Il commento di Keith Compton, Australia.
I have just received my copy of Italian Type Minerals by Marco Ciriotti, Lorenza Fascio and Marco Pasero.
What can I say? It’s a great book that is much more than I expected.
This book deals with the many valid minerals (over 260) first discovered in Italy and also includes some named after Italian individuals and institutions.
This book has already introduced me to many minerals that I had not heard of or know about.
Photographs accompany nearly all the minerals and these are most informative. Readers should not expect a “picture book”. Rather this is a quality information source. To me it appears very well researched and provides copious references to source materials and papers written by both original discoverers and researchers.
The text follows a similar pattern throughout with one page devoted to each mineral. The information includes: the type locality, name, formula, mineral status, appearance, geological occurrence and comments about associated minerals at the type locality, a reference list detailing the original paper with the first description of each mineral, and with one or more photographs, either of the mineral and or locality or both. There are numerous photographs of the discoverers which add an interesting historical perspective.
In a few cases, there are no photographs of the mineral which is little disappointing such as Manganiandrosite–(Ce) and Manganolangbeinite. Not necessarily disappointing from the book’s perspective but I still don’t know what they look like as there are also no photographs in Mindat!
There is a useful table at the back setting out the minerals in the book according to the Strunz Mineralogical Tables and a listing of the minerals represented in the book in order of discovery. It is amazing how many have been discovered in recent years.
The book is in large format soft cover (approximately 29cm × 21cm) and printed on what appears to be an archival type paper so it should have a good shelf life (but is not in hardcover that I am aware of).
My only criticisms may be that there are no references throughout for each mineral to other encyclopaedic mineral texts such as the Handbook of Mineralogy by JW Bideaux et al., but then I can always go to that text or some other for that information anyway. My other criticism, as mentioned above, is the fact that a few minerals are without photographs. But these criticisms are small. Whether there are any technical errors, I am not one to comment and I will leave that to others, but from what I have read, if there are any, I don’t think they will be of any consequence.
This is a solid reference and a great source of information on a wide variety of many unusual minerals. It is not just a book about Italian minerals.
I would recommend this to any serious collector.
Well done to Marco, Lorenza and Marco. ""
Marco E. Ciriotti
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