undefaced


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undefaced

(ˌʌndɪˈfeɪst)
adj
not defaced; intact
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Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests undefaced by the hand of man; whether those of Brazil, where the powers of Life are predominant, or those of Tierra del Fuego, where Death and decay prevail.
For a start, the world Darwin saw as he trekked into the South American landscape was as often a barren wasteland as a scene of hyperfertility: as he put it, "among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests undefaced by the hand of man; whether those of Brazil, where the powers of Life are predominant, or those of Tierra del Fuego, where Death and Decay prevail." (20) In both scenes it is the absence of "the hand of man" that makes its mark on his imagination rather than its fertility or otherwise.
Possibly Grey had come to find these hybrid productions a trifle gaudy in their conspicuous consumerism: an 1863 dealer's catalogue describes one as 'undefaced by colouring'.
Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests, undefaced by the hand of man, whether those of Brazil, where the powers of life are predominant, or those of Tierra del Fuego, where death & decay prevail.