This handsome book with the stunning dust-jacket featuring a lustrous iron black, stubby, hexagonal prismatic-bipyramidal långbanite crystal, is a fine addition to the library of any serious aficionado of minerals. Långban, with at least 270 documented mineral species, 67 of which are types and with 23 of these remaining unique to this day, has long been a byword among the mineralogic confraternity.

Långban is tersely and tightly organized and includes one to two enlightening pictures per page (most pictures of minerals are in color; find the picture of Prof. Charles Palache breaking Långban dump material in 1925). The book consists...

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