Books having belonged to well known people (ex-libris), signed by the author, or given by the author or another person of significance.

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An Appreciation of Two Great Workers in Hydraulics

By: Walter G. Kent

Price: $35.00

Publisher: London, England, Blades Easy & Blades: 1912

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000145

Condition: Very Good


Privately published. Pictorial cloth cover. Decorative linen pages sewn to binding. Rear cover shows minor scuffing, very minor dampstaining on several pages. Paper tipped in to front flyleaf states, "With the Author's Compliments." A concise summary of the achievements of two notable hydraulic engineers (Venturi and Herschel) and importance of their contributions to the field. An very interesting read. 34 pages, including B&W photographs and drawings. Ex-libris, John Sinkankas with his bookplate on inside front cover. This publication was acquired as part of a large purchase of ephemera tha... View more info

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Art Treasures from the Vienna Collections (Lent by the Austrian Government)

By: N/A

Price: $15.00

Publisher: 1949

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000148

Condition: Very Good


Pictorial covers, slight creasing on front cover and a 1/4' tear at bottom. Catalog for a traveling exhibition of art from the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna to several museums in the United States, as part of a post-WWII cultural exchange. 67 pages plus 43 B&W photographs of exhibit objects including paintings, bronzees, armor, tapestries, lapidary arts and cameos. Ex-libris John Sinkankas (PeriLithon Books), with his bookplate on inner front cover. This publication was acquired as part of a large purchase of ephemera that had been in the inventory of John Sinkankas (PeriLithon Books) af... View more info

Image for Experimentelle Prufung der aus den Fresnel'schen Gesetzen der Doppelbrechung abgeleiten Gesetze der Totalreflexion

Experimentelle Prufung der aus den Fresnel'schen Gesetzen der Doppelbrechung abgeleiten Gesetze der Totalreflexion

By: Joh. Danker

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Germany, N. Jahrbuch f. Mineralogie: 1886

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000095

Condition: Very Good


REPRINT! Xerographic copy bound in marbled boards. Ex-libris John Sinkankas bookplate pasted on inside front cover. Excerpt from N. Jahrbuch f. Mineralogie etc. Beilageband IV (1886) p. 241-290. Journal article on total reflection in minerals (optics). Many figures, line drawings, and charts. This is a journal article that John Sinkankas would reproduce and sell through his business, PeriLithon Books. View more info

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Faceting History: Cutting Diamonds and Colored Stones

By: Glenn Klein

Price: $35.00

Publisher: United States of America, Xlibris Corporation: 2005

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000150

ISBN: 1599260832

Condition: New


New.An eExcellent reference on the history of gem cutting, from ancient to modern times. "A written history about the equipment and work methods that were used through the centuries for cutting and polishing diamonds and colored stones has long been needed. Here is a book that is very interesting and informative. It is an easy to read book that belongs in every faceter's personal library. It also belongs in every jewelry store. It is an excellent book for those who would like to be informed about how gemstones are faceted. Anyone who is interested in purchasing or wearing gemstones will find t... View more info

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Fire in a Plain Brown Wrapper

By: Barbara MCCondra

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Australia, Barbara McCondra: 2005

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000057

Condition: Near Fine


A small, privately published book on the opals of Queensland, Australia. Beautiful photographs of opal, along with ads for opal dealers and an interesting section on assembled ironstone opals. Scarce. 20 pages. View more info

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How I Found and How I Lost the Cave of the Winds and the Manitou Grand Caverns: Being the True Story as Set Forth by the Discoverer

By: George W. Snider

Price: $225.00

Publisher: Los Angeles CA, George W. Snider: 1916

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000147

Condition: Very Good


Printed wraps (Art Nouveau style) with clear library tape to reinforce spine (although spine appears to be in good shape).Minor soiling on covers, a minor chip on upper right corner of front cover.. Edges of pages somewhat soiled, interior fine. Former owner's name, ( Dr.) F. (Frank) W. Cragin handwritten in pen on cover and an inscription to Cragin from E. B. Beeson (gift) on title page. Dr. Cragin was the head of the Geology Department at Colorado College from 1914 until his death in 1937. He amassed a large collection of publications and manuscripts on the history of the Colorado Springs ... View more info

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Maine Feldspar, Families & Feuds: Oxford County Mining History

By: Vandall T. King, editor

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Massachusetts, New England Historical Publications: 2009

