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Below are listings of used books that we feel are of special interest. Titles include books covering special mineral and mining localities, gemology, geology, mineralogy, fluorescent minerals, micromounting, field collecting guides, etc.

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“CALIFORNIA!”  The Mineralogical Record California Issue, Vol. 8, No. 6, November-December 1977, Edited by Wendell Wilson, 11” X 8 ½”, with 20 color, and more than 50 B & W photos, tables, line drawings, maps, soft cover.   One of the earliest special issues of the “Mineralogical Record” magazine, the special California Issue contains 13 articles covering important mineralogical localities within the state, authored by a wide variety of specialists including mine owners, mineral dealers, museum curators, and researchers from private industry as well as the University of California and the U. S. Geological Survey.  Subjects of interest include the following:

  • Gold from the Colorado Quartz Mine
  • Minerals of the Benitoite Gem Mine
  • Jonesite, A New Mineral from the Benitoite Gem Mine
  • Artinite from San Benito County
  • Famous Mineral Localities: The Himalaya Dike System, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County
  • Footnote: The Reopening of the Himalaya Mine
  • Mineralogy of the Champion Mine, White Mountains
  • The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • Minerals of the Blue Bell Mine, San Bernardino County
  • Vuagnatite, A New Silicate from Mendocino County
  • Hydroboracite from the Amargosa District, Eastern California
  • A Selected Bibliography of California Mineral Occurrences
  • The Best of San Diego County

In addition, the bimonthly features include the Guest Editorial, Notes from the Editor, The Historical Record, Microminerals, Rare Minerals Report, and Mineralogical Notes.  This 25+ year old California Issue contains a tremendous amount of very important historical information on the status of mineral localities.  Illustrated on the cover:  Benitoite with Natrolite form the Benitoite Gem Mine, San Benito County.  Published as Volume 8, Number 6 of the Mineralogical Record Magazine, November-December 1977.
Shipping weight:  2 pounds 
Order Item MR08-6
Price:  $10.00 

 



CLASSIC MINERAL LOCALITIES OF THE WORLD: ASIA AND AUSTRALIA, By P. Scalisi and D. Cook, 10 1/4 X 7, 226 pages, illustrated, cloth bound.  Classic Mineral Localities of the World provides information on many of the geographical sites where some of the finest examples of mineral species have been uncovered.  Featured are maps, crystal drawings, and photographs of gems and mineral specimens from the famous Harvard University collection, as well as other esteemed private collections.  Localities featured are some of the best known classic Russian mining districts, particularly in the Ural Mountains and Siberia.  Other areas covered include the Nuristan District of Afghanistan, plus several well known mineral producing localities in Australia.  Sections of Japan, China, Burma, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and Iran are also explored.  Extensive descriptions of the Diamond mines of India are included, in addition to one of the most complete listings of all well-known Indian Diamonds.  Relevant descriptions of each locality cover its mining history, mineralogy and geology, and types of specimens found.  An index map and a photo of each site is also provided.  Eight pages of color mineral specimen photos make the volume a stunning, as well as information-packed reference.  The book is in like new condition inside and outside. No dust jacket.  Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., Inc., New York, 1983.

 
Order Item # BK-2055
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price:  $160.00  
 
 


COLOR ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GEMSTONES, 1st Edition - By Joel E. Arem, Ph.D., F.G.A., 147 pages, 11 X 8 1/2 size, cloth bound.  This important encyclopedia is a milestone in lapidary publishing – the first reference source to present data on every known species and variety of gemstone.  Furthermore, its rich selection of color photographs illustrates more species than have ever before appeared in one volume.   Arranged alphabetically by the name of the mineral species, the book includes a complete cross index of familiar gem names.  Information on each gemstone mineral includes chemical formula, crystal structure, colors, luster, hardness, density, cleavage, optics, spectral data, luminescence, and sizes of large gemstones known for each mineral.  Over 220 mineral species are covered, and the color plates illustrate more than 185 of these – including all known color varieties of each species.  For as many as 100 of the rarer species a color photograph appears for the first time in print.  The author’s transparencies represent the most sophisticated techniques for gem photography, illustrating the exact color of faceted gemstones while displaying to best advantage the cut and brilliance derived from the  cutting of the stones.  This book will prove an invaluable reference for the lay person, as well as for collectors, jewelers, and others interested in a complete reference of all known minerals used as gemstones.  The book is in excellent condition, inside and out, with intact dust jacket.  Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1977.
Order Item # BK-2060
Shipping weight:  4 pounds
Price:  $65.00
 


