Geology and Inhabitants of the Ancient World (Crystal Palace Guide 15)

Crystal Palace Dinosaurs | Professor Joe Cain


Richard Owen’s original guide to the Crystal Palace dinosaurs, created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and displayed in Crystal Palace Park, Sydenham, London since 1854. These life-sized sculptures of prehistoric “monsters” included dinosaurs, mammals, marine reptiles, and other antediluvian beasts. Owen’s guide gave visitors technical descriptions of underlying biology and geology. The goal was to move beyond mere sensational display to create accurate and sophisticated ‘visual education’ for visitors to the park. The result is a celebration of British geology at the very height of its expertise. Complete facsimile of 1854 edition.


Richard Owen was Hunterian Professor and Conservator at the Royal College of Surgeons and soon to be Superintendent of the Natural History Department at the British Museum. He served as a consultant to Hawkins on this project. Owen was one of the most important paleontologists and comparative anatomists of the 19th century. He invented the taxonomic category of dinosaurs. This guide shows Owen’s biases and special interests.


Owen, Richard. 1854. Geology and Inhabitants of the Ancient World  (London: Euston Grove Press), 48 pages. 2013 facsimile edition.

ISBN13: 9781906267360 (paperback)
ISBN10: 1906267367 (paperback)
Recommended price: GBP£5.99 | USD$10.99 | Euro€10.99
dimensions: A5 8.3 x 5.8 (inches)
dimensions: A5 210 x 148 (mm)

A previous edition was published in 2010 using ISBN 9781906267148. That edition now is out-of-print.


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