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- By Walter Schumann, 7 1/2” x 5”, 380 pages, illustrated with 600 color photos, as well as numerous black & white photos, tables, graphs, soft cover.  This comprehensive guide to rocks, minerals and gemstones is highly illustrated and very easy to use.  The introduction discusses the basics of mineralogy and provides a list of general features used in the identification of rocks and minerals.  This is followed by a comprehensive description of each rock and mineral, including their history, origin and structure, composition, properties, classification, and where they are found in North America as well as throughout the world.  The 600 stunning color photographs, a unique collection amassed from around the world, are opposite the text and are reproduced at approximately life size, to aid identification.  Chapters include: the science of minerals, rock-forming minerals, ore-forming minerals, minerals as gemstones, introduction to petrology, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, and meteorites.  The appendix includes hints for collectors, a table of chemical elements, mineral determinative tables, aids to the identification of rocks, and much more.  Published by Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston and New York, 1993.
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"HISTORY OF MINERAL COLLECTING, WITH NOTES ON 1,200 EARLY MINERAL COLLECTORS, THE " - By Wendell E. Wilson, 264 pages, 8 1/2 X 11" size, soft cover, illustrated. A collection of many more than 100 black and white, historically interesting photographs, portraits, and line drawings of the earliest known mineral collectors are reproduced in this amazing work, which covers the period between 1530 and 1799 A.D. The color, as well as black and white reproductions of early-day drawings of fine mineral specimens are tremendously interesting, and the book also includes color photographs of several historically interesting specimens which were mined during the early days of mineral collecting, and are still preserved in modern day collections. There is a 28-page bibliography of historically important mineral collection catalogues, arranged alphabetically by collector, as well as a general bibliography with 469 entries covering both books and articles pertaining to mineral collecting/mining activities during this period. A comprehensive, three page review of this book appears in "Rocks and Minerals" magazine, Jan-Feb 1995, P. 51-53. This soft cover book was published by the Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson, AZ, as Volume 25, No. 6 -- the November-December 1994 special issue entitled "The History of Mineral Collecting".
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“IDAHO MINERALS – THE COMPLETE REFERENCE AND GUIDE TO THE MINERALS OF IDAHO”,  SECOND EDITION, By Lanny R. Ream, 373 pages, 9” X 6”, illustrated with many color photos of mineral specimens found within the State of Idaho, including maps to collecting sites, crystal drawings, soft cover.  The author is a recognized authority on Idaho minerals and mineral collecting localities.  His purpose is to make the information on the mineralogy of Idaho available to all those who are curious about the natural world, and especially to those who study and collect minerals.  Special chapters are included covering the mineralogy of the Coeur d’Alene Mining District, the Blackbird Mining District, and the Sawtooth Mountains.  The Coeur d’Alene Mining District is the world’s largest silver-producing mining district, and has also been one of the best sources of secondary lead minerals, including world class specimens of Pyromorphite, Cerussite, and Anglesite.  The Blackbird Mining District is the only significant occurrence of cobalt in the USA, and has produced some excellent specimens of Vivianite and Ludlamite.  The granites of the Sawtooth Mountains have produced beautifully crystallized Beryl Var. Aquamarine specimens, as well as Fluorapatite, Allanite, Helvite, Ilmenite, Fluorite, Magnetite, Titanite, and Zircon. Mineral descriptions have been updated from the first edition to include new localities, many rare minerals that are new for Idaho, and additional information on localities originally published in the first edition.  The mineral descriptions are supplemented by numerous color photographs of both macro- and micro-mineral specimens, most of which were taken by the author.  The photographs are of excellent quality, and serve both to complement the extensive mineral descriptions, and to provide an aid to identification of mineral specimens from the various localities described.  Following an 18 page bibliography, the author has compiled an extensive 40 page index covering the minerals and all of the mines and mining districts within the state.  Published by the Museum of North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 2004.
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”, By Dr. Robert J. Lauf, 144 pages, 11” X 8 1/2”, soft cover, illustrated with 196 color, and b/w photos.  Collectors have long admired uranium and thorium minerals for their brilliant colors, the intense ultraviolet fluorescence of many of them, and their rich variety of habits and associates.  Radioactive minerals are also critically important as our source of nuclear energy. Understanding them is crucial to the safe disposal of radioactive waste.
This book provides a systematic overview of the mineralogy of uranium and thorium-bearing minerals, generously illustrated with nearly 200 color photos and electron micrographs of representative specimens.  Dr. Lauf has also included an historical discussion of the discovery of radioactive elements and the development of uranium and thorium ore deposits, a discussion of the geochemical conditions that produce significant deposits, and a description of important localities, their geological setting and history.
Major occurrences of interest to mineral collectors are arranged geographically. The minerals are arranged systematically, to emphasize how they fit into chemical groups, and for each group several minerals are selected to illustrate their formation and general characteristics.
This book is an invaluable guide for mineral collectors, particularly those specializing in collecting fluorescent minerals.  With the resurgence of interest in nuclear power, the book will also provide valuable information for nuclear scientists and engineers interested in radioactive deposits.
Published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Atglen, PA, 2007.
ISBN: 9780764329128
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“JACHYMOV”,  JOURNAL OF THE CZECH GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, Edited by Dr. Stanislav Vrana, 11 5/8” X 8 1/4”,  in English, 230 pages, with numerous black & white, as well as color photos, crystal drawings, and SEM’s of the minerals, soft cover.  Your first question is probably…  why would we recommend a book covering such an obscure locality in Czechoslovakia??  Well, read on!  “Jachymov” is the result of years of hard scientific work, and it is the most comprehensive publication about the mines and minerals of the Jachymov Silver and Uranium district ever written.  Jachymov (known as Joachimsthal in old literature) gained world renown through important achievements and discoveries associated with mining and scientific activities during five centuries of exploitation of the ore deposits.  Most recently, the mines at Jachymov were the key producers of the uranium-bearing minerals used by the Russians during the cold war arms race with the USA.  On an historical note, for a part of the 16th century, Jachymov ranked as the largest Silver producer in the world.  It was the Uraninite from Jachymov on which Maria Sklodowska (Madam Curie) first isolated and discovered two new elements – Polonium and Radium – in 1898.  More than 380 minerals have been identified from Jachymov to date, and the current studies will eventually bring this number up to over 400!  This in-depth report covers the geology of the Jachymov ore district, followed by 137 pages of mineral descriptions with many more than 100 color photos, SEM’s, and crystal drawings.   The next chapter covers the ore-forming processes and mineral parageneses of the Jachymov district.  The chapter on “Who was who in Jachymov mineralogy” presents historical information concerning the discovery of primary minerals first described from Jachymov.  The biographic information about important people after whom the minerals were named goes back to the 17th century, and includes photographs or portraits of most of these important people. The final chapter covers the history of discovery and study of new primary minerals, and includes photographs of two old labels from mineral specimens recovered in the 1800’s, now in the National Museum of Prague.  Published by the Czech Geological Society, 2003, Prague, Czech Republic.

