ACQUAINTED WITH MINERALS, By George L. English and David E.
Jensen, Revised Edition, 363 pages, 9 1/4” X 6 1/4”, with several hundred
b & w photos, crystal drawings, tables, sketches, diagrams, hard cover.
This is the classic what, where, when, why, and how book for the
study of minerals. In the classic 1st edition, George English
stated that “the aim of this book is to introduce the charming science of
mineralogy in the simplest and most interesting manner possible, without
sacrificing scientific accuracy. No previous knowledge of chemistry,
physics, or geometry is assumed, but every effort has been made to
present, in an alluring manner, such facts and theories in these sciences
as are essential to understanding of the mineralogical topics treated.”
In this revised and updated edition, the authors begin with chapters on
why one would want to study minerals, how to collect minerals, specimen
preparation, storage, and display, followed by data on hardness, tenacity,
and other physical properties. The crystal systems are outlined and
described in easy to understand language, followed by information on
mineral cleavage, fracture, etc. Separate chapters present data on
fluorescence, as well as electrical and magnetic phenomena, and
radioactive minerals, followed by several pages of data on gem cutting.
The central portion of the book has 150+ pages covering the descriptions,
and other pertinent data, on a basic group of minerals selected by the
authors for their importance to mineral collectors. Several rare
minerals, others which are of high economic importance, and others of
interest as common rock-forming minerals, have also been included. The
object in selecting the minerals reviewed was to provide information which
will be of value to mineral collectors, prospectors, miners, and visitors
to mining regions. For each mineral the chemical composition, crystal
form, habit, color, luster, hardness, specific gravity, distinguishing
features, occurrence, and uses are given. The third chapter provides data
on the three basic rock types, with descriptions and many interesting
photos. The determination tables include data on more than 200 minerals,
listed by color, hardness, streak, luster. The book is fully indexed by
subject and mineral type. This barely used copy is in excellent condition
inside and outside, with very minor shelf wear. Published by McGraw-Hill
Book Co., Inc., 1958.
OF GEM IDENTIFICATION,
8th Edition - By Richard T. Liddicoat, Jr., with
430 pages, 8 1/2” X 5 1/2”, cloth binding. This book has many more than
100 black & white photos, line drawings, and tables. The author is well
known among gemologists as the former director of the Gemological
Institute of America. The book covers every aspect of the study of
gemstones – the nature of gemstones, cleavage, fracture, hardness,
specific gravity, refractive index determination, double refraction,
pleochroism, and optic character, synthetic gemstones, instruments
essential to gem testing, descriptions and property variations of
gemstones, a procedure for the identification of gemstones and their
substitutes, and the identification of transparent and nontransparent
gemstones by their color. There are 25 pages of reference tables covering
the color of gemstones, cleavage and parting, pleochroism, refractive
index, dispersion, birefringence, specific gravity, hardness, followed by
a glossary. Published by the Gemological Institute of America, Los
Angeles, CA, 1969.
Two copies are available:
A. As described above -- the inside text of this
copy is in very good / like new condition, with the exception of some
underlining in the first few chapters. Inside the front cover there is
some damage due to the blank pages being stuck together and then
separated. There is also an owner dedication, dated 1974. The outside is
in good condition, as shown in the accompanying photograph.
B. As described above – this copy is in like new
condition inside and outside.
AND QUALITATIVE CHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF MINERALS,
2nd Edition - O. C. Smith, hard cover, 6 X 9, with many tables
and color plates, 385 pages. Anyone
interested in minerals will find this book of great value for its mineral
tables, containing the properties of more than 2,000 minerals.
Information provided includes specific gravity, hardness, color,
streak, luster, cleavage, fracture, crystal system, index of refraction,
chemical composition, and pertinent remarks. The color photos (30 to the
page) are small, and are provided to show the actual appearance of each
mineral. Numerous plates show
the minerals and their responses under UV light.
Additional color plates illustrate blowpipe test results. The
sections on chemical methods include tables of simple tests for
investigating minerals, and a complete plan of qualitative analysis, which
combines the best features of the wet method of group separation.
Illustrations of blowpipe and bead tests are given, to aid in
specimen identification. Geiger
counter methods are described for locating radioactive minerals in the
field, as well as all the standard methods of analysis of uranium and
other radioactive elements in ores. All
of the analytical methods are explained in simple language.
Condition: as new inside, with a slight amount of shelf wear on the
cover. Published by American
Book / Stratford Press, NY, 1953.
MONDO DEI CRISTALLI (“The World of Crystals”), By Vincenzo de
Michele, of the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Milano, Italy, 12” X
9”, 80 pages, pictorial hard cover. While the text is in Italian, that
should not pose a problem to the enjoyment of this book! The author
provides many excellent line drawings and crystal drawings to illustrate
the basics of mineralogy. The high point of this book, for any collector,
are the 126 beautifully done, full color mineral photographs. Many of the
photographs are accompanied by crystal drawings so one can visualize the
symmetry and perfection of the natural crystals, in comparison to the
perfect forms illustrated in the crystal drawings. Many of the very fine,
photographed specimens are from the collection of the Museo Civico di
Storia Naturale in Milano. Most of specimens are from European
localities, with emphasis placed upon classics from Italian collecting
localities. The book is in perfect, like new condition inside, with minor
shelf wear to the cover. Published by the Istituto Geografico de Agostini,
Novara, Italy, 1967.
