THE CURIOUS LORE OF PRECIOUS STONES by George
Dark blue cloth with illustrated front board, spine is faded, o/w very
Publisher,J. B. Lippincott Company, 1913 First edition
Illustrations: 6 color plates, 43pages of double tones, 24 line cuts in
Signed by the author:" To Cleveland H. Dodge Esq. with the sincerest
regards of the author George F Kunz, New York Nov. 27 1913, Y.M.C.A Campaign"e;
406 pages including index.
6 3/4 X 9 inches
Included is a 4x4 1/2 inch card which reads "e;The same God graunte you and
all yours long and joyfully to contynue in all Goodness and Prosperyte" and
is signed by George F Kunz with the printed dates 1620 -1920
KUNZ, George Frederick (koonts), mineralogist, born in New York city, 29
September, 1856. He was educated at public schools and at the Cooper
institute in New York. His fondness for mineralogy early asserted itself,
and he was led to make expeditions in search of specimens. When a sufficient
variety was accumulated, he would dispose of them as collections to colleges
and other institutions of learning. In connection with this work he became
familiar with Generals, and was invited to fill the office of General expert
to the firm of Tiffany and Co., New York. At present (1887) he is the
best-known specialist on this subject in the United States, and matters of
importance are submitted to his judgment from all parts of the country. He
is a fellow of the American association for the advancement of science, and
a member of the New York academy of science, and other scientific bodies.
Mr. Kunz has contributed papers to scientific journals and to the popular
magazines. He is a specialist on the staff of the "Century Dictionary," and
is the author of "Reports on Gems" in the annual volumes of " Mineral
Resources of the United States "(Washington, 1884-'7). He has now in
preparation books on " Gems" and "Pearls." 1. Appleton's Cyclopedia of
American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. 6 vols. New
York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889
Item No:MN1 Price: $475.00
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MINERALS by Willard L. Roberts, George R. Rapp, Jr.
and Julius Weber
Verygood, brown simulated leather binding, gold lettering on spine, full
Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, First edition, 1974
Illustrations: 128 pages of color photos with 7 or 8 pictures to a page,
nearly one thousand spectacular full color photographs.
Slight shelf wear to lower edge, dustjacket has a few minor chips or
693 pages including index.
9 X 11 1/4 inches
"This book is the most authoritative, up to date, information available
anywhere on all known and authenticated minerals. This remarkable compendium
provides chemical, physical, crystallographis, x-ray, optical and
geographical data on over 2200 alphabetially arranged species."
Item No: MN2 Price: $150.00
MINERALS OF BRAZIL by Rui Franco, Alsedo Leprevost, Joao Bigarella,
and Aurelio Bolsanello.
Very good brown simulated leater with gold lettering 3 volume set.
Publisher: Universidade de Sao Paulo, 1972 edition in English and
Illustrations: Beautiful color illustrations, not listed or numbered.
Some light bumping to corners but overall almost like new.
422 pages in three volumes with index.
8 1/2 X 11 1/4 inches
The authors arrange the minerals in the three volumes with the native
elements, sulfides, haildes and oxides in vol 1. Vol 2 features the
carbonates, sulfates, chromates, molybdates, tungstates, phosphates,
arsenates and vanadates and quartz. Vol 3 covers the silicates,organic
compounds and index.
Item No: MN3 Price: $62.50 set
MINERALS AND MAN by Cornelius S. Hurlbut, Jr..
Very good with dust jacket, brown cloth with gold lettering on spine.
Publisher: Random House, NY A Chanticleer press edition, Second printing
Illustrations:Profusely illustrated 217 total, 160 in color and others in
black and white.
Some light spotting to cloth cover, some tears in dustjacket. o/w sound
clean and tight.
304 pages with index.
9 X 11 1/4 inches
"The number of everyday objects in which we use minerals is overwhelming:
from a tiny transistor to a mighty engine, from wedding bands to crown
jewels, from the hardest abrasives to talcum powders. The author, who has
taught mineralogy at Harvard for almost forty years, describes as
nontechnically as possible, how the minerals that yield such products are
formed, whre they are found and how they are removed from rocks and
Item No: MN4 Price: $35.00
THE OPAL BOOK A Complete guide to the famous gemstone, by Frank
Very good condition, blue papercovered boards, illustrated endpapers and
Publisher: Ure Smith, Sydney, London Seventh impression revised and with
additional illustrations 1968
Illustrations: 18 color photos of various opals, many black and white.
Some small chips on dustjacket, o/w sound clean and tight.
6 1/2 X 9 1/2 inches
"The book is designed for the general reader and the rock-hound alike. it
has an unequaled reference value; but basically it is a true and picturesque
story of opals and opal-mining yesterday and today.
