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Pflanzen der Liebe: Aphrodisiaka in Mythos, Geschichte und Gegenwart

By: Christian Ratsch

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Bern, Switzerland, Hallwag Verlag: 1990

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000247

ISBN: 3444103670

Condition: Very Good


Glossy cover scuffed and slightly creased, slight wear to edges, contents near fine, binding tight. A detailed catalog of medicinal plants thought to be aphrodisiacs. Includes ancient to modern history of the uses of these plants and their ethnobotany. Profusely illustrated with color photographs, historical drawings and tables. An interesting work of value to ethnobotanists, herbalists, and subscribers of natural medicines. 208 pages. View more info

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Piritas de Huelva: Su Historia, Mineria y Aprovechamiento

By: I. Pinedo Vara

Price: $300.00

Publisher: Madrid, Spain, Editorial Summa, S. L.: 1963

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000024

Condition: Very Good


An exhaustive history and summary of the pyrite (and sulfur and copper mines) of the region around Huelva, Spain (including Rio Tinto). Includes ancient mining history (going back several thousand years A.D.) through Phoenician and Roman mining, to the present. Comprehensive locality data on pyrite mines throughout the region, as well as detailed information on mineral processing (beneficiation). Some comparative information on other pyrite and sulfur localities worldwide. View more info

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Quartz Crystal Deposits of Western Arkansas

By: A. E. J. Engel

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C., U. S. Government Printing Office: 1952

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000165

Condition: Good


USGS Bulletin 973-E. Paper wraps, some minor creasing to front cover, several tears and creases on back cover adjacent to map pocket. A study of the quartz crystal deposits of western Arkansas, prompted by the need for optical and oscillator quartz during WWII. Coincidentally, optical/oscillator quartz is also the type of quartz of interst to mineral collectors. This report covers the geology, crystallography and uses of quartz, as well as the primary deposits (mines) in operation at the time.88 pages, including 21 plates (including 15 maps in rear map pocket), 10 figures and 8 tables. View more info

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Quicksilver Deposits of the Opalite District, Malheur County, Oregon, and Humboldt County, Nevada

By: Robert G. Yates

Price: $18.00

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

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000154

Condition: Good


USGS Bulletin 931-N. Paper wraps, 1-1/2" tear on lower portion of front cover (repaired). Former owner's name handwritten in upper right corner of front cover.Detailed study of an important mercury district along the Nevada-Oregion border. Discusses the history, geology, mineralogy, mines and prospects, and suggestions for future prospecting. Includes the Cordero Mine, a significant mercury producer and type locality for rare mercury minerals. 30 pages, 7 map plates (one in map pocket pasted to inside rear cover), and 3 figures (also maps). 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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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


NEW. Limited edition, 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. 88 pages. View more info

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Rotorua and Thermal Regions: The Three Main Tours

By: Rotorua Motor Transport Co., Inc.

Price: $35.00

Publisher: Rotorua, New Zealand, Morning Post Print: 1938

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000092

Condition: Good


Pamphlet with red paper wraps, center stapled pages. Several creases on front cover, as well as top right corner of pages. Edges of cover a little rough. Obscure travel brochure for motor tours in the Rotorua thermal springs area on the North Island of New Zealand. Describes several tours and descriptions of the stops along the route. Includes four B& W photos of the volcanoes and lakes, and a nice map of the region. Interesting and scarce. 12 pages. View more info

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Sierra Madre West: The History of the Mines Below Willard and Ben Lomond Peaks

By: Mike & Steve Holmes

Price: $120.00

Publisher: Ashland, Ohio, Bookmasters, Inc.: 2008

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000087

ISBN: 0615216951

Condition: Near Fine


Very small bumps to two corners else fine cover and contents. History of the mines near Ogden, Utah in the vicinity of Willard and Ben Lomond Peaks. Well documented mining history of a relatively obscure mining district. 250 pages. View more info

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Synthetic Diamonds

By: James E. Shigley, editor

Price: $350.00

Publisher: Carlsbad, California, Gemological Institute of America: 2005

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000228

ISBN: 0873110501

Condition: As New


Great condition, like new, in a slip-case. This publication is a compilation of articles published over a 40 year period in Gems & Gemology, the journal of the Gemological Institute of America. It represents the best information available on synthetic diamonds up to its publication. The articles are grouped into sections on early history and introduction into the jewelry trade, advances in manufacture and treatment, high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) synthetics and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamonds. An excellent reference for the gemologist, diamond dealer and jeweler. 294 pages, inc... View more info

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The Anchor and the Pick: Rocks and Minerals by Boat in Southeast Alaska

By: Gary McWilliams

Price: $25.00

Publisher: Bellingham, WA, Great Story Book Publishing: 2019

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000006

ISBN: 0996103287

Condition: New


"This book is about the finding of rocks and minerals by boat in Southeast Alaska. Equally, it is about the appreciation of them for their natural beauty and for the incredible stories they tell. It is part science, part history, part rock hounding and part story telling.The stories are mainly reminiscences of boat trips with geologists and with others in the search for spaecial rocks and minerals along the rugged shorelines of the Alaskan Coast." - from the Publisher. More than 150 mineral collecting localities are described. Well illustrated. 182 pages. View more info

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The Copper Deposits of the Clifton-Morenci District, Arizona

By: Waldemar Lindgren

Price: $120.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C., U. S. Government Printing Office: 1905