TO MINERALOGY, CRYSTALLOGRAPHY, AND PETROLOGY,
By Carl W. Correns, 485 pages, 10 X 6 1/2, hard cover.
Illustrations are numerous – black and white photos, line
drawings, crystal drawings, and tables. The author, with more than 20 years of experience in
teaching mineralogy, crystallography, petrology, and ore deposits, has
done an amazing job of summarizing his lectures on the subjects and
presenting the information in such a way that the beginning student of
mineralogy will be able to understand the basic principles. This work is
not intended to replace a systematic textbook. The author’s primary goal
was to provide the fundamentals for a genetic consideration of crystals
and rock types. In order to
provide space to deal with these questions, much information is presented
as tables in the Appendix. Data
on approximately 300 minerals is included, plus 93 rock types, so as to
give the student a sufficient survey of variety.
Chapters include: Crystal Mathematics. Crystal Chemistry, Crystal
Physics, Crystal Growth and Dissolution, Some Physical-Chemical
Fundamentals, Formation of Magmatic (Igneous) Rocks, Weathering and Soil
Mineral Formation, Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Petrogenesis,
Geochemical Considerations, Crystallographic Tables, Summary of the Common
Minerals and Their Properties, and Petrologic Tables.
Published by Springer-Verlag, New York, 1969.
OF DETERMINATIVE MINERALOGY AND BLOWPIPE ANALYSIS, by George
Brush and Samuel Penfield, 17th Edition, 9 1/4” X 6 3/8”, 312
pages, illustrated with more than 200 woodcuts, tables, line drawings and
crystal drawings, hard cover. This highly interesting 19th
Century mineralogical study manual has so much good, basic information on
the study of mineralogy that it is difficult to believe this book is more
than 100 years old! This manual was based upon the highest scientific
knowledge of the time, and included data from several earlier works on the
subject, back to the early 1850’s. The authors began with descriptions of
what minerals and rocks are (inorganic), relative to animal and vegetable
(organic) natural products. The authors were both professors in the
Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University – their classes must have
been packed with the budding scientific minds of the latter part of the 19th
Century! Chapters include data on apparatus and reagents, and chemical
principles involved in their use, reactions of the elements, followed by a
tabulated arrangement of the more important blowpipe and chemical
reactions. The next 80 pages cover the physical properties of minerals,
including crystallization, luster, color, hardness, fusibility, and
specific gravity. One of the high points of this book are the 60 pages
wherein the “Tables for the Determination of Mineral Species by Means of
Simple Chemical Experiments in the Wet and Dry Way, and by Their Physical
Properties” are given. The authors devised a very concise system of
identifying minerals based upon their chemical compositions, as well as
their physical properties….very fascinating and illuminating reading! The
book is very thoroughly indexed by both subject matter, and by mineral
names. Considering its age (100+ years), this copy is in fairly good
condition. It is obvious the book was used extensively. One of the
previous owners has cut out and affixed to the inside front cover many
questions and answers, of a scientific nature, that have been clipped from
a scientific journal. Several hand written lines of classroom notes have
also been penciled inside the front cover. Unfortunately the previous
owner did not sign the book! The cover is in moderately good condition,
with obvious shelf wear. The inside is in perfect condition, with normal
yellowing of the pages as would be expected for a book of this vintage.
Published by John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1898.
OF MINERALOGY, 20TH Edition, Cornelis Klein and
Cornelius S. Hurlbut, Jr., after J. D. Dana, 596 pages, 11 1/4” X 8 1/2”,
with numerous photos and figures, 4 color plates, pictorial hard cover.
This is a modern textbook, designed to give students a one year course in
the basics of mineralogy. The authors have striven to achieve a balance
between the coverage of concepts and principles on the one hand, and the
more systematic and descriptive treatment of mineralogy on the other. The
unifying theme throughout the book is that of crystal chemistry – the
elucidation of the relationship between chemical composition, internal
structure, and physical properties of crystalline matter. In the
introductory chapter the authors cover the definition of a mineral,
history of mineralogy, economic importance of minerals, naming of
minerals, plus references and suggested reading. The following chapters
cover crystallography – external form and internal order, crystal
chemistry and chemical composition of minerals, physical properties, x-ray
crystallography, and optical properties of minerals. The next four
chapters cover systematic mineralogy by mineral classes (elements,
sulfides, etc.). The final two chapters deal with mineral associations –
an introduction to petrology, and minerals used as gems. There are three
determinative tables – I. Arranged by physical properties, II. According
to increasing specific gravity, and III. By increasing refractive index (nonopaque
minerals only). The mineral index (13 pages) at the back of the book
gives each mineral’s name, followed by the chemical composition, crystal
system, specific gravity, hardness, and index of refraction. A very
comprehensive subject index is also included. The book is in like new
condition inside, with a small amount of shelf wear evident on the cover.
