This image comes from the collections of The Geological Society and is part of a series on the theme of Hope and Fear in library and archive collections to coincide with the Being Human festival.

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“View of the great eruption of Mount Vesuvius, on Sunday night August the 8th 1779, taken from an original drawing done by M Peter Fabris, near his Sicilian Majesty’s Palace at Pausipolo at the moment of eruption.”, taken from Hamilton, W. (1799) Campi Phlegraei, ou, observations sur les volcans des Deux Siciles. Nouvelle éd. edn. Paris: Chez Lamy, plate 56. Hand coloured etching.