TEXTBOOK OF MINERALOGY,
4th Edition - By W. E. Ford, 9 X 6, 851 pages, illustrated with
several hundred line drawings and crystal drawings, cloth bound.
This book is sub-titled with an extended treatise on
crystallography and physical mineralogy, and continues the work of Edward
Salisbury Dana. This 4th
Edition of the series of Dana’s Textbook of Mineralogy was initially
published only a little over ten years since the 3rd Edition.
The science of mineralogy had so many new developments during this
period, that it was necessary to present the new data in this highly
revised 4th Edition. Numerous
changes and updates have been made in all areas of the book.
The Part I chapters include general morphological and mathematical
relations of crystals, with revised data on the six crystal systems.
Measurement of the angles of crystals, compound or twin crystals,
irregularities of crystals, and crystalline aggregates are also covered.
In Part II, the physical characters of minerals are given.
Part III covers chemical mineralogy, Part IV covers origin, mode of
occurrence and association of minerals, and Part IV covers descriptive
mineralogy (nearly 400 pages). Appendix
A presents information on the drawing of crystal figures, and Appendix B
includes the tables to be used in the determination of minerals, the
general index, and the index to species.
The book is in like new condition inside, and the outside shows
very minimal edge wear. No
dust jacket. Published by John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1958.
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1ST Edition – By Eric
Bruton, with original dust jacket, illustrated with b/w photos, figures,
charts, maps, glossary of terms, 4 appendices, index, hard cover, 372
pages, 10 1/4” X 6 1/2”. Summarized from the back of the book jacket… this
is the only book all about the important aspects of gem Diamonds –
Diamonds in early history, myths, legends and mysticism, Diamond as a
gemstone, mines in India, Brazil, Africa, and Siberia. The history of
South African discoveries is covered, along with mining and extraction
methods. Additional chapters cover: struggles for financial control of
the Diamond fields, how the Diamond market operates, sorting rough
Diamonds, history of cutting and polishing, how Diamonds are cut and
polished, grading polished Diamonds for color, clarity, and cut. The
author completes this work with chapters covering estimating weights of
Diamonds in jewelry, methods of valuation for investment, geology of
Diamond deposits, Diamond crystals and their forms, physical properties of
Diamonds, identification of Diamond and it simulants, history of synthetic
Diamond, followed by information on artificial coloration and fraudulent
“improvement”. Condition of the book is excellent inside and outside,
with a clear plastic cover on the dust jacket. There is a small cut at
the base of the introductory page. This is a special edition, printed as
the Reliance Diamonds Collector’s Edition. Published by Chilton Book Co.,
Radnor, PA, 1970.
Order Item # BK-2120-1970
2ND Edition - By Eric
Bruton, with original dust jacket, illustrated with color (1) and b/w
(numerous) photos, figures, charts, maps, glossary of terms, 6 appendices,
index, hard cover, 532 pages, 10” X 6 1/4”. Completely revised and
updated with much information and more illustrations added since the 1st
Edition, "Diamonds" covers every aspect of Diamonds, their history and
legends, where found, mined, and recovered, how the Diamond market
operates, sorting and cutting and history of cuts, manufacture and
grading, valuation, geology and origins, crystallography, physical
properties, synthetic Diamonds, famous Diamonds, and the identification of
Diamonds. Condition is like new, inside and outside, with clear plastic
cover on the dust jacket. Published by the Chilton Book Co., Radnor, PA,
Order Item # BK-2120-1978
OF MINERALOGY”, By Brian Mason
and L. G. Berry, 550 pages, 9 1/2” X 6 1/4”, includes many black & white
photos of mineral specimens from the collections of the Royal Ontario
Museum and Queen’s University in Canada, as well as from the American
Museum of Natural History in NY, cloth bound. In addition to the b & w
photos of mineral specimens, the book is profusely illustrated with many
more than 100 crystal drawings and structural illustrations, tables, and
charts. This book was intended to satisfy the requirements of a first
course in mineralogy, and also to be useful to the student as a permanent
reference. Emphasis is given to general principles, as well as to the
significance of mineralogical data in interpreting geological phenomena.
The authors’ goals in preparing this book were to develop in the student
the facility for identifying minerals, especially the more common ones,
and to provide the student with an understanding of the physics,
chemistry, and genesis of minerals. With this in mind, the greater goal
is to go beyond the identification of the minerals to consideration of
their geological significance and the evidence they bear for the
interpretation of Earth history. The first 200 pages include chapters
covering crystallography, the chemistry of minerals, the physics of
minerals, the genesis of minerals, determinative mineralogy, and the
systematics of mineralogy. This section is followed by 200+ pages
covering the mineral descriptions, arranged by chemical classification
(elements, sulfides, etc.). The final section covers determinative
mineralogy, and includes 27 pages of data in the form of determinative
tables, followed by a comprehensive index of the minerals and subjects
covered. This book is in like new condition, inside and outside. The
data included in this book is as timely and relevant now, as it was when
published. Published by W. F. Freeman & Co., San Francisco, CA, 1968.
