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Rigby Limited, Adelaide, South Australia - first Australian edition, 1977. hardcover, 9" x 11¾", with dust jacket. Inscription to previous owner on verso front endpaper. Insect depredation to ffep. Packed book weighs 2kgs (4½lbs). VERY GOOD book in VERY GOOD unclipped dust jacket. Hundreds of colour photographs and many explanatory diagrams. Here is a simple, clear exposition of the nature, occurrence and properties of minerals with detailed encyclopedic information on all the the mineral varieties important to the collector, or lapidary. Gem-fashioning processes are described - from simple tumble-polishing to skilled faceting.