||Jiriho Agricoly Dvanact Knik o Hornictvi a Hutnictvi.
||504pp with 100's of illustrations. Prague 1933.
||The first Czech edition of
Agricola's "De Re Metallica", the greatest 16th century book on
mining and smelting. Fine impression of the many plates which are famous and
highly decorative. 504pp with 100's of illustrations. Prague 1933
||The complete MINERALOGYsection
from an early Encycloepedia Britannica.
with one engraved plate of mineralogical apparatus. London, circa 1790.
||Extracted from a very early copy of the Encyclopedia with a superb
engraved plate of mineralogical apparatus. Disbound
||Sciagraphia Regni Mineralis.
||168pp. Leipzig & Dessau, 1782.
||Very scarce. Perhaps edited by
Johann Jacob Ferber, this is the first edition of Bergman’s important
foundational work in mineral classification and nomenclature. In the Sketch
of the Mineral Kingdom, digested according to the constituent parts of the substances
that compose it, Bergman shows his support for classifying minerals according
to their chemical composition and not on the then common method of external
appearance. Bergman’s handbook, which is rich in observations about the
chemistry of minerals, went further in regard to the subject than had its
predecessors because Bergman had developed a portable blow-pipe kit. With
this tool, which he took with him out into the field and was thus able to
analyze minerals on the spot for their chemical constituents he was able to
create a practical method of classification. In contrast to the previous
systems of Bromell and Cronstedt chemical knowledge had developed to a state
where it was possible for a chemical system of mine
||Manuel du Minéralogiste; ou sciagraphie du regne Minéral, distribuée
d'apres l'analyse chimique.
||2 vols with 802pp and 1 folding plate of crystals. Paris, 1792.
||Scarce. Second edition in French,
retaining the translated text and extensive notes added by M. Mongez and with
expanded comments by Jean Claude de La Métherie. This edition is one of the
most important works in the chemical classification of minerals published in
the late eighteenth century, showing the state of both chemistry
and chemical mineralogy at the time. Curtsi Schuh.
A. G. Hogbom's copy. (the mineral högbomite is named for him).
||De l'emploi du chalumeau dans les analyses chimiques et les
||396pp with 4 folding plates of blowpipe equipment.
AN IMPORTANT history of the blowpipe and instructions on its use occupy pages
1-98, while the remainder of the book describes testing for metals contained
in individual specimens. Curtis P.
Schuh: Mineralogy & Crystallography: An Annotated Bibliography of Books
Published 1469 through 1919.
||Chapman, Edward J.
||Practical Mineralogy; or, A Compendium of the Distinguishing Characters
of Minerals by Which …
||194pp with 13 engraved plates of
crystals. London, 1843.
||Practical Mineralogy; or, A
Compendium of the Distinguishing Characters of Minerals by Which Any Species
of the Mineral Kingdom may be Speedily Ascertained.¡
||Cronstedts Versuch einer Mineralogie.
||296pp. Copenhagen & Leipzig, 1770.
||The German translation of "one of the most important and
influential works in mineralogy. By precise chemical analysis, Cronstedt
first realized that every mineral is created from a specific set of chemical
constituents; he further realized that the
chemical uniqueness of minerals formed an ideal concept on which a system
mineralogy could be built."
Curtis P. Schuh: Mineralogy & Crystallography: An Annotated
Biobibliography of Books Published 1469 through 1919.
||Destas, A. et al
||Minéraux d'uranium du Haut Katanga.
||84pp with 27 color photo illustrations.Tervuren, circa 1960.
||A fine soft cover book - probably the best - about the
crystallized uranium minerals of Katanga in the Congo. The illustrations are
superb and facilitate the sight identification of the various radioactive
||Dunn, E. J.
||122pp with 76 full page photo plates. Melbourne, 1911.
||Rare first edition on the most
comprehensive work on pebbles. The photo plates illustrate a collection of
over 50 years. DUNN, EDWARD JOHN (1844-1937), geologist, was born on 1
November 1844 at Bedminster near Bristol, England, son of Edward Herbert Dunn,
printer, of Cheltenham, and his wife
Betsy, née Robinson. He migrated to New South Wales with his parents in 1849.
