(37) Chapter 1.

The farewells begin.

England, late birthplace of excellence and school of the wise, your children are gone, your glory faded, your tale of power and liberty at its close!

Published in 1815, and inspired by recent discoveries at Stonehenge and elsewhere, these images from a popular work of imaginative antiquarianism show what prehistoric England looked like to the people of Mary Shelley’s time. The Last Man pictures a world 250 years in the future, though ultimately one far closer to the world of 1826 then anything in this actual 21st century. One of the most striking differences being, that Mary Shelly assumes the end of human history will still occur in modern dress; while we’ve come to expect more tattoos, more reversions.

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