In most respects Minerals of the World is typical of the mineral field guide genre. It presents photographs and descriptions of those minerals that are most commonly encountered by or are of greatest interest to mineral collectors. This publication takes a step beyond the typical, however, through the surprisingly high quality of its production.

The first of the book’s three parts, “Mineralogy and Crystallography,” covers basic concepts: “what is a mineral?,” mineral names, crystal systems, crystal growth, and chemical, physical and optical properties. These topics are given very accurate and authoritative treatment by Dr. Ole Johnsen, a curator at the...

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