In September 1904 Dunn was appointed director of the Geological Survey in the
Victorian Department of Mines and Water Supply. He was closely connected with
the discovery of black coal deposits in Gippsland . He studied the geology
and physiography of Mount Buffalo and helped to make it popular as a tourist
resort; Mount Dunn is named after him. In 1911 his book, Pebbles, was
published in Melbourne. Dunn's work in the Geological Survey was concerned
mainly with economic geology, but other tasks included a study of
australites; he donated his private collection of 120 of these to the British
Museum. Rare first edition
||Eppler, W. Fr.
||Edelsteine und Schmucksteine. 2nd edition.
||554pp with illustrations. Leipzig, 1934.
||A compendious work, profusely
illustrated and of great use to those in the precious stone business as well
as collectors. Contains many tables that are of use in identifying stones.
"Despite its age, this book is still eagerly sought and copies are difficult
to obtain." Sinkankas 1918.
||The Crystal Skull.
||108 pp. New York, 1973
||"The story of this splendidy
carved & polished rock crystal skull with speculations as to its
significance... It was found by the adopted daughter of explorer F. A.
Mitchell-Heges in the Mayan city ruin of Lubaantun, British Honduras, in 1927".
||Diamond and Gem Stone Industrial Production.
||256pp with 183 text illustrations. London, 1942.
far as the reviewer knows, this is the first book devoted solely to the
industrial use of the diamond, precious stones and other extremely hard
substances... to all intents and purposes, an artisan"s vade
mecum." S. H. Ball, 1942.
den dursichtigen Andalusit von Minas novas in Brasilien und den Diaspor von
Schemnitz. Bound with:
||44pp with 2 engraved plates. Prague, 1844.
monographs by Haidinger. "First
accurate determination crystal forms using transparent crystals from Brazil
and from which Haidinger determined trichroism. Depicts and describes a
dichroscope made from a calcite cleavage rhomb. A fundamental paper of great
importance to gemology." Sinkankas 2666, 2667 & 2668.
||Ueber die Pseudomorphosen und ihre anogene unf katogene Bildung;
|| Ueber den Pleochroismus der
Krystalle; Ueber den Cordierit.
||Hamlin, A. C.
this selfpublished, handsomely bound and illustrated volume appears the first substantial
account of the superb quality gem tourmaline crystals found in the Mount Mica
pegmatite body in Oxford County Maine. Beautiful copy. The plates, full color
lithographs, were prepared by Louis Prang & Co. of Boston after original
watercolors by the author.
||Hardin, George C. et al
||Fluorspar Deposits in Western Kentucky. Geological Survey Bulletin 1012
||3 vols with 130pp. Maps in pockets. Washington, 1954-55.
very thorough examination of the many mines and deposits of fluorites in
||Des Bergmanns Lebenslauf. 2nd edition (reprint).
||61pp with 21 full plate illustrations.
nice reprint of the very rare book original published in 1867. With 21 plates
depicting scenes from a miner's life from childhood to retirement.
||Handbuch der Mineralogie: section on FLUORITE.
section on FLUORITE: A fabulous (the BEST, in fact) reference work with
1000's of localities around the world. The section was extracted from the
huge work and bound seperately in half leather.
||Howard, J. H.
||The Working of Semi-Precious Stones.
||37pp with 17 photographic plates. Peekskill, 1931.
formal treatise on amateur lapidary work published in the United
States." Sinkankas 3044.
First edition, one of 3000 copies. Original printed thick paper wraps.
||Japanese Minerals in Pictures. Vols 1, 3 and 4 (of 4). Missing vol. 2.
||3 vols with over 627pp and almost 200 color illustrations.Tokyo, 1937-41.
||Rare. The finest and most
comprehensive work on Japanese minerals. ever published.Published in 4
volumes, this set is missing vol. 2 but can nevertheless be considered a rare
find. Beautiful color pictures of Japanese minerals and text in Japanese.
(complete sets sell for over $1200.00). Vols 1, 3 and 4 (of 4). Missing vol.
||Kunz, George Frederick
||Rings for the Finger.
||381pp with many illustrations. Philadelphia & London, 1917.
the largest single storehouse of information on rings available in any
language... Sinkankas 3705.
||Naumann, Carl Friedrich
||Elemente der theoritischen Krystallographie.
||383pp. Leipzig 1856.
||Professor Osann's copy. Scarce.
This important theoretical crystallography textbook is divided into two
sections. Beginning from an introduction to analytical geometry, Naumann
develops the foundation of crystallographic studies from a mathematical viewpoint.