“ELEMENTS OF OPTICAL MINERALOGY – AN INTRODUCTION TO MICROSCOPIC PETROGRAPHY”, By A. N. Winchell, 5th Edition, 263 pages, 9 1/4” X 6”, hard cover. This book constitutes a treatise on the principles and methods of optical mineralogy, including a section on the universal stage. Among other topics, the theoretical discussion of the refractive index and elements of symmetry are presented. The author has included more than 300 line drawings illustrating optical properties of minerals, crystal drawings, plus several black and white photos of petrographic microscopes. Chapters include: elementary conceptions of mineralogy, crystallography, physical and chemical characters of minerals, elementary conceptions of optics, optical properties of isotropic minerals, microscopes, preparation of material for microscopic study, microscopic study of refringence, isotropic minerals, the nicol prism, uniaxial minerals in parallel polarized light, uniaxial minerals in convergent polarized light, uniaxial minerals, optical properties of biaxial minerals, biaxial minerals in convergent polarized light, biaxial minerals, special methods of study, and graphic methods for the improved universal stage. The book is fully indexed by mineral names and subjects covered. In a pocket at the back of the book are four special plates, including a universal stage protractor. The book is in good condition inside and outside, with a small amount of shelf wear to the dust jacket. Published by John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1922.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MINERALS, 1ST EDITION, By Roberts, Rapp, and Weber, 693 pages, 11 1/4” X 8 3/4”, fully illustrated in color, hard cover. The authors compiled this comprehensive work as a source of information, arranged in alphabetical order, for use by the amateur as well as students, professors, and research scientists. A brief glossary of mineralogical terms is followed by nearly 700 pages of mineralogical data: mineral names, chemical formula, crystal system, class, space group, lattice constants, three strongest diffraction lines, optical constants, density, mode of occurrence (geographical data), cleavage, habit, color, luster, and best reference in English are the topics covered for each mineral! At the time of its printing, the “Encyclopedia of Minerals” was the most authoritative, up to date, reference available anywhere on all of the known and authenticated minerals….it still is, for the more than 2,200 minerals covered in the text! This is one of the more usable, quick reference texts available, current through minerals described in 1973. Nearly 1,000 spectacular color photos of mineral specimens are provided! The photos were selected to illustrate the outstanding features of a wide range of minerals, including many rare minerals for which photographs are generally difficult or impossible to locate. Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1974.
GEM AND CRYSTAL TREASURES - By Dr. Peter Bancroft, 448 pages, 9 1/4 X 11, illustrated with nearly 1,000 b/w and color photos, hard cover. Through Gem and Crystal Treasures, Dr. Bancroft provides the reader with 100 field trips to many of the world's most exotic gem and mineral localities. You will relive the discovery and earliest days of mining at each deposit, and meet those who worked in and about the mines – all portrayed in 667 b/w illustrations, and accompanied by an incredible amount of historical background information on each of these important mineral and gem producing localities. Over 320 crystallized mineral and gemstone treasures and specimens are depicted in full color. Each mineral specimen has been selected as one of the choicest examples available, worldwide – specimens pictured are from some of the world's most notable mineralogical / gemological museum displays, as well as from the collections of private individuals. The mineral photographs are augmented by photos of exquisite gemstone carvings, faceted gems, and stunning jewelry made from the gemstones found at these localities. Condition: like new inside, very good outside with minimal shelf wear. Dust jacket intact, also with minimal shelf wear. Published by Western Enterprises and The Mineralogical Record, AZ, 1984.
& PRECIOUS STONES OF NORTH AMERICA,
By George Frederick Kunz, 9 1/4 X 6, 367 pages, pictorial soft cover.
The book is very richly illustrated with numerous line drawings,
woodcuts, as well as black and white photos, and includes many tables
summarizing data on the various gemstones described.
Dr. Kunz was unusual in being both a geologist and one of
America’s greatest practicing commercial gemologists, as well as a
consultant for Tiffany. His
book contains a wealth of information on Diamond, Chrysolite, Sapphire,
Ruby, Spinel, Turquoise, Tourmaline, Zircon, Garnet, Beryl, Chrysoberyl,
Quartz, Agate and other crystalline and non-crystallized forms of Quartz,
Spodumene, and dozens of semi-precious or highly ornamental stones.
For each, the author gives crystallographic data (where
applicable), physical data, chemistry, geological circumstances of
association, formation, exact geographical locality and, in many cases,
information on present and historical use of these gemstones.
