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Minerals of Britain and Ireland

By (author) A.G. Tindle
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Imprint: Terra Publishing
Published: 1st Jan 2008
Dimensions: w 219mm h 276mm d 34mm
Weight: 2126g
ISBN-10: 190354422X
ISBN-13: 9781903544228
Barcode No: 9781903544228
"Minerals of Britain and Ireland" is a completely comprehensive treatment of the minerals found in Britain, Ireland and the surrounding islands. Beautifully illustrated throughout with over 550 colour and black & white images, the book provides exhaustive coverage of the remarkably wide range of minerals found in this part of the world.By far the largest part of the book is the alphabetical listing of all the minerals described from Britain and Ireland. This includes species, varieties, synonyms, discredited minerals and fraudulent descriptions. The status of each mineral is clearly represented by distinctive formatting. All type localities are also described. The treatment is also enriched with biographical information on all those individuals who have had minerals named after them; it describes all the major mineral collections in national and local museums and university departments; and it summarizes the geological conditions in the major orefields that produced so many of the minerals."Minerals of Britain and Ireland" is replete with bibliographical references and it describes many additional discoveries never previously published. Coverage includes all relevant articles from national mineralogical organizations such as the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (from 1876) and the Russell Society (from 1982). Journals such as the "UK Journal of Mines and Minerals", "Mineralogical Record" and "Mineral Realm" are referred to extensively, as are many geological journals with mineralogical content.The last time a book of this type was attempted was 150 years ago, long before modern analytical instrumentation had been developed. Over 900 additional species new to Britain or Ireland have been described since that time. "Minerals of Britain and Ireland" covers in considerable detail the period 1858 to 2006, with particular emphasis on the last 50 years. In total, over 2200 minerals are listed, including over a thousand confirmed species.This monumental work will be warmly welcomed by the community of mineral collectors, curators, dealers, students and research scientists. Furthermore, archaeologists, environmentalists, mining historians, libraries, national heritage organizations and government agencies will also find much of value in this eagerly anticipated major work.

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On first examination, this is in some ways a compulsive book -- as once picked up the reader will find more and more fascinating entries and will get involved in cross-referencing to other species listed as being associated! It is large and weighty in all senses, but encourages one to dip in further. The author has clearly invested many, many hours, days, months and years in this project, which began, we are told, with his intention to compile, for his personal satisfaction, a list of all known mineral species from Britain and Ireland, spurred on later by the realization that since the publication in 1858 of Greg and Lettsom's Manual of the Mineralogy of Great Britain and Ireland, an up-to-date listing was long overdue.The mineralogical community now owes a debt of gratitude to him for the very detailed work in which the original scheme was expanded in such a way as to present this very detailed account of all the minerals in Britain and Ireland, including the offshore islands and even Rockall in the coverage. An enormous amount of effort was surely entailed in chasing up obscure references and sifting through hundreds of publications from both home and abroad which have yielded further data. The author has indeed been fortunate in obtaining willing cooperation from both amateur and professional mineralogists and mineral collectors (as well as expert mineral photographers). It is recorded that the book is 100% longer and 50% later than originally planned, but it is at last published and Andy Tindle is to be congratulated on giving us this useful and very comprehensive compendium. Source: Mineralogical Magazine An immaculate bibliography that must have taken years to research . . . The illustrations are spectacular . . . As another reviewer once said about a definitive book, 'It's a killer tome - this one can be filed under unbelievable' . . . I think it is excellent value when the quality of production and the quantity of information are considered . . . a benchmark for British mineralogy publication that may stand for a long time if not another 150 years -- I am sure that copies of this book will become highly sought-after collectors' items before long -- if you love mineralogy, hang the expense and order a copy today while you can. Source: Down to Earth magazine Colour reproduction and image quality are excellent throughout. . . I have to say the information is of an extremely high quality throughout . . . every other idea I had for an unusual or rare British mineral that might not be listed in the book was there . . .some of the sections had a huge amount of new information that I have not seen elsewhere . . . Considering the enormous scope of this project, Andy Tindle has defied the odds to deliver a masterpiece on British Mineralogy that is unlikely to be bettered for another 150 years. Everyone seriously interested in British mineralogy will be delighted with the book and should order a copy immediately! Source: MinDat [online] This, the very long awaited reference work,that is a complete coverage of the minerals and their localities in Britain and Ireland. All of us within the mineralogical community have been waiting for a great many years for such a book to be published covering the British Islands,and here it is.It certainly has been worth the long wait and what an emotional surprise it is. The book is simply one of the best topographical mineralogical books to be published in recent years. All serious collectors of minerals will need to add this important mineralogical reference work to their libraries. It includes over one thousand confirmed mineral species from the above area with a total of over 2200 minerals listed. It is also illustrated with over 550 colour and black and white images of gorgeous specimens from many private and institutional collections. The photography is stunning with a lovely balance of of both common and rare minerals. The mixture of specimen photography together with thin sections and great scanning electron images is most attractive. This is a worthy successor to that famous work Manual of the mineralogy of Britain and Ireland by Greg & Lettsom (1858) that has been used by so many collectors. Anybody that collects British minerals will require this reference for their collections with literally hundreds of localities mentioned. Six maps are included showing the distribution of the main mineralogical areas, ore fields and type localities. Also present, are tables of British type localities and their derivations as well as a section on significant museum collections holding mineralogical material. The book concludes with an extensive 50 page detailed bibliography. It will become the standard text to our rich mineralogical diversity for numerous decades to come. The author Andy Tindle, deserves all our greatest thanks for putting this massive project together and publishing it. Personally it is very satisfying to see 14 images from my own mineral collection incorporated within this fantastic book. The book should sell very well and you should treat yourself to a copy. Source: Rock 'n' Gem magazine