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“MASTERPIECES OF THE MINERAL WORLD”, by Wendell E. Wilson and Joel A. Bartsch, with Mark Mauthner, 263 pages, 13” X 9 1/2”, including 150 illustrations in full color by Jeff Scovil, cloth bound.  The spectacular mineral specimens displayed in this outstanding book are from the collection of the Houston Museum of Natural Science.  The theme of this book is to illustrate a group of 150 exquisite mineral specimens that are part of the Houston Museum’s collection, and to educate and inform both collectors of minerals and connoisseurs of natural beauty as to what makes mineral specimens so unique and desirable.   Avidly pursued by naturalists throughout the centuries, precious metals and gem crystals have a fascinating history.  Stories regarding the pursuit and discovery of the fine specimens illustrated in this book, including tales of good luck and hardship, are related in these pages.  Essays that explore connoisseurship in the mineral kingdom, and chronicle the history of this noble pursuit, add to the appeal of this unique volume.  In the chapter  “The Discerning Eye  -- What Makes a Mineral Collectible?”, the authors comment on the various criteria one might apply to a mineral specimen to judge its visual, economic, and scientific value.  Guidelines are given insofar as crystal form, color, transparency, luster, size, perfection, crystal orientation and grouping, aesthetics, provenance, associated species, rarity, and several other topics.  Each of the color plates occupies a full page and is accompanied by complete locality data, and brief comments about the specimen.  Following the color plates, there is a very informative and interesting chapter entitled “The Paths of Discovery, From the Mine to the Museum”.   In this section, the authors have condensed information about the localities from which each of the minerals was recovered, accompanied by comments about the mining history of each deposit, and its current status.  A small outline drawing of a world map pinpoints the area of the world where each specimen was found.  The color plates and text are arranged alphabetically, from Acanthite to Zoisite (Tanzanite).  Humans have probably been picking up and saving interesting bits of rock and mineral material since the Stone Age.  However, it was the Renaissance period that profoundly awakened public interest in Europe, and kindled a serious desire to learn about and collect natural mineral specimens.  The final chapter, covering “A Royal Passion” – A History of Aristocratic Mineral Collecting from the 16th Century to the 20th Centuries” chronicles, over the years and centuries, the prominence in society of mineral collecting as a hobby of kings, emperors, empresses, dukes and archdukes, princes, counts, and barons, as well as the rich entrepreneurs who wanted to show their mineral collections to others of the elite “rich and famous”.  Royalty naturally preferred the best, and over the centuries built some incredible collections that are today natural treasures in public museums in many countries.  Today, in the 21st Century, building great mineral collections continues the same scholarly and ultimately philanthropic tradition that has existed since the days of Michaelangelo and DaVinci.  What is different, and what separates modern collectors from their early counterparts, is the vast mass of knowledge and literature built up over that time which is today available to any mineral collector.  Thousands of books and journals have been published and are easily accessible.  Millions of specimens are preserved for study in museums, and millions more are in private collections or are available for purchase from dealer stocks.  The study of the history of mineral collecting serves to remind modern collectors not only of their age-old traditions, but of how fortunate people are in modern times to have so may resources that were unavailable to the pioneers of mineral collecting.  Published by The Houston Museum of Natural Science and The Mineralogical Record, in association with H. N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York, 2004. 

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Six special issues of the “Mineralogical Record” magazine have been devoted to important mineral localities in Mexico.  All have fantastic color photos and lots of in-depth information on the mining and minerals of each of the districts covered.


Mexico I - Boleo - Santa Rosalia, BC - 80 pages – Vol. 29, No. 1 (January-February 1998)
Cover:             "The Great" Cumengite, Boleo, Baja California, Mexico
Articles:          * Famous Mineral Localities: Boleo, Baja California, Mexico
                        * Boleo, A Classic Locality Reworked

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Mexico II - Mapimi, Durango - 120 pages – Vol. 34. No. 5 (September-October 2003)
Cover:             Adamite (purple), Ojuela Mine
Articles:          * Famous Mineral Localities: The Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango - Includes history, geology,   
                            mining, mineralogy, history of purple Adamite discovery, and  bibliography.

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Mexico III – Selected classic mineral localities - 96 pages – Vol. 34, No. 6 (November-December 2003)
Cover:             Wulfenite - Ahumada Mine, Los Lamentos, Chihuahua
Articles:          * Erupcion / Ahumada Mine, Los Lamentos, Chihuahua -Wulfenite, Vanadinite
                        * Fresnillo, Zacatecas - Acanthite, Pyrargyrite, Polybasite, Stephanite
                        * Las Vigas, Veracruz - Amethyst
                        * Sierra de Cruces (Lake Jaco), Coahuila - Grossular Garnet, Vesuvianite           

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Mexico IV – Selected classic mineral localities - 80 pages – Vol. 35, No. 6 (November-December 2004)
Cover:             Amethyst - Amatitlan, Guerrero, Mexico
Articles:          * San Pedro Corralitos, Chihuahua - Mimetite, Wulfenite, etc.
                        * Guerrero Amethyst Deposits, Amatitlan District
                        * San Francisco Mine, Sonora - Wulfenite, Mimetite

