This book on tourmalines is another in the series of magnificent tomes on minerals, which is especially full of beautiful specimen photographs. However, the editors don’t state a specific goal for this specialty mineral book, and unfortunately the topics seem too wide-ranging and disjointed to provide a coherent coverage. The random nature of the monograph is evidenced by the following topics: History of the mineral group, mineralogy, crystallography, worldwide locales summary section, and multiple (5) historic notes. I believe this volume would have benefited from a tighter focus, whatever direction the editors had decided to choose.

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