Miller, Hugh; Testimony of the Rocks; or, Geology in its bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed. Boston, Gould and Lincoln, 1857. Octavo, pp. xiv, 502, 14, frontispiece, 66 woodcuts.
The work is complete and in the publisher’s, brown, stamped cloth with gilt titles. The binding is tight and clean, early penned signature on free end sheet. The text is lightly toned with outer fringe of rear end sheet having a light stain. Three signatures are starting, otherwise a very good copy.
Hugh Miller (1802-1856) was a Scottish geologist and lay theologian who was considered one of the finest geological writers of the 19th century and whose popular writings were widely successful in arousing public interest in geology and geologic history.
His Testimony of the Rocks was published posthumously and as is noted at the start of the work, "Few readers of this volume, it is presumed, need to be informed that its lamented author spent a part of the last day of his life in correcting the proofs of its concluding pages." Miller's last book is organized as a series of lectures. The first two deal with the paleontology of plants and animals, and their succession in the Earth's geologic history. He then begins discussion of the "two records", Biblical and Geological. Lectures 7 & 8 deal with the "Noachian Deluge". The first deals primarily with theological issues, and the second primarily with geological. This is followed by the contrasting two types of evidence, with lecture 10 refuting many of the "young Earth global flood" claims of the day. Miller characterizes the adherents to a global flood, who were attempting to refute geologists of his period, as "anti-geologists".