Underworlds

Our understanding of the earth changed radically in the early 1800s. The discovery of the true age of the planet and the remarkable species that had inhabited it before us astonished the world, challenging long-held beliefs.Noted geologists and popular science writers crafted engaging narratives about our newly discovered past, sharing and debating controversial ideas like extinction and an earth once dominated by reptiles.

Cover of Dickinsons' comprehensive pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851

Dickinsons' comprehensive pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851

Nash, Joseph; Haghe, Louis; Roberts, David; Dickinson Brothers (Firm)
Dickinson, Brothers, Her Majesty's Publishers
1854 [i.e. 1852]
Cover of Discours sur les révolutions de la surface du globe et sur les changemens qu'elles ont produits dans le régne animal

Discours sur les révolutions de la surface du globe

Cuvier, Georges, baron
Chez G. Dufour et Ed. d'Ocagne
1826
Cover of Geological text-book, prepared for popular lectures on North American geology with applications to agriculture and the arts

Geological text-book, prepared for popular lectures on North American geology

Eaton, Amos
Printed by Websters and Skinners
1830
Cover of Iconographic encyclopaedia of science, literature, and art

Iconographic encyclopaedia of science, literature, and art v. 1 (plates)

Heck, J. G.; Baird, Spencer Fullerton
R. Garrigue
1852
Cover of Iconographic encyclopaedia of science, literature, and art

Iconographic encyclopaedia of science, literature, and art v. 2 (plates)

Heck, J. G.; Baird, Spencer Fullerton
R. Garrigue
1852
Cover of Principles of geology - being an attempt to explain the former changes of the earth's surface, by reference to causes now in operation

Principles of geology v. 1

Lyell, Charles, Sir; Deshayes, G. P.
John Murray ...
1830-1833
Cover of Principles of geology v. 2

Principles of geology v. 2

Lyell, Charles, Sir; Deshayes, G. P.
John Murray ...
1830-1833
Cover of Principles of geology - being an attempt to explain the former changes of the earth's surface, by reference to causes now in operation

Principles of geology v. 3

Lyell, Charles, Sir; Deshayes, G. P.
John Murray ...
1830-1833
Cover of The palace and park - its natural history, and its portrait gallery, together with a description of the Pompeian Court.

The palace and park

Phillips, Samuel; Forbes, Edward; Scharf, George, Sir; Owen, Richard; Latham, R. G.
Crystal Palace Library
1859
Cover of Volcanoes and earthquakes

Volcanoes and earthquakes

Zurcher; Margollé, Élie; Lockyer, Winifred (James), Mrs.
R. Bentley
1868