Pegmatite Books

These are some books that might be of interest to peg people.  Those with hypertext links you can order directly by clicking on the link, for the others I suggest you try Peri Lithon books of San Diego (address below).

Exploring and Mining for Gems and Gold in the West by Fred Rynerson
This book is the personal history of the adventures of Fred Rynerson, one of the early tourmaline miners of San Diego County.  Although he did not have a lot of formal education, he was a very intelligent man who had a keen eye for geology and for people.  This is one of my all-time favorite books--if you have any interest at all in pegmatites or what conditions were like in early twentieth century southern California, I highly recommend this book.

Emerald and Other Beryls by John Sinkankas
This classic covers almost everything you would like to know about beryls: crystallography, history, worldwide occurence, coloring agents, synthesis techniques and more.  This is a fun book to read if you have any interest in beryls.  Hard to find but there are copies out there, and worth searching for.

Field Collecting Gemstones and Minerals by John Sinkankas
The one thing I don't like about this book is the title--there are many books on collecting rocks and minerals that are almost completely worthless.  This is not one of those books.  This book is filled with useful tips on where to find fine mineral specimens and how to get them out safely once you do find them.  The section on pegmatites is excellent.

Gem and Crystal Treasures by Peter Bancroft
In Gem and Crystal Treasures you'll find photos and descriptions of many of the most famous mines in the world.  After going to a few mineral shows or reading the literature, you'll see certain sites turning up time and time again.  This book describes many of those sites.

Dana's New Mineralogy : The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana by James Dwight Dana, H. Catherine W. Skinner, Eugene E. Foord, Richard V. Gaines.
This is the new edition of the long out-of-print classic.  I haven't had much of chance to look at it yet (it's VERY expensive), but if it's anything like the last edition every serious mineral collector will want to have a copy.

Handbook of Mineralogy, Elements, Sulfides and Sulfosalts by John W. Anthony, Richard A. Bideaux, Kenneth W. Bladh, Monte C. Nichols
Handbook of Mineralogy : Silica, Silicates by John W. Anthony, Richard A. Bideaux, Kenneth W. Bladh, Monte C. Nichols
Handbook of Mineralogy : Halides, Hydroxides, Oxides by John W. Anthony
This three volume set came out before the new edition of Dana's, and I believe it was intended to serve the same purpose.  Like the seventh edition of Dana's System, it too is in three volumes.  Like the new Dana's, it's also quite expensive--but it can at least be purchased a volume at a time.

The Tourmaline Group

For earth science books that are hard to find or out of print, try:

Peri Lithon Books
Used & antiquarian books
(619) 488-6904
5372 Van Nuys Court, San Diego 92109
Mail: P. O. Box 9666, San Diego 92169-1996
John & Marjorie Sinkankas
By appointment only
Geosciences, gems, mining, mineralogy

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