Book List

As Neal Yedlin used to say, "Buy and use a good mineral book." Here's a short list of several very useful titles currently in stock. All are new, and our used book inventory changes too frequently to efficiently list. For used titles, see us at the shows! Refer to our Ordering Instructions page for additional information.

Gems & Mines of Mogok
by Ted Themelis

The "special limited illustrated edition" of this relatively recent hardcover book, a thoroughly researched, scientific treatment!

This 352 page book is a marvelous, detailed work, with over 1600 above average, full color photographs, diagrams and maps. A remarkable story of Myanmar's gem producing areas, the treatment of gemstones, and the minerals of the Mogok district. Priced at $129 plus shipping, and clearly worth the price for the Mogok enthusiast!

The author is a former director of Research and Development of the Accredited Gemologists Association in the U.S., and he has worked extensively with numerous gem and jewelry organizations, publishing over a hundred articles pertaining to gem identification, enhancement, inclusions and instrumentation.
An excellent book is SOLD OUT! SORRY!

Minerals First Discovered in Switzerland
by Philippe Roth

This new hardcover work is an excellent treatment of the many type localities of Switzerland and the Swiss citizens for whom minerals have been named. Over 235 pages written in concise, clear style with two page treatment of each mineral, accompanied by judicious use of color throughout. A must have, useful investment for the mineral collector or science library, and a high quality book available only from us at $45.00 plus $9.00 s/h in the USA. We are the exclusive U.S. Distributor of this excellent new book!

The Complete Book of
by Quintin Wight

This classy hardcover work, fully titled as "The Complete Book of Micrmounting", has over 280 pages of detailed information dealing with the many diverse factors of mineral collecting at the microscopic level. Chapters cover the history of micrmineral studies, trading and field collecting methods, specimen preparation, identification, various mounting techniques, microscopes, photography, a wide range of usefull tools, and more! Included are 165 color photographs (alphabetically arranged) of superb micro specimens as well. If you have contemplated micromounting, this is the bible to follow! Large format (28x21cm), hardbound with dustcover, new shrink-wrapped copies, offered elsewhere at $65, our price: just $32.00 plus shipping!.

SORRY - this title is now sold out!


Mineral News

Known as "The Mineral Collector's Newsletter", we are the publishers of this monthly periodical. For those of you not familiar with this neat little publication, we can offer single back issues @ $4.00 each, postpaid, or a full year of back issues (12 issues) at $30.00 per year, plus $5.00 shipping/handling in the USA, or bound sets for 2004 through 2010 are available at $35.00 each year, postpaid in the USA. New subscriptions in USA are just $30.00 per year. Foreign inquiries invited; see the Mineral News website for more information!

Minerals of Northern England
by Symes & Young

An excellent single volume softcover reference, superb treatment of history, mineralogy and mining, with sections on collectors, dealers etc. Excellent color images throughout! See review in December, 2008 Mineral News for more details! Available @ 40.00 SORRY: NOW SOLD OUT!!!

The 2004 Revised Hardcover Edition!
Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey:
The World’s Most Magnificent Mineral Deposits

By Dr. Pete J. Dunn – Department of Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution

Over 750 pages of descriptive mineralogy and history, accompanied by more than 900 b/w images of maps, drawings, SEM images and hand specimen photographs, handsomely bound and oversewn in two gold-stamped volumes of royal blue buckram with acid-free end papers.
A must-have for every serious collector, mineralogical bibliophile and library @ $195.00 plus $15.00 Priority shipping in the USA.
We are the exclusive worldwide distributor!

Maine Feldspar, Families & Feuds
Edited by Vandall T. King

This marvelous hardcover book is a large and detailed collection of historical works involving Oxford County, Maine: its minerals, miners and its mining stories. It is certainly the first feature-length history of a granite pegmatite mining district, filled with research that documents and brings to life the characters (some shining knights, some scoundrels) and places that formed Maine's mining legacy.