COLOR ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GEMSTONES, 2nd Edition - By Joel E. Arem, Ph.D., F.G.A. 310 pages, 11 X 8 1/2 size, cloth bound. This updated and greatly enlarged 2nd Edition of the Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones includes 62 pages of color plates – over 300 color plates in all, illustrating many gemstones that are depicted in no other gemstone book.  At the time of its publication in 1987, Dr. Arem had produced the most complete and comprehensive tabulation ever available, on the properties of all known gemstone species and varieties.  Accurate data is given on each gemstone’s physical properties, occurrence, chemistry, availability, rarity, and market potential.  One of the major features of this 2nd Edition is the new coverage of synthetic gemstones, featuring complete data on all of the important synthetic materials, and including those both with, and without natural counterparts.  Also of special interest, and new to this edition, is a detailed analysis of color, and color measurement as applied to gemstones.  Here, the author presents a comprehensive listing of machine-generated color measurements on wide range of gemstone species and varieties.  Machine color analysis is far more accurate than visual estimation in gemstone description, and this is the first work ever to present this kind of information.  Additionally, a section on thermal properties of gems introduces the reader to this new and potentially useful diagnostic tool. Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1977, 1987.
Order Item # BK-2065
Shipping weight:  4 pounds
Price:  $125.00

COLOR TREASURY OF GEMS AND JEWELS, By the Instituto Geografico De Agostini, Novara, Italy, 1967, with 64 pages, 12 X 9 size, pictorial hard cover. This very nicely done coffee table type Italian book, printed in English, contains a wealth of extraordinarily well done, full color photographs of gemstones, minerals, and lapidary art objects including Malachite and Jadeite carvings, bowls made of Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Quartz, Turquoise, and much more.  The book begins with an historical introduction, outlining mankind’s interest in, and uses for minerals and gemstones.  Several pages follow, describing the principal gems / minerals used for gemstones. Numerous very well prepared gemstone facet cuts are illustrated.  There are numerous photographs of historically interesting lapidary objects dating from the time of the Egyptian civilization, and including many fine works of art from the various important societies including highlights from the Roman, Phoenician, Persian, Chinese, etc. civilizations.  Illustrations of many contemporary (early 20th Century) works from several European and Asian countries, as well as Mexico are included – beautifully executed bowls, knife scabbards, statuettes, and jewelry, as well as illustrations of exquisite tables made from semi-precious gemstones.  Numerous uncut mineral specimens are shown in their natural state, accompanied by precious stones fashioned from some of the illustrated gemstones such as Tourmaline, various colors of Beryl, i.e., Aquamarine, Morganite, Emerald, etc.  All photographs are of museum quality items, and the picture credits are from museums in European countries as well as from the USA.  The book is in like new condition inside, with a small amount of scuffing on the cover.  This English language edition was printed by Orbis Publishing Ltd., London, 1971.
Order Item # BK-2070
Shipping weight:  2 pounds
Price:  $30.00

 

DANA’S MANUAL OF MINERALOGY, 13th Edition - By William E. Ford, 7 1/2 X 5, 460 pages, illustrated with many line drawings, crystal drawings, black & white photos, cloth bound.  The author dedicates this book to students of elementary mineralogy, mining engineers, geologists, prospectors, mineral collectors, etc.  Chapters are dedicated to crystallography, general physical properties of minerals, chemical mineralogy, descriptive mineralogy, and determinative mineralogy.  The descriptive mineralogy chapter includes nearly 200 pages of descriptions of the minerals including the name, composition, crystallization, structure, physical properties, tests, occurrence, history of the name, and uses, followed by lists of minerals arranged according to elements, and according to  the systems of crystallization.    The chapter on determinative mineralogy includes nearly 100 pages of minerals with information on identification.  This ex-library book is in very good condition inside, with slight page yellowing due to age.  The outside of the book is in fair to poor condition, and could use a re-binding job (price is commensurate with condition).  Published by John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1915.
Order Item # BK-2075
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price:  $20.00

 

