Saturday, April 28, 2007

Before the Deluge

"The observer who glances over a rich and fertile plain, watered by rivers and streams which have, during a long series of ages, pursued the same uniform and tranquil course; the traveller who contemplates the walls and monuments of a great city, the first founding of which is lost in the night of ages, testifying, apparently, to the unchangeableness of things and places; the naturalist who examines a mountain or other locality, and finds the hills and valleys and other accidents of the soil in the very spot and condition in which they are described by history and tradition - none of these observers would at first suspect that any serious change had ever occurred to disturb the surface of the globe. Nevertheless, the earth has not always presented the calm aspect of stability which it now exhibits; it has had its convulsions, and its physical revolutions, whose story we are about to trace."

Earth in a gaseous state

'The Earth in a gaseous state circulating in space'

Landscape of the Silurian Period
'Ideal Landscape of the Silurian Period'

Landscape of the Devonian Period
'Ideal Landscape of the Devonian Period'

marine life in the Carboniferous Period
'Ideal view of marine life in the Carboniferous Period'

forest in the Coal Period
'Ideal view of a marshy forest in the Coal Period'

Landscape of the Permian Period
'Ideal Landscape of the Permian Period'

Landscape of the Muschelkalk Period
'Ideal Landscape of the Muschelkalk Period'

Landscape of the Saliferous or Keuper Period
'Ideal Landscape of the Saliferous or Keuper Period'

Ichthyosaurus and Plesiosaurus
'Ideal Scene of the Lias Period with Ichthyosaurus and Plesiosaurus'

Landscape of the Liassic Period
'Ideal Landscape of the Liassic Period'

Landscape of the Lower Oolite Period
'Ideal Landscape of the Lower Oolite Period'

Landscape of the Middle Oolite Period
'Ideal Landscape of the Middle Oolite Period'

Scene of the Lower  Cretaceous Period
'Ideal Scene of the Lower Cretaceous Period'

Landscape of the Cretaceous Period
'Ideal Landscape of the Cretaceous Period'

Landscape of the  Eocene Period
'Ideal Landscape of the Eocene Period'

Landscape of the Pliocene Period
'Ideal Landscape of the Pliocene Period'

Wooly Mammoth in the St. Petersburg Museum
'Skeleton of the Mammoth in the St. Petersburg Museum'

Quaternary Epoch -- Europe
'Ideal View of the Quaternary Epoch -- Europe'

Deluge of the North of Europe
'Deluge of the North of Europe'

Appearance of Man
'Appearance of Man'

"The object of "The World before the Deluge" is to trace the progressive steps by which the earth has reached its present state, from that condition of chaos when it "was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the the deep," and to describe the various convulsions and transformations through which it has successively passed."

'The World Before the Deluge' by Louis Figuier (1872 revision of the 1862 text) is online at 19th century science.

****UPDATE: A full (and better quality) 1863 edition of this book has now been uploaded by Strasbourg Digital Library.

I've been more than a little busy this week. In other news...
  • The Library of Congress have a blog.
  • Brian Sawyer (Craftzine, Makezine) has a blog - bookbinding and craft.
  • The only thing I've seen at the British Library's 'Sacred' online gallery is an exquisite Ethiopian bible in the Turn the Pages section (I haven't quite worked out yet what exactly is 'new' here).
  • 'Discover Islamic Art in the Mediterranean' contains >600 artefacts from 14 countries in 18 exhibition sites, assembled by 90 curators from the productive output of 1200 years. (multiple languages) For each exhibition site, click the 'more information' and any other links around to find everything available. (first appearances are a little deceptive).
  • Revolutionary Players is another vast site I've hardly looked at "focusing on the history of the Industrial Revolution in the West Midlands in Britain between the years 1700 and 1830." [via]

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Royal Navy Sketchbooks

prison camp vignettes

Waste heat water heater

wwii prison cartoon - when will it end?

hong kong scenes in watercolour

argyle street theatre - wwii sketch

ww2 prison sketch of barbershop

POW Sketchbook
"A bound sketchbook containing a series of 36 pencil and watercolour sketches drawn by Commander Mervyn Scott Lindslay whilst a prisoner of the Japanese at North Point Camp in Hong Kong from 1942 to 1945. The sketches include views from the camp, of the interior and exterior of huts, the galley, scullery, inmates' footwear, wood cutting parties, the barber's shop, furniture, portraits of Lindslay and other inmates, and designs for a house that Lindslay hopes to build after his release."

navy cartoon 1964

plane satires in navy sketchbook

royal navy sketchbook cartoon

navy cartoon sketch 1964

849 Squadron HQ Vol. 2. 1964 by PAF Grant.
There are no specific notes for this sketchbook - something of a satirical
tradition for this naval aviation squadron formed in 1942.

navy mechanic school world war 2 schematic

aviation schematic from WWII naval school
"Sketches from notebooks kept by Petty Officer Wren Margaret Field. They were completed whilst she was attending various Women's Royal Naval Service aircraft maintenance training courses. The courses were held at HMS Fledgling, a WRNS training establishment located near Eccleshall in 1943 and at HMS Kestrel, a Royal Naval Air Station located near Worthy Down, Winchester in 1945."

Sea Your History is a new British archive documenting the history of the Royal Navy in the 20th century. It is an evolving project but already there's a lot of interesting material, particularly in the Image Gallery (including a number of journals, sketchbooks - obviously, and cartoon/satire books; and of course photographs). The site is what I might describe as 'fair' to negotiate. [via]

"The crossing the Arctic Circle certificate of Chief Petty Officer Betram Lagard. He received it whilst serving as part of an Arctic convoy onboard HMS Fitzroy, on 23rd October 1944. He was now entitled to be called a Loyal Member of the Most Ancient Order of the Bluenose." [from the 'Crossing the Line' section]

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