Gems and precious stones of North America; a popular description of their occurrence, value, history, archaeology, and of the collections in which they exist, also a chapter on pearls and on remarkable foreign gems owned in the United States.
by KUNZ, George Frederick (1856-1932).
New York:: Scientific Publishing, 1890., 1890. Large 8vo. , vi, (3)-367 pp. Title printed in red and black, headpieces, tailpieces, 20 figs., 8 color plates (1 double-page), 16 black-and-white plates, tables, index. Later brick-red buckram, gilt-stamped maroon spine label, gilt spine. Bookplate of Joseph L. Tucker and his ownership inscription, Clayton, Missouri. Very good. FIRST EDITION. "Kunz's first major work and obviously based on the information that he had gathered via his gemstone chapters [for the United States Geological Survey]. It is the first systematic and thorough monograph on the subject of gemstones in North America. A feature which makes this work attractive to collectors is the series of eight vivid chromolithograph plates which depict native rough and cut gemstones, some examples of which, as the emerald crystal upon Plate 5, are of great historical importance." - Sinkankas. DAB, Supplement I, pp. 476-477; Sinkankas, Gemology, II, 3653.
(Inventory #: SJ13525)
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