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000212

Condition: Very Good


USGS Professional Paper 43. Professionally rebound in red buckram with new flyleafs and endpapers. A previous owner's stamp on title page. Pages somewhat yellowed but in very good condition otherwise. A very important work on one of the largest copper districts in the United States. Detailed geologic study on the stratigraphy, structure and processes of formation of the ore mineralization as was known at that time. Excellent descriptions of the mines and prospects, and of the ore mineralogy of those properties. Great reference on the district and it's mines. 375 pages, including 25 plates (... View more info

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The Darwin Silver-Lead Mining District, California

By: Adolph Knopf

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C., U. S. Government Printing Office: 1915

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000151

Condition: Good


Disbound, stapled in corner, no cover. Excerpt from USGS Bulletin 580, Contributions to Economic Geology, 1913 Part I. Summary of the geography, mining history, geology, mines and prospects and mineral production of this significant California district. 16 pages with one location map and two diagrams. View more info

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The Geology and Ore Deposits of the Bisbee Quadrangle, Arizona

By: Frederick Leslie Ransome

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C., U. S. Government Printing Office: 1904

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000204

Condition: Very Good


USGS Professional Paper 21. Professionally rebound in red buckram with gold lettering on spine and front cover. New flyleafs and endpapers. Ex-library from M.I.T. and Eugene Foord, a mineralogist and pegmatite expert with the U.S.G.S. and author of many papers. Original flyleaf has "Withdrawn" stamp from MIT Libraries and an E. E. Foord stamp. Title page has two M.I.T. library stamps. This book was bound while it was in the library of Walter S. Lombardo. This is the classic work on the geology and mines of the Bisbee area, Warren Mining District in Arizona. Extensive descriptive geology a... View more info

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The Magnificent Scientific Library of Joseph A. Freilich

By: Sotheby's

Price: $85.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Sotheby's: 2000

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000052

Condition: Fine


Only defect is one small stain (approx. 5mm) on exterior of pages. Auction catalog of an extremely fine scientific library, including works from the 16th to the 20th century. 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

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The Mineral Digest

By: Louis Zara

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, NY, Mineral Digest, Ltd.: 1972

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000067

Condition: Near Fine


Complete set of 8 issues bound in two volumes in black buckram with gold lettering on spine. Published between 1972 and 1976. Condition of volumes from very good to fine. The Mineral Digest was maybe the most beautiful and artistic mineral & gem magazine ever printed. With wonderful and diverse articles by leading experts, this set is a valuable addition to a collector's library. Heavy volumes, will require additional postage. 712 pages. View more info

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The World of Minerals: European Precious Opal Deposits at Dubnik

By: Peter Semrad

Price: $125.00

Publisher: Czech Republic, Granit Ltd.: 2017

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000056

ISBN: 8072961063

Condition: New


In Czech and English. Glossy pictorial cover. Comprehensive history, geology and mineralogy of the opal deposits of Cervenica-Dubnic, Slovak Republic (formerly Czech Republic, formerly Hungary). Opal, both precious and common, has been mined there since the early 19th century. Includes detailed descriptions of the types of opals found, associated mineralogy and mineral inclusions in opal. A beautifully illustrated book, with numerous color photographs. 219 pages. View more info

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Tourmaline A Gem Spectrum

By: Various

Price: $100.00

Publisher: East Hampton, CT, Lapis International, LLC: 2002

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000229

ISBN: 0971537127

Condition: Good


ExtraLapis English No. 3. Cover scuffed and corners slightly creased, contents in fine condition. an excellent summary of information on the tourmaline group of minerals. Covers the history, geology, crystallography and chemistry, cause of color, gemology, research, and an exhaustive summary of historic and current locality data. An excellent reference on this beautiful and important gem mineral group. 108 pages with numerous color photos and figures, as well as a good bibliography. View more info

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Tsumeb II

By: Georg Gebhard

Price: $175.00

Publisher: Grossenseifen, Germany, GG Publishing: 1999

Edition: 2nd Edition

Inscription: Inscribed by Author(s)

Seller ID: 000107

Condition: Very Good


Silver lettering on green buckram. Small bump on bottom of front cover, else fine. Several tears in dust jacket, scuffed front and significantly scratched on back of jacket. English version of the classic German work on the history, mining and minerals of the Tsumeb Mining District in Namibia. The English version has different photos than the German version, so could be considered a second edition. Many superb color plates, historic B&W photographs, photographs of mineral labels, and crystal line drawings of minerals found in the district. Includes section in the rear of book on pseudomorphs,... View more info

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Tungsten Deposits of Northwestern Inyo County, California

By: Adolph Knopf

Price: $18.00

Publisher: Washington, D.C., U. S. Government Printing Office: 1917

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000152

Condition: Very Good


Rebound in card stock wraps, stapled, with tape-reinforced spine. Excerpt from USGS Bulletin 640, Contributions to Economic Geology, 1916, Part I. Early study of the tungsten deposits in the Tungsten Hills near Bishop, California. Covers early history, geology, relationship to granitic rock, alteration, ore deposits and mines and prospects. 21 pages with map and several drawings. View more info

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Western Lighthouses: Olympic Peninsula to San Diego

By: Bruce Roberts and Ray Jones

Price: $4.00

Publisher: Old Saybrook, CT, Globe Pequot Press: 1993

Edition: 1st Edition

Inscription: No Signature

Seller ID: 000100

ISBN: 1564401332

Condition: Fine


A beautifully illustrated publication on the lighthouses of the western United States, including their history, architecture and contact/touring information. View more info