DANA’S MANUAL OF MINERALOGY, 13th Edition – For the student of elementary mineralogy, the mining engineer, the geologist, the prospector, the collector, etc. – By William E. Ford, 460 pages, cloth bound, 7 1/2 X 5.  Many more than 100 line drawings, crystal drawings, and black & white photos are included in this Manual of Mineralogy.  Chapters include crystallography, general physical properties of minerals, chemical mineralogy, descriptive mineralogy, and determinative mineralogy.  The tables in the determinative mineralogy section are most useful in identifying unknown minerals, with information given as to the color, luster, cleavage and fracture, hardness, specific gravity, crystallization and structure, remarks, and the mineral names with their respective chemical compositions.  The inside of the book is in excellent condition, considering its age – there is some natural yellowing of the paper.  The title page is partially loose, but intact.  The cover is worn, but quite acceptable considering its age.  Published in 1913, John Wiley & Sons, 1913.
Order Item # BK-2080
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price:  $35.00

 

DANA’S MANUAL OF MINERALOGY, 14th Edition – For the student of elementary mineralogy, the mining engineer, the geologist, the prospector, the collector, etc. – By William E. Ford, 476 pages, cloth bound, 7 1/2” X 5”.  Many more than 100 line drawings, crystal drawings, and black & white photos are included in this “Manual of Mineralogy”.  Chapters include crystallography, general physical properties of minerals, chemical mineralogy, descriptive mineralogy, and determinative mineralogy.  The tables in the determinative mineralogy section are most useful in identifying unknown minerals, with information given as to the color, luster, cleavage and fracture, hardness, specific gravity, crystallization and structure, remarks, and the mineral names with their respective chemical compositions.  Very nice copy!  The inside of the book is in like new condition, with some natural yellowing of the paper.  The cover is slightly worn – very good considering the book’s age.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, 1929.Order Item # BK-2081
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price:  $35.

 

DANA’S MANUAL OF MINERALOGY, 16th Edition - By  Cornelius S. Hurlbut, 9 X 6, 530 pages, illustrated with numerous tables, crystal drawings, black & white photos, two color plates, cloth binding.  A text for college-level beginning mineralogy.  Requires a basic background in or at least an understanding of physics and chemistry.  Contents of the book include chapters on mineralogy (including a very interesting section on the history of mineralogy), crystallography, physical and chemical mineralogy, descriptive mineralogy (232 pages), occurrence and association of minerals, mineral uses, and determinative mineralogy (includes determinative tables, and a list of minerals arranged according to increasing specific gravity).  The book is fully indexed with both a subject index, and a mineral index.  The book is in like new condition inside, with slight page yellowing, and the outside is in very good condition with mild wear to the spine ends and corners.   No dust jacket.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1956.
Order Item # BK-2085
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price:  $30.00

 

DANA’S MANUAL OF MINERALOGY, 17th Edition -  By Cornelius S. Hurlbut 9 1/4 X 7, 609 pages, illustrated with numerous tables, crystal drawings, black & white photos, two color plates, cloth binding.  This book is designed for the beginning course in mineralogy. The general organization of the book includes chapters on crystallography, followed by physical, chemical, and descriptive mineralogy. The chapter on crystallography includes a discussion of (1) the stereographic projection, (2), the 32 crystal classes, (3) the calculation of axial ratios, and (4) X-ray crystallography. The descriptive mineralogy section contains 290 pages and includes descriptions of more than 200 minerals.  A short discussion of the crystal chemistry of each class precedes the description of the individual species of that class.  Physical properties (hardness, specific gravity, luster, color, streak) are listed, plus the composition, tests, diagnostic features, occurrence, artificial uses of the mineral, industrial uses, information on the name, and data on similar species are given, where available. The final chapters cover the occurrence and association of minerals, as well as mineral uses – gem minerals, ornamental minerals, various industrial uses, and a list of minerals suitable for a small mineral collection.  The determinative mineralogy tables include 45 pages of data, with the minerals arranged according to increasing specific gravity.  The book has a subject index, and a mineral index.  This copy is in practically unused condition, inside and outside, with dust jacket.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1966.
Order Item # BK-2090
Shipping weight:  5 pounds
Price:  $35.00

 

