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Masterpieces of the Mineral World: Treasures from the Houston Museum of Natural Science Hardcover – November 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810967510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810967519
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendell E. Wilson is editor and publisher of The Mineralogical Record. Joel A. Bartsch is curator of gems and minerals at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Faller on March 16, 2007
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The specimens shown in this book from the Houston Museum are truly the top of their class. This is a coffee-table book for the mineral collector, and only falls short of a visit to the museum itself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joel D. Cohen on January 11, 2007
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Excellent detail and photography. Very good section on attributes of mineral specimens, locations,and collections through the centuries.A wonderful table top book for everyone to enjoy.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on December 26, 2004
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Minerals and crystals are among the most beautiful objects on the planet. Their sculptural shapes and intense colors can be mesmerizing. Amazingly these specimens haven't been "enhanced" by cutting or polishing. They are as God made them. These magnificent photographs of the world's greatest collection capture their beauty as well as any book I've ever seen.
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