Precious Stones by Max Bauer, 2 volume set. A fantastic two volume vintage set of paperback books. Per the cover, "The most detailed work on gems. Amateurmineral hobbyistsas well as professional gem and jewery dealers will find here a wealth of information on all aspects of gemmology, from assembling collections to cutting and polishing stones. The first volume begins with a discussion of the general characteristics and applications of gem minerals, how they are cut, how faults and counterfeits are detected, how the value of a gem is determined, etc. Then, each type of precious stone is discussed thoroughly, beginning with nearly 150 pages on the diamond. Volume II covers 53 additional gem minerals and dozens of varieties, including corundum, spinel, chrysoberyl, beryl, topaz, garnet, opal, turquoise, feldspar, and quartz." Original copyright 1904. These editions are copyright 1968.
The books are in fair condition. Volume one is fairly worn, the cover is dinged, scratched, and corners are dinged. The pages are worn, there is some significant foxing on the first few pages. The second volume is in better condition. The cover is dinged and scratched and corners slightly bent. The pages are yellowed, but mostly clean.
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