Early mining development of such mineralogically notable places like the Bumpus Quarry and the birth of the feldspar mill at West Paris provide a background to the personalities, economic realities and hardships experienced in this important industry. Stories of the "giant beryls", the Cummings Family Feud, the famous Lynchville intersection sign, the destruction of Albany's tax base by the government's formation of the White Mountain Nation Forest, and many other historical tidbits make for interesting reading. For a full review, see Mineral News, August, 2009 issue! This excellent work is in stock and is available @ just $49.95 plus shipping.

- Ed. by Holtstam and Langhof

A superb 215+ page hardcover book printed on exquisite heavy stock that tells the complete story of this prolific mineral locality. Filled with excellent color photos as well as black and white images of the rich mineralogy and history of this famous area, this book is a long-awaited masterpiece of regional mineralogy that every library should have! Full descriptive mineralogy of the hundreds of species that occur there, coupled with a marvelous historical treatment make this an instant classic! Dealer inquiries invited!
Large format (30x22cm), superb printing quality @ 79.00 plus shipping.

See eviews in May-June, 2000 Rocks & Minerals Magazine: "A pleasure for the eye as well as the mind." - Dr. Carl Francis, Harvard University ; and in July-August, 2000 Mineralogical Record: "It is difficult to imagine how it could have been done better...It merits the highest recommendation." - Wendell Wilson, Editor.

We are the exclusive North American distributor!

-Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh & Nichols
The most comprehensive treatment of mineral species data available in concisely stated volumes! A masterpiece of research and a clearly presented reference work that every serious collector or researcher should have in their library! Available in multiple volumes, all handsomely bound, as follows:
Volume I - Elements, Sulfides and Sulfosalts - 588 pages 
- $120.00 plus shipping
Volume II - Silica and Silicates - two volumes - 904 pages 
- $150.00 plus shipping
Volume III - Halides, Hydroxides and Oxides - 628 pages 
- $100.00 plus shipping SOLD OUT!
Volume IV - Arsenates, Phosphates, Vanadates - 680 pages 
- $110.00 plus shipping; and finally: SOLD OUT!
Volume V - Everything Else! Over 800 pages!! 
- $130.00 plus shipping

One complete set available, @ $600 plus shipping!

by Peter Bayliss

The most complete, hardcover book available that deals specifically with obsolete and obscure mineral names, alphabetically listing over 30,000 entries with current nomenclature AND a published reference for each. A superb research tool and necessary addition to your mineral library! When faced with an obscure old mineral label, the answers are here! Hardcover, 235 pages, while our dwindling supply lasts, an attractive price of just 32.00 each plus s/h

- Dr. Igor Pekov
An excellent, up to the minute work that describes all mineral species first discovered in the former USSR territories, including historical information, superb and extremely specific locality data, SEM images and color photos of minerals and their localities! Written in English, this 370 page hard cover book is a long-awaited and welcomed addition to your mineral reference library @ only $59.00 each, plus shipping.

History - Pegmatites - Minerals

- Igor Pekov

This long-awaited hardcover volume describes the history, development, geology and mineralogy of this prolific area in Russia. In a format similar to the much-acclaimed Langban book we recently distributed, this high quality volume contains nearly 500 pages and is richly illustrated with many hundreds of color and black & white photos and drawings, accompanied by a comprehensive treatment of the 340 minerals that occur here, many with crystal drawings, chemical analyses, photographs etc.. In Dr. Pekov's thorough style, this work is sure to become a mineralogical library requirement! Available @ just 79.00 plus 8.95 surface mail in the U.S.A. Dealer inquiries invited!

We are the exclusive North American distributor!

 NEW MINERALS 1995-1999
- J.A. Mandarino
A suberb abstracting of all new mineral species published during the period in a very readable format. Over 280 pages of precise scientific, locality and useful collector data in a softcover volume, graced with an excellent color cover photo of the type specimen of andyrobertsite! A number of crystal drawings and several useful tables are also provided in this 24x17cm volume @ 25.00 plus 4.95 additional shipping. Dealer inquiries invited!

