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THE REMOTE ANTIQUITY OF MAN NOT PROVEN - Primeval Man Not A Savage (1882)

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THE REMOTE ANTIQUITY OF MAN NOT PROVEN - Primeval Man Not A Savage (1882)

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THE REMOTE ANTIQUITY OF MAN NOT PROVEN - Primeval Man Not A Savage (1882)

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B.C.Y. (Benjamin Charles Young). The Remote Antiquity of Man Not Proven: Primeval Man Not A Savage. London: Elliot Stock, [1882]. 

First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Publisher’s brown cloth with black borders and device, and gilt titles to front. Gilt titles to spine. Bevelled edges. 191 pages. Light wear to spine ends, a couple of small bubbles to cloth on front and reverse near spine. Paper splitting at front inner hinge but does not affect binding which is quite sound. Very light foxing to title page, a few roughly opened pages along top edge. All in all a very good copy of this rare volume. 

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Young here goes to considerable lengths to gather together reliable scientific testimony to argue against the assumption of a very remote antiquity of man on earth and also against the idea that primeval man was a savage, or that there was even a peopled stone age prior to the ancient Egyptians. He takes on the scientific minds of the time and does his best to pick apart their specific testimonies, indicating that the evidence they used is based only on deduction and has no real validity that can be proven. He argues specifically against the work of William Pengelly, noted British geologist and makes some interesting points in contrast to Pengelly’s cave research (primarily at Kent’s Cavern in Devon). Young’s conclusions do seem to fall short on occasion but he does make some fine arguments. To get a better idea of subject areas covered in this scarce volume, here are some of the contents: Caves, Extinct Mammalia, The Three Ages, Primeval Man - Was He a Savage, Alluvial Deposits, Peat-Bogs, The Glacial Period - When was it?, Egypt, Miscellanea: Kitchen Middens; Pile Villages; The Mississippi; Cone of the Piniere. This is a strange little volume.