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A Manual of American Engineers & Surveyors Instruments

By: W. & L.E. Gurley

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Mendham, New Jersey, Astragal Press: 1983

Edition: 5th or later Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000099

ISBN: 1879335344

Condition: Near Fine


Reprint of the 24th Edition, published in 1874. a manual and catalog of surveying and scientific instruments and supplies manufactured by the Gurley company. This company was in existence for 115 years before it was purchased by Telledyne and became known as Teledyne Gurley. Many drawings of scientific instruments.217 pages plus errata and index. View more info

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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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Banske Lampy: Historia a vyvoj v podmienkach banictva na uzemi Slovenska

By: Rudolf Magula and Tibor Turcan

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Kosice, Slovakia, Argentura Vizual: 1995

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000113

ISBN: 8088674190

Condition: Near Fine


Written in Czech and German. Published in German as "Grubenlampen: Geschichte und Entwicklung unter den Bedingungen des Bergbaus auf dem Gebeit der Slowaskei." Front cover lightly scuffed, rear cover shows some scuffing and scratches. Interior in fine condition. An interesting history and compilation of mine lighting devices from Central Europe. Includes candlesticks, carbide lamps and electric lamps. Great historical drawings and B&W and color photos of the lamps. 123 pages. View more info

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Chinese Treasures: A Traveling Exhibition of Chinese Objects

By: San-pao Li, Hung-hsian Chou and Ann L. Lui

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Orange County, California, Chinese American Council of Historical and Cultural Foundation of Orange County: 1988

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000250

Condition: Very Good


Cover slightly creased, rubbed and soiled. Tissue page in front of cover page is aged and mildly discolored. A documentation of a traveling exhibit of Chinese history, art and culture which was developed to educate children (grades K-12) about China and its people. Touches on all aspects of Chinese history and culture from geography to history to art.62 pages, with numerous drawings, photographs and maps. SCARCE. View more info

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De Natura Fossilium (Textbook of Mineralogy)

By: Georgius Agricola, translated by Mark Chance Bandy and Jean A. Bandy

Price: $45.00

Publisher: New York, New York, Geological Society of America: 1955

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000252

Condition: Very Good


Translated from the 1546 first latin edition. Cloth cover shows minor wear and bumping to several corners, minor soiling. Pages slightly sunned but in very good condition. Previous owner's name stamped on front flyleaf. One of the earliest comprehensive treatises on the study of and uses of minerals and ore deposits. Agricola not only studied the early classic literature, but was in a position to visit many mines and mineral deposits, and therefore brought a new understanding as to how minerals formed and could be found. Much attention is also paid to the uses of minerals, what constituted v... View more info

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Diamond Cutting: A Complete Guide to Diamond Processing (A New Look in Brilliant Diamond Cuts)

By: Basil Watermeyer

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Parkhurst, Johannesburg, RSA, Basil Watermeyer: 1991

Edition: 4th Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000074

ISBN: 0620132485

Condition: Near Fine


Spine scuffed on lower edge, else fine. 3mm tear in jacket, minor scuffing on rear, else near fine. A classic book on cutting diamonds by an expert diamond cutter. Covers all topics on diamond cutting, from selection and evaluation to cutting techniques, A large portion of the book is devoted to cutting practices and detailed diamond cutting designs. An essential book for diamond cutters and dealers. 80 color and B&W photographs, and 400 line drawings of diamond cuts. 406 pages. Scarce. View more info

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Exploring, Mining, Leaching and Concentrating of Copper Ores as Related to the Development of Ajo, Arizona (to mid-Year 1942)

By: Forrest R. Rickard

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Ajo, Arizona, Forrest R. Rickard: 1996

Seller ID: 000089

Condition: Near Fine


Pictorial cover. Minor scuffing to front cover, some creasing in lower left portion of rear cover. This book chronicles the development of the copper mines of Ajo, Arizona from the 1700's to 1942, and focuses on the exploits of General John Campbell Greenway, who is widely credited as the driving force behind modern copper mining in Ajo. Well researched, with many B&W photos, maps and line drawings of the mines, district and town. 348 pages. 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 excellent 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 th... View more info

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Faceting History: Cutting Diamonds and Colored Stones (HC)

By: Glenn Klein

Price: $35.00

Publisher: United States of America, Xlibris Corporation: 2005

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000220

ISBN: 1599260832

Condition: New


New. An excellent 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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Faceting History: Cutting Diamonds and Colored Stones (SC)

By: Glenn Klein

Price: $20.00

Publisher: United States of America, Xlibris Corporation: 2005

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000221

ISBN: 1599260832

Condition: New


New.An excellent 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 th... View more info

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Miner's Candlestick Patents

By: Wendell E. Wilson

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Tucson, AZ, Mineralogical Record, Inc.: 1983

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000069

Condition: Very Good


Top right corner cover and pages bumped, else fine. Rare. Unique book on 98 miner's candlestick designs and patent information from 1872 to 1917. Beautifully illustrated with line drawings of the candlesticks. 81 pages. View more info

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Mining in South Australia: A Pictiorial History

By: J. F. Drexel

Price: $35.00

Publisher: South Australia, Australia, Department of Mines and Energy: 1982

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000062

ISBN: 0724360948

Condition: New


New, still in original shrink wrap. Excellent history of over 100 years of mining in South Australia. Covers all major and minor commodities, as well as major mining districts and history. Well illustrated with historic photos and has a nice section on opal mining. Printed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the South Australia Department of Mines and Energy. 303 pages. View more info

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Reading Furnace 1736

By: Estelle Cremers

Price: $14.00

Publisher: Elverson, PA, Redding Furnace Press: 1986

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000097

Condition: Very Good


Pictorial cover. Some scuffing of cover, remnants of price sticker on upper back cover. Bookplate on inner front cover, "Geoscience Library of Jay Lininger, Dillsburg (Pennsylvania)." Jay was the publisher of Matrix: A Journal of the History of Minerals. This is a history of Chester County, Pennsylvania as it related to the iron mining and smelting industry, focusing on the Reading Furnace (1736-1778). Well illustrated with numerous color and B&W photographs, as well as maps, diagrams and correspondence. 194 pages. View more info

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The Miner's Flame Light Book

By: Henry A. Pohs

Price: $120.00

Publisher: Denver, CO, Flame Publishing Company: 1995

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000112

ISBN: 0964116502

Condition: New


New, in original shrink wrap. Massive study on the history, use and manufacture of underground mining lights (pre-electric). Hundreds of photos and drawings of candlesticks, carbide lamps and flame safety lamps; used by miners worldwide in the 1800's to early 1900's. Comprehensive and scholarly in scope. 867 pages. View more info