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On this page I list some useful references on cremation. Most of the links will take you to the full-text version of the original.

Anon. [“A member of the Royal College of Surgeons”] Burning the Dead, or, Urn Sepulture Religiously, Socially, and Generally Considered: With Suggestions for a Revival of the Practice, as a Sanitary Measure; by a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. London: George Philip and Son, 1857.

Cobb, Augustus G. Earth Burial and Cremation London, New York: G. P. Putnam, 1892.

Cobb, John Storer. A Quartercentury of cremation in North America:

Being a Report of Progress in the United States and Canada for the Last Quarter of the Nineteenth Century; to which have been added, as an afterthought, a few words about the advance in Europe during the same period. Boston: Knight & Millet, 1901.

(Includes a valuable bibliography of early works and tables showing the numbers of cremations.)

Dowd, Quincey L. Funeral Management and Costs: A World-survey of Burial and Cremation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1921.

Eassie, William. Cremation of the Dead: Its History and Bearings Upon Public Health London: Smith Elder & Co., 1875.

Erichsen, Hugo. The Cremation of the Dead Considered from an Aesthetic, Sanitary, Religious, Historical, Medico-legal, and Economical Standpoint; with an introductory note by T. Spencer Wells. Detroit: D. O. Haynes & Company, 1887.

Haweis, Rev. H. R. Ashes to Ashes: A Cremation Prelude. London: Daldy, Isbister, & Co., 1875.

Richardson, Aubrey. The Law of Cremation: An Outline of the Law Relating to Cremation, Ancient and Modern: Together with the Rules and Regulations of Various Cremation Societies at Home and Abroad London: Reeves & Turner, 1893.

Robinson, William. God’s Acre Beautiful or, The Cemeteries of the Future.

London: Garden Office, 1880.

Robinson, William. God’s Acre Beautiful or, The Cemeteries of the Future.

3rd ed. London: John Murray, 1883.

Thompson, Sir Henry; Wells, Spencer; Stephen, James Fitzjames. Cremation: The Treatment of the Body After Death. 3rd ed. London: Smith Elder & Co., 1884.