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1856. Hugh Miller, Scottish geologist and palaeontologist. Born 1802 died 1856. Photographic frontispiece of author by J.G. Tunny in some first editions of Miller's posthumous 1857 book "Testimony of the Rocks; or geology in its bearing on the two theologies, natural and revealed". Gernsheim, "Incunabala of British Photographic literature", p.67, cites this as the first book to ever include a photograph of its author. Miller was a stonesmason who went on to become a self-trained geologist/author. He is particularly associated with the mainly Devonian 'old red sandstone' of Scotland. His suicide while preparing to publish this book, diminished his reputation and some say damaged geology as a victorian hobby. Often cited as a fevered result of a conflict between science and religion - his brief suicide note seems to suggest he was scared of injuring his family during delusions (psychosis).
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