Folding frontis. (a folding salt print) & several text illus. 54 pp. 8vo, orig. patterned blue cloth, upper cover stamped in gilt. Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1854. First edition and a very bright presentation copy, of an important work in the history of American photography. Warren (1778-1856), "is remembered especially for his connection with the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia. On Oct. 16, 1846, Warren operated on a patient under ether anesthesia given by W.T. G. Morton. To Warren, the outstanding surgeon of his day, belongs the credit for allowing his name and position to be used as a sponsor for this courageous and revolutionary experiment."-D.A.B., X, pp. 481-82. In his later years, Warren became interested in geology and paleontology. He formed a large collection of fossils from the Jurassic rocks of the Connecticut Valley. This classic work describes the so-called "bird-tracks," which were later recognized as having been produced by dinosaurs and other reptiles. It is illustrated with a folding salt print photograph of a slab of rock from Greenfield, Massachusetts, with fossilized animal tracks. This is the first American scientific book published illustrated by a photograph. Warren writes on page 49: "We are indebted to Photography for enabling us to represent the remarkable slab from Greenfield, and its numerous objects, in a small space, yet with perfect accuracy." The photograph was made by a Mr. Silsbee (so stated on p. 52); this is certainly George M. Silsbee, active as a photographer in Boston, 1852-57. Fine copy. Inscribed by Warren on the free front endpaper: "Franklin Bache, M.D. with the regards of his friend The Author." Bache (1792-1864), the great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin, was professor of chemistry at the Jefferson Medical College and president of the American Philosophical Society. ❧ Truthful Lens, 181-"the image, generally faint, depicts a rock displaying fossil remains. Appearing shortly after the Homes of American Statesmen, this volume is the second American publication illustrated with a photograph." . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5465)
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