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USED BOOKS – MINERALOGY, GEOLOGY, & GEMOLOGY

In addition to the new mineralogy, geology, and gemology books we have on our web site, here is a list of one-of-a-kind used books which may be interesting to you, for your reference library.  All of these out of print books are in good, to excellent condition, many with original dust jackets.  In addition, a large collection of U. S. Geological Survey Professional Papers, and U. S. Geological Survey Bulletins are available – no list is available, but you are welcome to send us your want list and we will reply with availability and price of the books we can help you with.

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A GUIDE TO MINERAL COLLECTING AT FRANKLIN AND STERLING HILL, NEW JERSEY, By Evan F. Kushner, 11” X 8 1/2”, 91 pages, soft cover.  The author has included numerous black & white photos of historical mining scenes of the district, accompanied by detailed maps, photos of outcrops, and numerous photos of specimens from the district.  A large fold-out map in the back of the book pinpoints all of the mines and shaft locations, and maps out all of the geologic features.  The author has presented a very interesting overview of basic information about the history, rock formations, theories relating to the origin of the orebodies, discussions re: the fluorescent responses of the minerals, accompanied by a glossary of terms, bibliography, and an index to Franklin ad Sterling Hill Minerals.  In the section describing the minerals, the author gives the chemical composition, physical characteristics, color, hardness, specific gravity, fluorescence,  associations, and remarks about each of the mineral’s occurrences.  This hard to obtain reference contains invaluable information for anyone interested in fluorescent minerals, or minerals from Franklin and Sterling Hill.  Condition is very good, inside and outside, with minor shelf wear.  Published by the author, 1974.
Order Item BK1995
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A MANUAL OF DETERMINATIVE MINERALOGY 3rd Edition, With Tables for the Determination of Minerals, By J. V. Lewis, 9 1/4 X 6, 298 pages, hard cover.  Illustrations consist of numerous woodcuts depicting various testing procedures, as well as nearly 100 pages of tables for use in the determination of minerals by means of the blowpipe and chemical tests.  The basic purpose of this book is the determination of minerals, i.e., identification.  This is an educational, as well as instructive book.  The first few pages contain information on the physical properties and crystallization of minerals, and 58 crystal drawings are included illustrating various forms of the six different crystal systems.  Identification is performed by means of observing the physical characteristics of minerals, well as by the blowpipe and chemical properties.  The physical classification includes information on nearly 300 minerals, and the blowpipe tables include data on over 350 minerals.  The species omitted are very and, from the practical point of view, of little importance. The book is thus adapted to the requirements of the mineralogist, geologist, or engineer, as well as  to students of these subjects.  Data given in the determination tables includes, for each mineral: reactions to the various blowpipe and chemical tests, name of the mineral, composition, color, streak, hardness, specific gravity, fusibility, crystallization / structure, and cleavage / fracture.  A comprehensive glossary, plus a list of abbreviations, list of elements, and index are included.  This is an ex-library copy in good condition with some underlining on some of the pages.  Binding is weak, and somewhat worn, but it is full of very good information at a very modest price.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1921. 
Order Item # BK-2000
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price: $20.00


A MANUAL OF DETERMINATIVE MINERALOGY,  4th Edition, With Tables for the Determination of Minerals, By J. V. Lewis, with a supplement by A. C. Hawkins, 9 1/4 X 6, 230 pages, hard cover.  This newer version of the 3rd Edition, as described above, has all of the features of the earlier text.  Some of the repetitions in the tables for the determination of minerals have been deleted.  Some of the names have been eliminated from the blowpipe tables, since some of the earlier examples included were so rare that the authors felt they were of no practical importance.  A chapter was added on optical methods, so that readers will know their value and importance both in the study of minerals, and in the identification of laboratory and industrial products.   There are 65 pages of tables for use in the determination of minerals by means of the blowpipe and chemical tests.  This copy is in fair condition, inside, with the previous owner’s name written inside the front cover. The outside of the book is also in fair condition, with some shelf wear.  Published by John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1931.
Order Item # BK-2005
Shipping weight:  2 pounds
Price:  $20.00


