Every now and then, a book is published and my reaction is “Why wasn’t this published long ago?” Crystal Habits of Minerals is such a book. The Bulgarian father and son who put this book together are to be congratulated for compiling a massive amount of data on this fascinating subject. In doing this, they also acted as a “bridge” between Bulgarian/Russian literature and that of the western world. The text is well written and does not suffer from the failings of many books written by authors whose first language is not English.

Chapter 1 is a brief Introduction (two...

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