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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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OPTICAL CRYSTALLOGRAPHY, 3rd Edition - By Ernest E. Wahlstrom, 9 1/4 X 6, 247 pages, cloth bound.  This book is profusely illustrated with numerous line drawings, tables, and crystal drawings, as well as three black & white photos of petrographic microscopes.  There is a wealth of information in this text / reference.  The various editions of Wahlstrom’s Optical Crystallography have consistently provided the best, easiest to understand text in covering the theory of crystal optics.  The author states his purpose is to review the principles of optical crystallographic theory.  Some space is given to a description of the techniques for the measurement of refractive indices.  Emphasis is placed on the immersion method of index measurement, as he feels this technique is the most widely used.  Since three-dimensional visualization is required of the student who wishes to master the theory of optical crystallography, the text is profusely illustrated.  Chapters include: crystallography, physical properties, elementary optics, optics of isotropic substances, the polarizing microscope, measurement of index of refraction, data on uniaxial and biaxial crystals, microscopic examination of nonopaque substances.  Two appendices include information on the universal stage method, and a list of selected references.  A very comprehensive index is also included.  The book is in first class condition inside and out, with the dust jacket showing shelf wear.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc, New York, 1960. 
Order Item # BK-2300
Shipping weight:  2 pounds
Price:  $25.00


OPTICAL MINERALOGY, 2nd Edition - By A. F. Rogers and P. F. Kerr, 390 pages, cloth binding.  This book has many more than 100 black and white photos, line drawings, and tables.  Topics covered in Part I include mineral optics including the preparation of thin sections, the polarizing microscope, the properties of light, refraction, plane polarized light in minerals, convergent polarized light, color, form or aggregation, cleavage and orientation, and the procedure for the identification of minerals in thin sections.  Part II covers classification of minerals, followed by the mineral descriptions according to chemical groups – elements, sulfides and sulfosalts, etc.  The book is fully indexed, and provides a wealth of information on the subject of optical mineralogy.  The inside of the book is in very fine condition, and the binding is slightly worn.  Published  by McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New York, 1942.
Order Item # BK-2305
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price:  $45.00


OPTICAL MINERALOGY, 3rd Edition - By Paul F. Kerr, 442 pages, cloth binding.  This 3rd Edition of Optical Mineralogy has essentially the same format as the 2nd Edition, described above.  Some changes have been made in the phraseology, or explanations of some of the text in the 2nd Edition.  The format of the mineral descriptions has been retained.  The length of the text is essentially the same.  The mineral descriptions have been reviewed, and a few have been added.  The data on the polarizing microscope has undergone considerable evolution in recent years, and new illustrations have been substituted to call attention to improved equipment now available.  Phase microscopy is illustrated.  Other minor changes have been made in the text and tables.  As with the 2nd Edition, this 3rd Edition is fully indexed and will provide anyone with a wealth of information on the subject of optical mineralogy.  This used copy is in very good  condition inside, and the binding is slightly worn.  Published by McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New York, 1959.
Order Item # BK-2310
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price: $55.00

SILVER, By Richard Came, 9 3/4X 8 1/4, 96 pages, profusely illustrated, cloth bound.  The author, who specializes in Silver at Sotheby’s, has written and simple and yet very informative account of the greatest periods of the silversmith’s art – the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.  The 124 illustrations, many in stunning color, include many celebrated pieces including examples from the collection of Her Majesty the Queen of England, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boson, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Collection, as well as numerous museums and institutions in Europe.  The text describes the most famous silversmiths and discusses the making of silver, its hallmarks and restorations, and the regulations of the many goldsmiths’ companies.  This is a fascinating account that will delight and interest all who admire beautiful silver.  The book is in excellent condition, inside and outside, with the dust jacket intact.  Published by Octopus Books Ltd., London, 1972.
Order Item # BK-2325
Shipping weight:  2 pounds
Price:  $20.00



THE BOOK OF DIAMONDS, Their History and Romance, from Ancient India to Modern Times, By J. Y. Dickinson,  9 1/2 X 6 1/4,  239 pages,  hard cover, with an introduction by Harry Winston.  More than 200 illustrations are included, depicting  famous Diamonds, Diamond cutting procedures and techniques, famous personalities / owners of important Diamonds, and Diamond mining in historical times as well as in Kimberley, South Africa in the early 1960’s.  Chapters include the history and lore of the Diamond, mining the modern Diamond, perfecting the Diamond’s beauty, famous and infamous Diamonds, Diamonds in the world of fashion, the romance of the bride’s ring, purchasing Diamonds, and a glossary of Diamond terms.  This book is in excellent condition, inside and outside, with the dust jacket intact.  Published by Avenel Books, New York, 1965.
Order Item # BK-2330
Shipping weight: 3 pounds
Price:  $40.



THE DETERMINATION OF CRYSTAL STRUCTURES, 3rd Edition - By H. Lipson and W. Cochran, 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, 414 pages, cloth bound.  Many line drawings, tables, and black & white photographs are included.  An outstanding and classic reference / text on the subject, this book is written for all levels of educational background from the beginner to the more advanced student.  To assist in understanding the principles outlined in this book, the authors give practical examples of the processes described; often these examples consist of a simple one designed to bring out the essential points, and a more complicated one from an actual research project.  Contents include chapters on x-ray optics, determination and use of space groups, intensity statistics applied to space group determination, calculation of structure factors, summation of Fourier series, trial and error methods, the use of the Patterson function, Fourier methods, direct methods, Fourier transforms and optical methods, effects of thermal vibration, accuracy and refinement, neutron diffraction and electron diffraction, anomalous scattering and structure determination.  A reference and name index is included, as well as an index of subjects.  The book is in like new condition inside, and the outside is in excellent condition.  Published by Cornell University Press, New York, 1966.
Order Item # BK-2335
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price:  $35.00

 

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