Serious granite petrologists are undoubtedly familiar with the attractive Baveno granite, widely used in major monuments and obelisks in Italy, elsewhere in Europe, and widely exported as Rosa Baveno. This welcome coffee-table book is all about this famous granite, quarried near Lago Maggiore, Piemonte Province. The contributors focus on history and on the mineralogical treasures recovered. The story of Baveno is closely tied to the development of mineralogy in general and at the University of Milan in particular. Father Ermenegildo Pini wrote the first article (1779) on the striking clusters of orthoclase, some up to 12 cm across, and in...

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