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Mexico V – Selected classic mineral localities – 96 pages, Vol. 39, No. 6 (November-December 2008)
Cover:             Polybasite – Las Chispas Mine, Arizpe, Sonora, Mexico
Articles:          * Mining History – A brief history of early Silver mining in Spanish America
                        * Milpillas Mine, Cananea District, Sonora – Azurite, Malachite
                        * Las Chispas Mine, Arizpe, Sonora – Silver minerals
                        * Apex Mine, San Carlos, Chihuahua – Galena, Vanadinite, Wulfenite
                        * Mexican Agate – Classic Agate deposits of northern Mexico

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Mexico VI – Selected classic mineral localities - 111 pages, Vol. 42, No. 5 (September-October 2011)
Cover:             Smithonite - Refugio Mine, Choix, Sinaloa, Mexico
Articles:          *
Taxco, Guerrero mining district – Silver and Silver-bearing minerals
Refugio Mine, Choix, Sinaloa – World class, multi-colored botryoidal Smithsonite
Cerro de Mercado, Durango – Exceptional, transparent yellow  Fluorapatite crystals
Andres Del Rio – Historical background on the father of Mexican mineralogy
Palacio de Mineria – Mexico City’s historic School of Mines and Mining College                 

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The Mexico special issues of the “MR” are priced individually, as listed above.
SPECIAL OFFER – Complete set of all 6 Mexico issues.
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"MICHIGAN COPPER COUNTRY" - By M. Wilson and S. Dyl, 8 1/2 X 11" size, 104 pages, illustrated, soft cover. Michigan's famous Copper Country, the Keweenaw Peninsula, has a long and complex history of mining, a fascinatingly unique geological context and, fortunately for us in the 1990's, a tradition among miners of collecting and preserving specimens which goes back more than 100 years! Much earlier than that, records show that the vast reserves of "red metal" in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula were first tapped by prehistoric Indians some 5,000 years ago. This well researched, condensed history of mining in the district is complemented with chapters covering the geology and mineralogy, along with descriptions and color photographs of numerous Copper/Silver specimens, and includes data on numerous other minerals and mineral producing localities within the area. A final chapter is devoted to describing the Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, as well as its important collection of Michigan Copper Country minerals. This soft cover book was published by the Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson, AZ, as Vol. 23, No. 2 -- the March-April 1992 special issue entitled "Michigan Copper Country".
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"MINERAL BOOKS - FIVE CENTURIES OF MINERALOGICAL LITERATURE" - Edited by Wendell E. Wilson, 8 1/2 X 11" size, 194 pages, illustrated, soft cover. This most interesting and informative collection of historical data on mineral books is meant to be a companion to the "Mineralogical Record" magazine's 1994 special issue entitled "The History of Mineral Collecting", described earlier in this listing. With the assistance of eight additional authors, each an expert in his field, the Editor has brought together this important history of the printing, and collection, of books on mineralogy. Topics covered include: Medieval Mineralogy, Gem Minerals in Early Arabic Literature, A Brief History of Systematic Mineralogies, Regional Mineralogies of the World, and information on the "Mineral Digest". Sketches of the lives and collections of several important 18th and 19th Century collectors are given, an introduction to historical bookplates is given, and a short introduction to the "Mineralogical Record" magazine's reference library is presented. Published by the Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson, AZ, as Volume 26, No. 4 -- the July-August 1995 special issue entitled "Mineral Books".
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"MINERAL INDEX WITH LOCALITIES FOR THE FORMER SOVIET UNION, BASED ON WORLD OF STONES", By William Shelton, 11” X 8 1/2”, 174 pages, spiral bound, with very heavy gauge clear plastic covers.  This extensive index, prepared from the 12-volume set of “World of Stones” magazine, is an important reference regarding minerals and mineral localities of the former Soviet Union.  This extensive index may help verify, and clarify information regarding minerals from this region.  For anyone interested in collecting minerals, this resource will provide invaluable information insofar as complete, correct locality data and the correct spelling of the localities.  In alphabetical order by mineral name, this complete list uses proper species and occasional varietial names, and includes properly discredited and obscure names.  This compilation makes minimal changes in spelling, and corrects obvious typographical errors and poor transliterations.  Each entry gives the volume number and page number, and includes notations regarding whether photographs are present.  The book is in like new condition, inside and outside.  Compiled for the 30th Annual Rochester Mineralogical Symposium, Rochester, NY, 2003.
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"MINERAL REFERENCE MANUAL, THE " - By E. H. Nickel and M. C. Nichols, 224 pages, 6 X 9" size, illustrated with 20 line drawings, soft cover. Especially designed for use in the field, office, or lab, the "Mineral Reference Manual" is a portable handbook of mineralogical data for all currently known mineral species. The encyclopedia style entries in this easy-to-use guide list chemical formula, color (where appropriate), crystal system, related species, group name or classification, and references. Each entry indicates whether or not the listed mineral is recognized by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA), an important feature for both professional and amateur mineralogists. Also included are 20 crystal drawings, a synonym appendix, and information on type localities. Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., NY, 1991.
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