A MANUAL OF ELEMENTAL CHEMISTRY, THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL, 5th Edition - By George Fornes, F.R.S., 7 X 4 1/2, 695 pages, illustrated with more than 160 woodcuts depicting scientific equipment and instruments, crystal drawings, and tables.  The book is newly rebound, cloth covered hardcover with gilt title on the spine.  The author, George Fownes (1818-1849) was educated in England and France, became a lecturer at several institutions, and wrote several books and papers before he died at the early age of 31 years from pulmonary disease.  This amazing book covers physics, chemistry of the elementary bodies (i.e., mineralogy, 275 pages), and organic chemistry.  The book gives an early description of polarization using cut plates of Tourmaline, the testing of many elements, rotation of light ray by Quartz crystal plates, the effect of chemical changes caused by light, and many other subjects of scientific importance in the mid-18th century.  The preface states that the design of the present volume is to offer to the student commencing the subject of chemistry, in a compact and inexpensive form, an outline of the general principles of that science. The inside of the book is in excellent condition, with amazingly slight yellowing of the pages due to age.  The outside of the book is in new condition, i.e., rebound.  Published by John Churchill Co., London, 1854.
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Price:  $110.00

A TEXTBOOK OF MINERALOGY, 17th Edition, with an extended treatise on crystallography and physical mineralogy, by E. S. Dana, cloth bound, 9 1/2 X 6 size, 485 pages, with upwards of eight hundred woodcuts and one colored plate.   Part I of the book covers physical mineralogy with chapters on crystallography, and the physical characters of minerals.  Part II covers chemical mineralogy and the chemical constitution of minerals, and Part III contains 280 pages covering descriptive mineralogy.  The classification and description of mineral species is covered, and there are chapters covering the Miller’s system of crystallography, crystal drawing, tables for use in the determination of minerals, and catalogue of American localities of minerals.  The book is fully indexed, and provides a very fine background of the study of mineralogy in the period of more than 100 years ago.  The inside pages are in almost unused condition, with some yellowing of the paper due to age.  The outside is in very good condition, considering the book’s age, as shown in the accompanying photograph.  Former owner’s name is written inside the front cover – The book was published by John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1881.
Order Item # BK-2015
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price:  $85.00


A TEXTBOOK OF MINERALOGY, 3rd edition, with an extended treatise on crystallography and physical mineralogy, by E. S. Dana, cloth bound, 9 1/2 X 6 size, 485 pages, with upwards of eight hundred woodcuts and one colored plate.  Part I of the book covers physical mineralogy with chapters on crystallography, and the physical characters of minerals.  Part II covers chemical mineralogy and the chemical constitution of minerals, and Part III contains 285 pages covering descriptive mineralogy.  The classification and description of mineral species is covered, and there are chapters covering the Miller’s system of crystallography, crystal drawing, tables for use in the determination of minerals, and catalogue of American localities of minerals.  The book is fully indexed, and provides a very fine background of the study of mineralogy in the period of more than 100 years ago.  The inside pages are in almost unused condition, with some yellowing of the paper due to age.  The cover is separated from the binding on the inside front only, which does not effect the value of the book for research or reference collection.  The outside is in very good condition, considering the book’s age, with a small amount of damage to the spine, as shown in the accompanying photograph. Dedication inside the front cover reads compliments – John Wiley Sons to L. Nicholl, New York University, 1922.  The book was published by John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1881.
Order Item # BK-2020
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Price:  $95.00


AN INTRODUCTION TO CRYSTALLOGRAPHY, 3rd Edition - By F. C. Phillips, 9 X 5 3/4, 340 pages, cloth binding.  This book is designed as an introductory text both for students of mineralogy and for those, such as physicists and chemists, whose work is less directly concerned with crystals.  Practically every page contains one or more illustration, table, line drawing, or crystal drawing – 535 diagrams in total.  Although the author favors the use of the single-circle goniometer in elementary work, he has included in this new edition a detailed introduction to more complex procedures.  The book is divided into two main sections, dealing with the external symmetry of crystals and the internal arrangement respectively.  The new material in this 3rd Edition includes three new appendices.  Appendix I deals with two-circle and three-circle goniometers.  Appendix II gives a description of the gnomonic projection, and Appendix III provides a study of the symmetry of pattern, which should constitute a useful link between the two main parts of the text.  Appendix IV contains the Note on Schoenflies’ Notation, which appeared in earlier editions.  The book is in excellent condition, inside and outside, with the dust jacket intact with the exception of a little expected shelf wear.  Published by Longmans, Green & Co., Ltd., London, 1963.