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“KATANGA! … URANIUM DEPOSITS”, By G. Gautier, A. Francois, M. Deliens, and P. Piet, 11” X 8”, 63 pages, with 19 color photographs, 12 crystal drawings, several maps and tables, soft cover.  The primary article of interest in this special issue of the “Mineralogical Record” magazine is entitled “Famous Mineral Localities: the Uranium Deposits of the Shaba (Katanga) Region, Zaire”.   Since the days of Stanley and Livingstone, the Shaba region has been known as one of the world’s great mineralized areas.  A crescent shaped deposit about 300 km in length and nearly 50 km wide extends from the town of Kolwezi in the west, to the city of Lubumbashi in the east.  This area is the location of several very important Uranium mines, including familiar names like Shinkolobwe, Swambo, Kamoto, Mashamba-West, Luiswishi, and Musonoi.  The mining history is given in some detail, including notes on the production of Copper and Uranium ores in the Katanga region.  The general geology of the district is given, including a stratigraphical map of the Katanga System.  Four of the most important mines are then discussed in detail, accompanied by geological maps and black & white photos of the mine sites.  Data is then given on each of the important minerals – primary minerals, then secondary Uranium minerals.  This section is accompanied by 19 exquisite color photographs illustrating many of the secondary Uranium-bearing minerals, along with a dozen crystal drawings.  The color photos and crystal drawings will be of prime importance to anyone studying and / or collecting secondary Uranium-bearing minerals, as an aid in visual identification of the minerals from the various mines of the region.  Four tables accompany the text, each containing a list of the minerals found at one of the following mines: Shinkolobwe, Swambo, Musonoi, and Kamoto.  The authors have included a large list of references, for further reading.  Two other articles are included in this special issue of the “Mineralogical Record” magazine – “Rome Delisle and His Bibliography”, by W. Wilson, and “Additions and Corrections to the Glossary of Mineral Species, 5th Edition (1987)” by M. Fleischer.  Published by the Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson, Arizona, as the special issue on Katanga, Volume 20, No. 4, July-August 1989.

