Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1854. 54pp. plus folding photographic frontispiece. Two in-text illustrations. Original blue cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Minor edge wear, rubbing, and soiling to boards, spine darkened. Internally clean. Very good plus. Item #WRCAM54973
A presentation copy of the second American book - and the first American scientific book - to be illustrated with a photograph, preceded by a few months by the less interesting HOMES OF AMERICAN STATESMEN. Warren, president of the Boston Society of Natural History, became very interested in the famous dinosaur tracks found in sandstone at Rocky Hill, Connecticut. The book discusses the tracks, and several are illustrated in the folding photographic frontispiece, a salt print made by a photographer named George M. Silsbee. The image, although faint (as are all copies) shows several fossil prints. Warren has inscribed the front free endpaper: "Dr Davis with the regards of The Author." THE TRUTHFUL LENS 181.