- by J. Mandarino and M. Back NEW EDITION: 2008
The mineral collector's bible that lists all valid mineral names that have been approved and published. This 300+ page work includes chemistry, crystal system, and now for the first time, TYPE LOCALITIES and comprehensive lists of mineral groups with new nomenclature! One of the most handy and useful references for every collector's library, now in a new edition, the first in five years! Just publsihed and available from us @ just $26.00 each plus shipping.

- Art Smith
An excellent field guide and reference source for any collector either planning a collecting trip or researching potential minerals available from the many prolific Arkansas localities! About 150 pages filled with maps, diagrams, crystal drawings and some color photos as well, this useful work deserves a spot in your reference library! Softcover, size 6" x 9", @ only $19.95 plus shipping. Dealer inquiries invited!

The best English-language professional journal that is still thoroughly readable, and an excellent source for cutting-edge new mineral descriptions of such great interest to systematic collectors. If your personal library is missing this valuable resource, we have a few full year sets available comprised of six issues per year. Current supply includes years 2002, 2003 and 2004 @ $75.00 per year, plus shipping.

- by Jeffrey de Fourestier
This new book, the second special publication of the Canadian Mineralogist, is a large-format (8.5 x 12 inches) hard cover volume that alphabetically lists over 35,000 mineral names and synonyms, with the generally accepted mineral name following each entry. Includes a marvelous short section on un-named and UK minerals from various localities as well. Invaluable when deciphering old labels or archaic names, this is an excellent tool for rapid determination of modern mineral names. Only a few new copies on hand @ 49.00 each plus 6.95 additional shipping.

- by Albert H. Chester (Reprint of 1897 work!)
This excellent reprint of Chester's work is a large format, black hardcover with gold stamped spine and front, over 75 pages (including J. Wiley's short catalog of available titles of the day) of old mineral names, intended by Chester as a mineralogist's definitive checklist of all English names of known minerals, sysnonyms and varieties (with chemical descriptions) as of 1897. Another useful tool when deciphering old labels, we have only a handful of these classics, @ just 12.50 each plus 4.95 additional shipping.

- Laszlo Horvath
A 372-page hardcover book that describes all the mineral species first discovered in Canada, with an additional segment on mineral species named after Canadians. Each description includes chemistry, crystal data, detailed type loclity data, descriptive occurrence, superbly documented type specimen data plus references, discredited species, assorted tables etc.. A very useful work illustrated with some color photography of type specimens, images of the mineral namees etc.. A few like-new copies available, size 24cm x 18cm @ 45.00 each plus 6.95 additional shipping. SORRY SOLD OUT!!!!

- Igor Pekov & Alexander Podlesnyi
A superb, descriptive mineralogy of this prolific deposit, this 165+ page softcover book has 111 color plates, 125 crystal drawings, over 100 b/w diagrams and images, with an excellent historical treatment, followed by detailed descriptions of the 212 species, many quite rare, that occur here. If you liked the Lovozero book and other locality-oriented mineralogies, this is a must-have! Only @ 45.00 each plus 4.95 additional shipping. SORRY: SOLD OUT!.

- by T. Egleston (1892)
This is a complete, unabridged reprint of Egleston's classic work of the 1892 edition of "A Catalogue of Minerals and Synonyms". The original 379 page work has been faithfully reproduced in a large format (28cm x 21cm) softcover volume, quite usefully employed for looking up old and obscure mineral names used in the 19th century mineralogical literature. While our supply lasts @ only $10.00 per copy plus 4.95 additional shipping.

-Edited by Vandall T. King (2011)
This is a wonderful, full color "coffee table" book is SIGNED by the AUTHOR and has more than 400 pages, filled with beautiful images of outstanding, colorful minerals. Specimens are taken from a dozen collections and are among the finest samples for the minerals depicted. While our supply lasts @ only $35..00 per copy plus 6.00 additional shipping in the USA. Foreign shipping is considerably higher - please inquire!.