Washington: Government Printing Office, 1873. Leather bound. 844pp. Octavo [22.5 cm] Green leather, with the spine gilt stamped in six compartments, and decorative gilt floral designs and ruled borders on the covers. All edges gilt. Gilt turn-ins. Yellow endpapers. The extremities are rubbed, the leather is a bit chipped at the head of the spine, and the title page is taped. This was once in the holdings of the Library of Congress, but has now been ink stamped "cancelled" on the title page. The pages and plates have light tide marks in the margins, with the tide marks occasionally bleeding into the text and plates, and becoming larger and more pronounced at the rear. The plate at p. 51 (Figure 10) has a couple of small closed tears in the edges. *Missing 2 maps (Map of Shoshone Geysers; Map of the Sources of Snake River). Else all plates present. Good. Item #51668
Part I. Report of F. V. Hayden. Part II. Special Reports on Geology and Paleontology. Part III: Special Reports on Zoology and Botany. A major work on the exploration of the West. Hayden and his team were some of the first European-Americans (outside a handful of trappers) to document one of the true natural wonders of the world. This represents the first coordinated effort to explore what came to be known as Yellowstone. Includes the following Reports: Report of A. C. Peale; Report of Frank H. Bradley, Geologist of the Snake River Division; Physical Geography and Agricultural Resources of Minnesota, Dakota, and Nebraska. By Cyrus Thomas, PH. D.; Lignitic Formation and Fossil Flora. By Leo. Lesquereux; Paleontological Report by F. B. Meek; Report of a Geological Reconnaissance Along the Union Pacific Railroad. By H. M. Bannister; On the Extinct Vertebrata of the Eucene of Wyoming Observed By the Expedition of 1872, With Notes on the Geology. By Edward D. Cope, A. M.