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000007

ISBN: 061529183X

Condition: New


New, in original shrink wrap. Well researched and engaging book on the mining of feldspar, mica, beryl and gemstones from the pegmatite mines and quarries in Oxford County, Maine. This book covers not only the minerals and mining of the region, but also the prominent families, history and intrigue of these mining ventures in the 19th and 29th centuries. Includes an exceptional bibliography for those wanting to do their own research. Well illustrated with many historic photographs, maps, diagrams and postcards View more info

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Manganese Resources of the Artillery Mountains Region, Mohave County, Arizona

By: S. G. Lasky and B. N. Webber

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C., U. S. Government Printing Office: 1949

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000167

Condition: Fair


USGS Bulletin 961. Ex-library with library stamps on front cover, and library card pocket on map pocket on inside rear cover. Rear cover has numerous creases and several tears along spine. Author's (Lasky) inscription ("with sincere regards") to B.S. Butler, a fellow USGS geologist. Butler was a prolific author for the USGS, having written noteworthy reports including "The Copper Deposits of Michigan" and "The Ore Deposits of Utah." This report studies the large, low-grade sedimentary manganese deposits in Mohave County, and it's potential as an economic manganese resource. Included are ch... View more info

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Mineralogy of Llallagua, Bolivia

By: Mark Chance Bandy

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Tucson, AZ, Tucson Gem & Mineral Society: 1976

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000183

Condition: Near Fine


Inscribed by Jean Bandy (wife). Printed wraps. Translated reprint of original paper (in Spanish) by Bandy on the mines and minerals of Llallagua, Bolivia. Classic work. 69 pages, including 7 B&W photographs. View more info

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Observations on the Rich Silver Ores of Aspen, Colorado

By: Edson S. Bastin

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C., U. S. Government Printing Office: 1924

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000182

Condition: Good


USGS Bulletin 750-D. No wraps, pages sunned. Ex-libris stamp of Geo D. Louderbach (discoverer of benitoite and geology professor at University of California Berkeley). Discussion of the geology, mineralogy and ore deposits of Aspen, Colorado. 22 pages and 10 figures. View more info

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Preliminary Report on the Ketchikan Mining District, Alaska with an Introductory Sketch of the Geology of Southeastern Alaska

By: Alfred Hulse Brookes

Price: $150.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C., U. S. Government Printing Office: 1902

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000198

Condition: Very Good


USGS Professional Paper 1. Professionally rebound in red buckram with gold lettering on spine and front cover. New flyleafs and endpapers. Title page (original) is soiled, has some creases, and has remnants of tape near binding. Presentation copy: "J.G. Lind, Ogden, Utah Dec. 16.1905. Presented by honorable G. E. Sutherland U.S.S.." J. G. Lind was a Utah miner and assayer. George E. Sutherland was a Utah Congressman, Senator, and eventual U.S. Supreme Court Justice. This book was bound while it was in the library of Walter S. Lombardo. This was an early survey of the mining districts in t... View more info

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Rock Creek Sapphires: A Kaleidoscope of Color

By: Jeffrey R. Hapeman

Price: $79.00

Publisher: Pennsylvania, Earth's Treasury: 2019

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000002

ISBN: 0464752280

Condition: New


Limited to 750 copies! Each signed and numbered. This beautifully illustrated (over 100 photos) book highlights the history, mining, treatment and use of Montana's Rock Creek sapphires as gemstones and in jewelry. View more info

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The Trouble With Gold...: A Promising Treasure From Cripple Creek

By: Jim Davis

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Golden, Colorado, Deep Creek Press: 2003

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000018

ISBN: 096633471X

Condition: New


Historical western fiction. "November 24, 1914, Cripple Crrek, Colorado: a room-sized cave, encrusted with gold, is discovered in the Cresson Mine. A more wondrous sight than any fable could conceive of, the gold stimulates the imagination and greed of a mine boss, a notorious district highgrader, and two former outlaws from Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch." From the publisher. View more info

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Topaz Deposits Near the Brewer Mine, Chesterfield County, South Carolina

By: Carl Fries, Jr.

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C., U. S. Government Printing Office: 1942

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000158

Condition: Very Good


USGS Bulletin 936-C. Paper wraps, pages somewhat yellowed. Ex-libris Paul C. Bateman, as his name is handwritten on upper front cover. Paul Bateman was a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and was a prolific author, with many of his publications having to do with mineral deposits, granites and the Sierra Nevadas of California. He is probably best know for "Economic Geology of the Bishop Tungsten District , California". An interesting report on a massive topaz deposit, and its potential use as a substitute for kyanite as a refractory material. Also discusses gold and topaz placer deposi... View more info