This large format book is described by the author as a coffee table art book; however, it is much more like a labor of love for Steve Smale. Smale not only describes the early difficulties of trying to publish such a mineral “art” volume, but also his efforts to develop the talent of photographing his own specimens, some of which are published here. You can understand his passion for mineral specimens and the development of this eye-candy book from the fact that he decided to enlist the talents of Jeff Scovil (a renowned mineral photographer) to provide the remainder of...

First Page Preview

First page PDF preview
You do not currently have access to this article.