General topics covered include axis definitions, space groups, zoning, and
The later section (pp. 73-383) applies the introductory material to
detailed discussions of each crystal system class: tessular (cubic),
tetragonal, hexagonal, rhombic,
monoclinic, and triclinic. Within each of these systems Naumann provides in
depth observations on the formation of the class, variations that are
encountered, distortion of the axes, twinning, etc.
Curtis P. Schuh: Mineralogy & Crystallography: An Annotated
Biobibliography of Books Published 1469 through 1919.
||The Minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, Sussex County, New Jersey.
Professional Paper 180.
||135pp with 199 text figures and 17 photographic plates. Washington, 1935.
||Original printed paper wraps. The
original edition, which has been reissued several times, of Palache's classic
monograph on the minerals occuring in Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey.
||Phenakit, seine Morphologie und Paragenesis.
||50pp with 10 text figures and 20 photographic illustrations. Stuttgart,
||Original printed paper wraps.
Pough's PhD thesis as published in original printed paper wraps.
"Primarily a detailed study of the crystallography of phenakite as
determined from crystals from many localities including USSR, Brazil, and
USA. Brief descriptions of type deposits & parageneses." Sinkankas
||Elemente der Krystallographie. 2nd edition.
||175pp with 10 folding engraved plates of crystal drawings. Berlin, 1838.
Presents the latest advances of the science at the time. Used as a textbook.
Rose was an expert in the use of the reflecting goniometer and the results of
his research are contained in this work. The first section provides a general
overview of the science including definitions. This is followed by
discussions of the six divisions of the crystallographic system.
||Sweet, Lessie M (signed)
||Notes on British barytes.
||13pp with 7 text illustrations.
||Notes on British barytes.Lots of
illustrations on crystal habits, phantoms, and other details on localities,
etc. Signed presentation copy in original printed wraps.
Catalogue of the Collections of Gems in the United States National
||197pp with 9
plates in original printed wraps.
||From the Report of the United States
National Museum for 1900, pages 473-670 with nine plates. "Considerably
more than a mere catalog, this work in fact is a short treatise on gemology,
with an important bibliography." Sinkankas 6498
||Thurston, W. R. et al
||Fluorspar Deposits of Utah. Geological Survey Bulletin 1005.
||53pp with folding maps. Washington,1954.
||A thorough work on fluorite from the locality
zur Erinnerung an die Verdienste des in Dresden am 30. Juni 1817
||187pp with 2 lithographic plates, the portrait in facsimile. Dresden
& Leipzig, 1848.
||Contains list of subscribers (57
names), a short necrologie of Werner, articles concerning Werner's death and
grave, a superb colored lithographic plate of Werner's memorial, articles
about Werner's contributions to mineralogy, especially that which relates to
the Freiberg Mining Academy, a comparison of
Werner's last mineral system with those of Mohs and Breithaupt, and
||K. S. Bergrath's Werner und and die Fortschritte bei der Bergakademie zu
||Whiting, J. W. & Relph, R. E.
||The Occurrence of Opal at Lightning Ridge and Grawin, with Geological
Notes on County Finch.
||14pp with large folding maps in pocket.
||Original printed wraps.
||368pp with 80 text illustrations. Naples, 1910.
scarce. Published as, Memoria estratta dal Vol. XIV, Ser. 2a, No. 7, degli
Atti della R. Accademia delle scienze fis. e mat. di Napoli, this is an
outstanding topographical mineralogy, giving ... the best description of the
various mineral species found at Mount Vesuvius in Italy. The text gives an
overview of the volcano, its history and its geology, followed by a detailed
descriptive list of minerals found on its slopes. To verify identification,
Zambonini preformed chemical analysis in his descriptions. Curtis P. Schuh: Mineralogy &
Crystallography: An Annotated Biobibliography of Books Published 1469 through
||Zippe & Hochstetter (2 vol's as 1)
der Krystalgestalten des rhomboedrischen Kalk-Haloides.
||66 + 36pp with 10 engraved plates. Vienna, 1854.
||Very rare. Two presentation copies
to Prof. Christian Samuel Weiss, one of the most famous 19th century
mineralogists, bound into one volume. One of the best works of it's time on
the crystal habits of calcite.
||(CALCITE SPECIALTY PAPERS)
||Bound with HOCHSTETTER, FERDINAND Das Krystallsystem des rhomboedrischen Kalk-Haloides.
||Zippe, F. X. M.
||Anleitung zur Gestein- und Bodenkunde, oder das Wichtigste aus der
Mineralogie und Geognosie...
||396pp. Prague, 1846.
||All around good reference work for
its time on mineralogy and geology