Autographed by Cornelis Klein, one of the authors, on the title page.
Published by John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1985.
21st Edition (after James D. Dana) -
By C. Klein and C. Hurlbut, 11 1/4 X 8 1/2, 682 pages, illustrated
with many tables, line drawings, crystal drawings, black & white
photos, pictorial cloth binding. The
main unifying theme of this text is that of crystal chemistry – the
elucidation of the relationship between chemical composition, internal
structure, and physical properties of crystalline matter.
The introductory chapters include the definition of a mineral,
history of mineralogy, economic importance of minerals, naming of
minerals, references and literature of mineralogy, and references and
suggested reading. The
following chapters give an in-depth presentation of crystallography –
external form as well as internal order and symmetry.
Other chapters include crystal chemistry, mineral chemistry,
physical properties of minerals, x-ray crystallography, optical properties
of minerals, mineral stability diagrams, systematic mineralogy by mineral
classification (data on about 200 of the best known species is included).
Additional chapters include data on rock types and vein
mineralization, and gem minerals. The determinative tables include 50 pages with minerals
arranged according to physical properties, and specific gravity.
Non-opaque minerals are arranged according to increasing refractive
index. The book is fully
indexed with both a subject index, as well as a mineral index.
Very good condition inside, with a small amount of underlining.
Outside condition is fair, with some corner wear.
Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1993.
OF MINERALOGY AND LITHOLOGY,
3rd Edition, containing the Elements of the Science of Minerals
and Rocks, By James D. Dana, 7 3/4 X 5 1/2, 474 pages, cloth bound, 1881.
During this period in the study of minerals, the scientific minds
of the day had a very good idea of what was factual, as compared to many
of the older theories about minerals which could be grouped under what is
now known as alchemy. The
book begins with a chapter on the crystallization of minerals, and
incorporates drawings of snow crystals, as well as numerous crystal
drawings of various habits of Pyrite crystals to illustrate the author’s
general remarks on crystallization. Woodcuts,
illustrating both common as well as reflecting goniometers, are very well
done. The crystal systems are
then individually discussed, and illustrations include many additional
crystal drawings. Physical
properties of minerals are discussed, followed by chemical composition,
then the classification and description of minerals. Nearly 50 pages are devoted to lists of important American
and foreign mineral and mining regions, accompanied by a 30 page Table for
the Determination of Minerals. Rock
types are discussed in detail in the final chapter, including the use of
the microscope in the study of rocks.
This book contains the hard science of the period, and it is
interesting to read and compare the facts as known nearly 125 years ago,
with the facts as we know them today.
The inside of the book is in excellent condition, with slight
yellowing of the pages, as expected considering the book’s age.
The cover is also in very good condition, with some water marks.
Published by John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1881.
MICROSCOPIC DETERMINATION OF THE ORE MINERALS, 2nd Edition, By M. N. Short, 314 pages, 9 1/4” X 6”, illustrated with tables, line drawings, and b & w photos, cloth bound. This authoritative work is Bulletin 914, issued by the U.S. Government Printing Office. In the introduction, the author states that the metallographic microscope is the most valuable instrument for identifying opaque minerals, and for studying their mutual relationships. It plays the same part for the opaque minerals, that the petrographic microscope does for transparent minerals. The author gives concise data on mounting specimens, grinding, and polishing methods developed by students at several renowned Eastern USA universities. The chapter on photomicrography of polished sections gives data on cameras, films, exposures, as well as developing and printing. Physical properties of minerals are given, as well as data on examination of opaque minerals in polarized light. Etch reactions are discussed, and a determinative table is included, along with 60 pages of notes covering the reactions of most well known ore minerals. Microchemical, qualitative analysis is covered in detail –100 pages cover procedures and apparatus, methods of testing, reagents, and results of tests for various elements. The book is thoroughly indexed with a list of minerals, groped by elements, an alphabetical index of minerals and elements, and a general index. In the back of the book, 14 plates are included (color, and b & W) – including photomicrographs of ores and polished sections, and microchemical tests for various elements. Published by the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1940.
Two copies are available:
MINERAL DIGEST – The Journal of Mineralogy
– This publication has been out of print for quite some time, and copies
are therefore quite difficult to obtain.
The Mineral Digest is soft cover, 8 1/2 X 12 1/2 size, with
magazine format, originally slated to be published quarterly by Mineral
Digest, Ltd., New York, NY.
Only eight volumes were issued, beginning in 1971 and continuing
Each volume is one magazine, with the average number of pages being
Articles featured minerals, gems, localities, historical
information, and related subjects.
Each volume was printed on very high quality, heavy weight, coated
paper, lavishly illustrated with superb color photographs and illustrations.
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