DANA’S NEW MINERALOGY -  EIGHTH EDITION - By R. Gaines,  H. Skinner, E. Foord, B. Mason, and A. Rosenzweig, 1,800 pages, illustrated, hard cover.  This eighth edition continues “The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana”, and includes  state-of-the-art descriptions of over 3,000 mineral species.  The first edition was originally published by John Wiley & Sons in 1837, and the Dana’s System of Mineralogy has been the definitive guide to mineralogy for over 150 years.  This eighth edition has been entirely rewritten, and includes all mineral species recognized to date -- beginning with the native elements and alloys, sulfides and related compounds, continuing through the oxides, phosphates, etc., including the silicate minerals -- with complete data on about 1,500 minerals that were not even known when the last edition was published.   Information provided for each mineral includes its name (including synonyms, variants, and varieties), its chemical formula, the group it belongs to, crystal properties, physical properties, chemical properties, and much more.  The updated and enlarged locality data includes global coverage of tens of thousands of locations where minerals have been found.  The greatly enlarged lists of references include thousands of detailed references to the literature on mineralogy, including information on often hard-to-locate literature on minerals/localities described from eastern European countries and China. A comprehensive index of mineral names, varieties, and even ex-minerals is included.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1997.  Condition of this book is unused, with the corners slightly rounded from shipping in a padded bag -- otherwise, like new!!  Current list price for this fairly recent publication is $375.00!
Order Item BK2095
Shipping weight:  5 pounds     Price:  $195.00


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DANA’S SYSTEM OF MINERALOGY, 7TH Edition - By C. Palache, H. Berman, and C. Frondel, 9 1/4” X 6”, illustrated profusely with crystal drawings and tables, hard cover.  In 1892 Edward S. Dana published the 6th Edition of his father’s “System of Mineralogy”, dating from 1837.  This book soon became, and still is a recognized authority, used wherever mineralogy is studied.  The 7th  Edition is essentially a new work, completely revised and updated with all of the newest, up to date information on minerals, and incorporating  the vast changes that have affected the science of mineralogy during the half century that elapsed since the 6th Edition appeared.  Some of these changes include a new mineral classification, based on crystal chemistry, a new series of classification numbers for species, revised morphological elements based on the structural unit cell, a new form of presentation of the crystallographic data, introduction of data derived from x-ray crystallography, and much more.  The 7th Edition was published by John Wiley and Sons, New York.

 VOLUME I – 834 pages, 6th printing, published in 1961, includes data on the native elements, sulfides (including selenides and tellurides), sulfosalts, oxides, hydroxides, as well as multiple oxides.   Two copies are available, as individually described:

 A.  This copy is in perfect, like new condition inside and outside, and has a minor amount of water staining on the front cover/spine.
Order Item # BK-2100-A
Shipping weight:  4 pounds
Price:  $65.

B.  A second copy -- perfect condition inside and outside.
Order Item # BK-2100-B
Shipping weight:  4 pounds
Price:  $85.

 VOLUME II – 1,124 pages, published in 1951, includes data on the halides, carbonates, nitrates, iodates, borates, sulfates, selenates and tellurates, selenites and tellurites, phosphates, arsenates, and vanadates, antimonates, antimonites and arsenites, vanadium oxysalts, molybdates and tungstates, and organic compounds.  Two copies are available, as individually described below:

 A.  This copy is in perfect, like new condition inside, and has a small amount of water staining on the front cover and spine.
Order Item # BK-2105-A
Shipping weight:  5 pounds
Price:  $75.

B.  A second copy – perfect condition inside and outside.
Order Item # BK-2105-B
Shipping weight:  5 pounds
Price:  $95. 
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 VOLUME III – 334 pages, published in 1962, describes the mineralogy of the polymorphs of the Silica minerals.  This includes all forms and habits of Quartz, Agate, Chalcedony, High- and Low-Quartz, Opal, Cristobalite, Tridymite, Coesite, Stishovite, Meteoritic silica glass, Melanophlogite, Fulgurites, and much more.  Information included: all types of twinning, inclusions, morphological crystallography, structural crystallography, pseudomorphs, etc.  The text is illustrated with numerous crystal drawings, many showing the various twinning habits.  Many photographs, tables, and graphs are also included.  A single copy is available, as described below:

A.  This copy is in perfect, like new condition inside and outside.
Order Item # BK-2110-A
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price:  $120.              


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