Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1883. Hardcover. Volume III only. 4to. Dark brown cloth with gilt spine lettering. xxxiv, 1009pp, extensive unnumbered engraving section (about 2"!). Numerous full-page heavy stock illustrations (some foldouts), line drawings. Very good. Binding a tad edgeworn and scuffed (mainly at spine head and tail); inner hinges bear old but neat brown cloth tape reinforcements, thus tight -- and internally bright, lovely and near fine. Item #46010
Decently tight and handleable first edition of "Cope's Bible," the enormous third volume of U.S. Geologist-in-Charge F.V. Hayden's "Report of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories." This important, definitive study of this period in the West is divided into two Parts: "Part First" covers "The Puerco, Wasatch, and Bridger Faunae" while "Part Second" covers "The White River and John Day Faunae." The large number of heavy stock fossil plates that fill the final 2" are stunning and pristine. At a full 5" thick this represents the U.S.G.S.'s single largest volume. Discreet ex-library, the only markings being a smudge near the spine base, small blind-emboss on the title page and small elegant bookplate of one of Illinois' oldest public libraries on the front pastedown noting it was given by long-time Illinois congressman Robert R. Hitt (1834-1906). Excellent copy of this scarce, incredibly illustrated report whose size and weight often resulted in its destruction.