When I first heard about Andy Tindle’s project, I had the impression that this book would be similar to other books on the minerals native to a particular country. Therefore, when I received this tome, I was expecting to find a book that was dedicated to the minerals first discovered in the Great Britain and Ireland or minerals named after British or Irish individuals or localities. To my great surprise, I found something far more ambitious.

Most of the book (well over 500 pages) is dedicated to all 1,046 species known to occur in the British Isles. Illustrated with 550...

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