In addition to true gems and minerals, Kunz also presents an
intriguing and detailed section on pearls and the pearl fishing industry.
The regions covered are varied and widely scattered – Maine, New
Mexico, Alaska, Colorado and the Carolinas have produced a surprising
number of precious and semi-precious stones.
A Diamond of nearly 24 carats was found in Virginia; Sapphire has
been discovered along the bars of the Mississippi River; and New York City
produced a crystal of Garnet weighing nearly 10 pounds. Dr. Kunz’
classic book on all gem occurrences in North America describes these, and
hundreds of other finds. The
book is in very good condition, inside and outside.
Published by Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1968.
AND GEM MATERIALS,
4th Edition - By Dr. E. H. Kraus, and Dr. Chester B. Slawson, 8
1/2 X 5 1/2, 287 pages, hard cover. Illustrated
with numerous black & white photos of mineral specimens, gem
materials, cutting and polishing procedures, line drawings illustrating
various cuts for fashioning gemstones, as well as basic testing equipment,
the book also has some very nicely done woodcuts illustrating polarizing
microscopes. The authors give
a brief historical sketch with information on gems and precious stones in
ancient times. They then give
a lengthy discussion on what qualifies as a gem material.
Basic crystallography is discussed, and the crystal forms are
defined and illustrated. The
physical properties of minerals are discussed – color, luster, specific
gravity, luminescence, etc. The optical properties of minerals are
described in detail, including the use of the polarizing microscope.
The formation and occurrence of gem minerals is discussed, followed
by a chapter on cutting and polishing which includes engraving, size and
weight of gemstones, etc. Much
information is included about manufactured or synthetic gems – including
what to watch for in examining gemstones for authenticity.
The authors then devote nearly 100 pages to the description of
individual gemstones. Included is a brief overview of the important
physical properties of each mineral, information about cuts generally
employed for each mineral, localities where they are found, and so forth.
The final chapter is a 50 page classification table listing gem
materials according to crystal form, hardness, specific gravity, color,
various physical and optical properties, and chemical composition.
The book is fully indexed, and is in very good condition inside,
with the exception that the binding is split near the last pages in the
book. The cover is in very
good condition, showing some normal shelf wear.
Autographed inside the front cover: Don Sommerfield.
Published by McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New York / London, 1941.
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GEMSTONES OF EAST AFRICA - By Peter Keller, 11 1/4” X 8 1/2”
size, 160 pages, fully illustrated with 40 color, and 60 black & white
photos, hard cover. This highly recommended, informative volume covers
both gemstones and minerals found within the significant gem deposits of
Kenya and Tanzania, in East Africa. The extensive gem deposits of East
Africa, possibly the richest in the world, have never been so completely
documented with such compelling photography. The text is written from a
geological / mineralogical perspective, providing an in-depth study of
individual gem and mineral species occurring in East Africa. The author
has given a remarkable presentation of the numerous valuable gemstone
species, with special emphasis on the occurrences of Diamonds, Rubies and
Sapphires, Emerald and Alexandrite, Tanzanite, Tourmaline, Tsavorite and
other Garnets, as well as Opal and other gemstone deposits of lesser
importance. Also included are the most comprehensive maps of these
occurrences ever published. Published by Geoscience Press, Inc., Tucson,
GEMSTONES OF NORTH AMERICA, 1st Edition, By John Sinkankas, 10 1/4” X 7 3/4”, 675 pages, 176 illustrations including line drawings, b & w photos, tables, and color plates, hard cover. This very authoritative volume will serve as an invaluable reference guide for collectors, gem cutters, gem miners, geologists, mineralogists, jewelers, gemologists, and students, providing a wealth of information about the exciting gem resources of our continent, including Canada, Mexico, and the USA. In careful, accurate detail, the author describes each gemstone species, as well as where and under what circumstances they are found, complete with data on their chemical composition, structure and physical properties. All classes of gemstones are covered: all the better known gems of commerce, and also those which, by reasons of rarity or softness, find less important applications. Pearls, both saltwater and freshwater, and other non-mineral gemstones such as amber and jet are also included. Serious collectors can use this book as a guide for field trips, as there is complete and detailed information on localities for each gemstone species. For those interested in discovering new deposits, the geology and mineralogy of deposits is discussed, making possible a better understanding of the circumstances under which gemstones are found. Jewelers and gemologists will find accurate gem identification data for each species. Finally, a tabular review of gemstone deposits, a helpful geographical index, and an exceptionally complete bibliography are included. The bibliography contains over 2,400 entries, dating from colonial times to the present – the first and only definitive reference of its kind ever assembled. The data included in this book is as timely and relevant now, as it was when published. The book is in excellent condition inside and outside, with a fair amount of wear to the dust jacket. Published by Van Nostrand, NJ, 1959.
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