Item No: MN5 Price: $35.00
THE STORY OF GEMS AND SEMIPRECIOUS STONES BY Frederick H. Pough
Very good yellow cloth with black lettering
Publisher: Harvey House Inc. 1967 edition
Illustrations: 4 full color photographs, some black and white woodcuts and
photos throughout the text.
Lower spine has a small bump, dustjacket has some tears, and lower front
corner is clipped. Trade price is still on upper flap.
142 pages with index.
10 1/4 X 7 1/2 inches
"Dr. Pough, a widely acknowledged authority in the field of gemmology,
gives an absorbing account of how gem minerals form; how a diamond bends
light around corners; the exacting craft of gem cutting; how gems are used
in industry, and much more."
Item No: MN6 Price: $20.00
THE GEM KINGDOM by Paul E. Desautels
Very good, purple cloth, full color dustjacket
Publisher: Random House, Inc. NY, First edition, first printing.
Illustrations: Photography by Lee Boltin; breathtaking photos of minerals,
crystals, cut gems and handiwork of craftsmen through the ages.
Both book and dustjacket are unblemished, some slight fading and foxing on
foldover of dustjacket otherwise all is sound clean and tight.
252 pages including index.
9 X 11 inches
"The text, by the Curator of the Smithsonian Instution's Gem and Mineral
collections is absolutely intriguing and authentic."
"The photographs, owing to an ingenious technological breakthrough by Lee
Boltin show the world's finest gems with surpassing fidelity and
Item No:MN7 Price: $30.00
MINERAL FACTS AND PROBLEMS 1965 edition by US Dept. of the Interior
Very Good, green cloth with gold printing Bulletin 630, Bureau of mines,
Publisher: US Department of the interior, 1965 edition
Illustrations: Numerous black and white line drawings tables and graphs
Spine is slightly faded, lower right corner is bumped front and back.
1118 pages including index.
8 1/4 X 10 1/2 inches
Minerals have a place in most of the manufacturing that goes on today. It
is fitting that the government produce a report of this size on them and
Item No:MN8 Price: $30.00
QUARTZ FAMILY MINERALS by H. C. Dake, Frank L. Fleener and Ben Hur
Good condition, blue cloth binding.
Publisher: Whittlesey House, NY and London cy 1938, eighth printing.
Illustrations: 51 black and white photos and drawings
Some wear at head and tail of spine, no dustjacket.
304 pages including index..
8 X 5 1/2 inches
"We could truthfully say that many of the greatest fortunes in our country
have been tied up in one way or another with the world's mineral resources,
and that a knowledge of mineralogy helped to lay their foundations."
"quartz is found in the rocks of all ages and of nearly every type,
including igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic. Cavities in lava rocks,
formed by gas bubbles known as vesicles appear to be a favorite place for
the deposition of agates and certain types of crystal-lined geodes."
Item No:MN9 Price:$10.00.
GEMSTONES AND MINERALS by John Sinkankas How and Where to Find Them
Very good condition with green cloth binding, black and gold label on
front board and spine.
Publisher: D. Van Nostrand Company, Princeton, NJ, 1961 edition
Illustrations: 133 black and white photographs and drawings of locations
Dust jacket has numerous chips and tears. Book is slightly canted.
387 pages including index.
6 1/4 X 9 1/4 inches
"Sooner or later ever collector of minerals and gemstones realizes he
needs to know how and why mineral deposits form...how to look in old
locations for the few places where valuable minerals and gemstones could be,
and able to recognize the signs which say "look here!""
This book is written in clear straightforward language which is easy to
understand by any reader with no special knowledge of geological terms."
Item No: MN10 Price: $28.00
JADE by J. P. Palmer
Very good in dust jacket, green cloth binding with gold chop on front
Publisher: Spring Art Books, Spring Books Middlesex, 1968, second
impression, first edition
Illustrations: 54 Plates in full color and eight black and white plates.
Upper and lower edges of cloth are somewhat faded, dust jacket has small
chips and tears, o/w sound clean and tight.
9 1/2 X 11 inches
"J. P. Palmer, an Assistant Keeper at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge,
has provided a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating story of
jade-what it is, where it came from, how it was carved and how it was used."
"Glowing and translucent with reflected light, jade is endowed with the
special quality, peculiar to this beautiful stone, of combining gem-hardness
with delicacy; frailty with impressive strength. It is unique:
Item No: MN11 Price: $24.00
GEMS FOR THE TAKING by Mary L. T. Brown
Good with dj, ex-library,library marks removed. stamped withdrawn.,
The Macmillan Company, NY and London copyright 1971 second printing,
maroon cloth, gold lettering on spine.
