This long-awaited compilation owes its origin to a 1971 monograph by R. M. S. Perrin of the University of Cambridge on the clay mineralogy of British sediments, in which available data were tabulated and discussed within a geological context. Even as this was published, Bob Perrin and his young colleague at Cambridge, Chris Jeans, were making plans for a much expanded successor monograph, and in the late 1970s the UK Clay Minerals Group took this on as a publication initiative. Each successive chairman of the CMG, myself included, was determined to see it published during his term of office, but...

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