Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1861.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Quarto. 61 pp text followed by 46 plates (37 lithographs, 9 plates containing 22 separate mounted photographs). Introduction by Augustus A. Gold, biographical notice of the author (who died before publication) by Henry I. Bowditch. Original textured cloth boards, edgeworn and rebacked with new spine and paper label. Some foxing to plates, generally confined to the margins. Ownership stamp and signature of Tennessee archeologist Charles K. Peacock. Deane was a Massachusetts surgeon who became fascinated with the fossilized footprints of extinct animals found in quarry near his home. Recognizing the scientific importance of these fossils (which became very first dinosaur tracks to recognized and studied by scientists), he worked closely with an unknown photographer to document them. This is one of the first scientific works printed in America to be illustrated with photographic prints.