Title: Vesuvius in Eruption

Creator: Unknown

Description: Vesuvius in eruption, 1872. The top of the crater is concealed, but the position can be approximately ascertained. The column of steam is at least three times the height of the mountain (about 4250 feet), or nearly 2 ¼ miles vertical. The lava flowing down the slopes is also emitting steam. The photograph was the first ever taken of a volcano in eruption.

Source: From Bonney, Thomas George, ‘Volcanoes. Their structure and significance’, London: John Murray (1912), Plate 1.

Format: Photographic illustration

Image reference: 02-27

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