This well-illustrated book is about minerals and the men who discovered, collected and studied them. It includes a list of the first documented reports of over five hundred mineral species native to Scotland (many of which were first found here). After a brief introduction to the geology of the country, there are fascinating and scholarly descriptions of the collectors and their collections. A coterie of Scots, many living and working around Edinburgh, contributed greatly to the early growth of mineralogy: the work of men such as William Hunter, Robert Ferguson, Robert Jameson, William Nicol, Thomas Thomson, Thomas Allan, David Brewster...

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