Illustrations: Not illustrated
Sound and tight, one page has a small stain, all else in good readable
8 1/2 X 6 inches
"These precious gems are yours for the taking-these and dozens more--from
the mountains, hills, valleys, deserts, and streams fo all fifty of our
Item No: MN12 Price: $5.00
MANUAL OF MINERALOGY AND PETROGRAPHY; CONTAINING THE ELEMENTS OF THE
SCIENCE OF MINERALS AND ROCKS. BY JAMES D. DANA
Very good condition, Brown hardcover, cloth binding, gold lettering on
John Wiley and sons, NY, Chapman & Hall, London copyright 1887. 12th
Illustrations: Black & white line drawings of crystals etc.
Shelf wear to top and bottom of spine, lower corners bumped, age soil and
wear. Previous owner's name in ink on flyleaf.
7 3/4 X 5 1/2 inches
Dana was the foremost in mineralogy and crystallography. He describes the
different systems with clear diagrams of how the crystals grow.
Item No: MN13 Price: $35.00
GEOLOGY FOR TEACHERS, CLASSES, AND PRIVATE STUDENTS. by Sanborn
Tenney, A. MM.
Good Condition, brown embossed cloth binding with gold lettering,
Publisher: E. H. Butler & Co. Philadelphia, 1860 edition
Illustrations: Black and white drawings and wood engravings within the
Wear to upper and lower spine, bumped corners, front hinge cracked,
handwritten note in pencil from original author dated 1864.
320 pages.plus 4 pages of catalogue.
7 3/4 X 5 1/2 inches
Mr. Tenney was a lecturer on physical geography and natural history, in
the Massachusetts teachers' institutes.
Item No: MN14 Price: $25.00
DICTIONARY OF GEMS AND GEMOLOGY by Robert M. Shipley et al
Conditionk: very good, red cloth binding with gold lettering, and dust
Publisher:Gemological Institute of America, 1945 first edition
Jacket has tears and missing sections and is separated, cover is faded
where pieces of jacket are missing. Jacket is very fragile paper.
8 1/2 X 5 1/2 inches
"Definitions of scientific and trade terms, also descriptions and
addresses of organizations, laboratories, museums, and periodicals concerned
with gems and gemology."
Item No: MN15 Price: $15.00
PRECIOUS STONES AND OTHER CRYSTALS by R. Metz
Fine Condition, tan cloth binding,with gold lettering on spine, with
original shipping box.
Publisher: A Studio Book, The Viking Press, NY second printing, 1969.
Illustrations: 89 Color plates, by Arnold E. Fanck, some full page, tipped
Book is as new, a few lower corners have been turned up, shipping box is
faded and bumped.
181 pages including index.
9 3/4 X 11 3/4 inches
"Dr Rudolf Metez, a well-known geologist and mineralogist, has written an
authoritative text which, besides describing the various types of crystals
and the circumstances in which they are formed and grow, gives a scientific
account of the nature and origin of minerals."
Item No: MN16 Price: $125.00
THE MINERAL KINGDOM by Paul E. Desautels, supervisor Division of
Mineralogy, Smithsonian Institution.
Fine Condition, tan cloth binding, with original shipping box,
Publisher: Madison Square Press, a divisionof Grosset & Dunlap, Inc.
Printed and bound in 1968.
Illustrations: More than 140 Full Color photographs by Lee Boltin
Book and dust jacket are as new, shipping box is slightly faded and
252 pages plus index and credits.
9 X 12 inches
"The Mineral Kingdom is a vivid exploration conducted by a brilliantly
qualified guide Paul E. Desautels. Lucidly and accurately, he tells how
minerals are formed, found, and used. His survey of the mineral kingdom
ranges from the romantic legends of antiquity to the marvels of contemporary
earth science, including: the wonders of crystallography, gemstones, minerals
at works, classic specimens, renowned occurrences, the amateur and his
hobby, and the collector.
Item No: MN17 Price: $75.00
SUCCESSFUL MINERAL COLLECTING AND PROSPECTING, by Richard M. Pearl
Very good in dust jacket, orange cloth, hardbound black lettering on
Publisher: Bonanza books New York, Copyright 1961 (B), Second edition
Illustrations: Many black and white photos and 4 pages of color
Small wear chips on dustjacket otherwise sound clean and tight.
164 pages, including index.
8 1/4 X 11 inches
"This excellent, profusely illustrated and very exciting book - the first
to combine the interests of Hobbyists and prospectors in their search for
minerals and ores - is addressed to readers "whose goal is fun, or a fund of
new knowledge, a rock and mineral collection, or a platinum-plated and
" Professor Richard Pearl, a certified Gemologist of the American Gem
Society, begins by describing man's historical search for mineral wealth and
the importance of the prospector's contributions, from the Old Stone Age to
the present day, in making life safer and more comfortable as every century
Item No: MN18 Price: $25.00
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