Order Item # BK-2030
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Price:  $50.00

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ROCK FORMING MINERALS - by Deer, Howie and Zussman - 6 X 9, soft cover, 528 pages.  This book has been produced specifically to serve as a textbook for university students.  Each of the common minerals of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks is discussed from the point of view of structure, chemistry, optical and physical properties, distinguishing features and paragenesis.  The structure sections contain brief descriptions and many diagrams of crystal structures.  Chemistry includes discussion of the common chemical substitutions in natural minerals, as well as phase equilibrium studies on relevant synthetic systems.  In the section on optical and physical properties, variations of these properties with chemistry are discussed. Correlations between the various aspects of mineralogy are shown wherever possible, so that the book aims at the scientific understanding of minerals as well as their description and identification.  Condition: like new inside, with some shelf wear on the cover.  Published by Longman Scientific & Technical, UK, and John Wiley & Sons, NY,  1989. 
Order Item # BK-2040
Shipping weight:  2 pounds
Price: $24.50   
 


 

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD’S GEMSTONES, By Dr. E. H. Rutland, 192 pages, 10 1/2 X 7 3/4, cloth bound.  This informative and very readable book contains 200 illustrations, fifty of which are in full color.  Dr. Rutland used his years of knowledge and experience to describe many varied aspects of gemstones, ranging from a clear account of how gemstones are formed in the Earth’s crust through the crystal structures and properties which give them their beauty.   The book goes on to describe each of the precious and some of the semi-precious stones in detail, as well as how they are recovered from the Earth, fashioned into gemstones , and set as jewelry.  Gemstones have a history extending over millennia, and the book recounts the folklore which has surrounded many of them, as well as recounting fascinating tales of wars which have been caused by famous gems, some of which now adorn the crown jewels of several of the countries in Europe.  For the growing number of amateur enthusiasts and collectors, this book features a special section on selecting and caring for one’s own gemstones.  The book is in excellent condition inside and outside, with the dust jacket intact.
Published by Doubleday & Company, New York, 1974.
Order Item # BK-2045
Shipping weight:  3 pounds
Price:  $25.00                             












ARIZONA SPECIAL ISSUES OF THE “MINERALOGICAL RECORD” MAGAZINE
Five special issues of the “Mineralogical Record” magazine were devoted to localities within the State of Arizona, as follows:

Volume Eleven, Number Three:  May-June 1980 - Arizona  I
Cover: Wulfenite
Localities covered: The Hamburg Mine and Vicinity, Yuma County - The Red Cloud Mine, Yuma County – Mammoth-St. Anthony Mine, Tiger, Pinal County.
Order Item MR11-3
Price:  $45.00 - Shipping weight:  1 pound







Volume Eleven, Number Four:  July-August 1980 - Arizona  II
Cover: Aurichalcite on Hemimorphite
Subjects / Localities covered:  The Defiance Mine and Vicinity, Cochise County  - The C. & B. Mine, Gila County -  The Grand Reef Mine, Graham County -  Hematite from the Dome Rock Mountains near Quartzsite - The Grey Horse Mine, Pinal County - Some Unusual Secondary Minerals from the Mineral Park Mine, Mohave County - Chrysocolla Pseudomorphs from Ray, Pinal County - The Tombstone District, Cochise County -  Micromounting in Arizona.
Order Item MR11-4
Price:  $35.00 - Shipping weight:  1 pound




Volume Twelve, Number Five:  September-October 1981 - Arizona III - Bisbee Special Issue
Cover: Azurite on Malachite
Locality covered:  Entire issue devoted to the mining and minerals of Bisbee, Cochise County
Subjects:  Introduction, History, Mines, Geology, Paragenesis, Minerals, Acknowledgments,  Bibliography.
Order Item MR12-5
Price:  $30.00 - Shipping weight:  1 pound





Volume Fourteen, Number Two:  March-April 1982 - Arizona  IV
Cover: Wulfenite
Localities covered:  Terra Incognita --The Search for Minerals in Spanish Arizona - The Magma Mine - Camp Verde Evaporites - Ferroan Dolomite from the Vekol Mine - The Old Yuma Mine - The Minerals of Malpais Hill, Pinal County -  Zeolites and Associated Minerals from Horseshoe Dam - Calciovolborthite from the New Water Mountains -The Hilltop Mine - The Silver Bill Mine, Gleeson - Cuprian Fraipontite and Sauconite from the Defiance-Silver Bill Mines, Gleeson.
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Volume Fourteen, Number Five: September-October 1982 - Arizona V
Cover: Copper
Subjects / Localities covered: Lost Mines of Arizona - The New Cornelia Mine, Ajo - The Glove Mine - The Ray Mine - The Presmyk Collection - Richard L. Jones 1933-1982 - Ramsdellite from the Mistake Mine - Black Dioptase from Tiger, Pinal County - Arizona Index to the Mineralogical Record, 1970-1983.
Order Item MR14-5
Price:  $25.00  - Shipping weight:  1 pound

The Arizona special issues of the “MR” are priced individually, as listed above.
SPECIAL OFFER  -- Complete set of all 5 Arizona issues
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BK-2048
Discount price:  $150.00 - Shipping weight:  4 pounds


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