Library of 19th Century Science
The Golden Age of Geology

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and maintained by Dr. David C. Bossard.



Last Update 08 November 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)




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The Golden Age of Geology

    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 universal empire.
the Rev. William Whewell
delivered February 15, 1839*
* Address as President of the Geological Society (England).


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.

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The Golden Age of Geology


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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.

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Last Update 19 March 2012  -
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)