the Heroic Age of Geology. They
have slain its monsters and cleared its wildernesses; and founded here
and there a great metropolis, the queen of future empires. They have
exerted combinations of talents, which we cannot hope to see often
again exhibited; especially when the condition of the science which
produced them is changed. I consider that it is now the destiny of
Geology to pass from the heroic to the Historical Period. She can no
longer look for supernatural successes: but she is entering upon a
career, I trust a long and prosperous one, in which she must carry her
vigilance into every province of her territory, and extend her dominion
over the earth, till it becomes, far more truly than any before, a
the Rev. William Whewell
Address as President of the
Geological Society (England).
February 15, 1839*
The Library of 19th Century
Science contains a number of
books and reports written (mostly) in the 19th century. The books are
available for direct viewing.
Fair Use. You are encouraged to browse the
listings and use this site
as a library resource for your personal use. This includes downloading
a single copy of a complete report for personal use. All materials are
copyrighted, and all rights are reserved.
The Golden Age of Geology library has many of the important books on
Geology written in the 19th Century, including the complete Bridgewater
Treatises, and works by William Smith, John Phillips, William Daniel
Conybeare, Baron Georges Cuvier, John Herschel, Robert Bakewell, Edward
Hitchcock, Louis Agassiz, Adam Sedgwick, Gideon Algernon Mantell, John
Pye Smity, Sir Charles Lyell, Hugh Miller, Alexander von
Humboldt, James Dana, Alexander Winchell, Louis Figuier, Ernst
Haeckel, Sir Andrew Ramsay, Archibald Geikie, Sir William
Dawson, Karl Alfred von Zittel, and Eduard Suess.
The Golden Age of Geology
has all of the books available for viewing as linked
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Last Update 4 Jan 2019 - The website is now hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)