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“KUKISVUMCHORR” (KHIBINY ALKALINE MASSIF, KOLA PENINSULA, RUSSIA) – By I. Pekov and A. Podlesnyi.  This is Volume 7 of the Mineralogical Almanac, printed in English, 10 1/2” X 8 1/2”, 140 pages, 107 color plates, pictorial soft cover.  This book is dedicated to one of the most amazing mineralogical sites in the world.  The number of mineral species recognized from this locality is close to 450, with more than 70 of them first discovered here.  Included are a geological and petrological sketch, history of exploration and development (including numerous black and white photos of mining activities and important people for whom minerals were named), mineralogy of alkaline pegmatites and hydrothermalites, followed by 75 pages covering data on all of the known mineral species.  The data on the mineral species is accompanied by more than 60 black and white (SEM) photos of the minerals, and an equal number of crystal drawings.  Tables, with analysis of the chemical composition of many of the minerals, are also included.  A chapter on   geochemical and genetic features of the late mineralization is followed by an extensive list of references, and the mineral index.  The 107 color plates include color photos of many of the minerals found at this amazing deposit, both large display specimens and, where necessary, close-up views of many of the rare / newly described minerals.  This is Volume 7 of the Mineralogical Almanac series.  Published in English by the Mineralogical Almanac and Ocean Pictures, Ltd., Moscow, Russia, 2004.

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Additional volumes in the Mineralogical Almanac series on famous mineral localities, available from us, are:

Vol. 4 --  Dal’negorsk mining district in the Primorskiy Kray, Far Eastern Russia    
Vol. 5 -- Murzinka gem-bearing pegmatite region of the Ural Mountains  
Vol. 7 -- Kukisvumchorr in the Khibiny Alkaline Massif, Kola Peninsula 
Vol. 8 –  Minerals of the Kerch Iron-Ore Basin in Eastern Crimea 
Vol. 14 -- Ural (Russia) Emerald Mines                                                                          

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"LANGBAN – The Mines, Their Minerals, Geology and Explorers" – D. Holtstam and J. Langhof (editors), authored by 10 distinguished mineralogists, geologists, and historians, all experts on this historically important mining district. The book has 219 pages, 9" X 12", hardcover, with pictorial full color dust jacket. More than 200 illustrations are included, of which about 115 are mineral photographs in full color. Langban, a unique iron and manganese deposit, is one of the world’s greatest mineralogical occurrences, with nearly 270 mineral species reported to date. Many of these minerals are unique to the Langban deposit, and 67 minerals were first found at this world-famous mineral locality. The Table of Contents lists a Foreword by Paul B. Moore, Introduction by the editors, followed by: General Geology of the Bergslagen Ore Region, Geology of the Langban Deposit, Some Aspects of the Origin of the Deposit, Langban’s Mining History, Mineralogists and Collectors, The Langban Minerals, Collecting at Langban, and a Bibliography with 567 references. The section covering the Langban minerals is most important with individual mineral descriptions (accompanied by color photos), carefully documenting the physical characteristics of each species in each of its known assemblages and locations at Langban, and listing the associated species in each assemblage. The book is concluded with a three part appendix, including the following: I. A systematic list of the Langban minerals, II. Synonyms, varietial and obsolete mineral names in Langban mineralogy, and III. A list of fluorescent minerals from Langban. Published by Raster Forlag, and the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, 2000. For additional information, see the write-up in the July-August 2000 issue of the "Mineralogical Record" magazine, P. 354.
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By: P. Gelaude, P. van Kalmthout, and C. Rewitzer 9 1/2 X 6 3/4”, 195 pages, illustrated with 200 color photographs, several maps, and numerous crystal drawings, pictorial soft cover. The aim of this book is to explain, in simple terms, how the minerals were formed thousands of years ago in the ancient slags at Laurion,  and to give collectors a visual impression by providing color photographs of each of the minerals found at the locality.  The book gives explicit descriptions of the topography and ore deposits of the area, combined with an accounting of the fascinating history of mining and smelting techniques dating back 5,000 years.  Of special interest to mineral collectors are the descriptions of the different types of slag that were produced in the different localities around Laurion, with an excellent account of where a visitor to the area might productively collect today.   
The main attraction of this book is undoubtedly the color photographs of the minerals.  Although many of the specimens are small and difficult to photograph, the standard of photography is very high. Each color photograph is accompanied by a brief description of the species, chemical composition, associates, and other pertinent data.  Of particular interest to collectors of slag minerals from other localities (England, Germany, Italy, and others) is the similarity with some of the suites of minerals which can be collected at Laurion.  Unquestionably, the main function of the book is as an aid to visual identification of these minerals.   Published by Janssen Print, The Netherlands, 1996.

The Table of Contents lists the following:  
  • Introduction 
  • Topography  
  • Rocks, Ore Deposits, and Minerals of Laurion  
  • Mining in the Laurion  
  • From Galenite, to Litharge, Slags, Silver and Lead  
  • Slags and Slag Minerals  
  • Slag Locations  
  • Technical Description of Photos  
  • Chemical Classification of the 99 Known Slag Minerals    
  • Crystal Illustrations  
  • Photos and Descriptions of the Slag Minerals  

Multi-lingual printed in English, German, French, and Dutch with color photos.   
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