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Minerals of the English Midlands - Softback

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Minerals of the English Midlands

by Roy E. Starkey. Published (2018) by British Mineralogy Publications, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England; 27.5 x 21.8 cm; 432 pages.

Crystal Classics is proud to offer Roy Starkey’s new book, Minerals of the English Midlands (MEM), first published in September 2018.  This meticulously researched work is designed to dovetail with other well known publications on British topographical mineralogy which have been written over the past three decades, beginning with Embrey and Symes’ Minerals of Devon and Cornwall.

The counties which traditionally constitute the English Midlands are obviously included, but geographical coverage is extended to include the likes of Cheshire and Oxfordshire; counties that might not otherwise be covered in future publications of this ad hoc series.

Following the Foreword by the 12th Duke of Devonshire, the first four chapters introduce us to the area, its geology, mineral deposits and minerals in general.  There then follow individual chapters covering Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.  This main section, which describes the topographic mineralogy and associated mining history of the given counties, accounts for 322 pages and many of the 900+ excellent colour photographs contained in the book.  In addition to numerous mineral photographs are photos of mines, quarries, historic labels and correspondence, landscapes and local historic buildings, together with many diagrams illustrating mining methods, mine plans, etc.

A terrific addition to this book are the many excellent maps highlighting county boundaries and key localities, all specially drafted by well-known mineral dealer Pete Briscoe, based on the Ordnance Survey’s new map-layering software.

MEM concludes with chapters covering Collectors and Collections, Mineral Dealers and Decorative Stones of the area; the latter includes collector’s favourites such as Blue John fluorite and Ashford Black Marble; two of Derbyshire’s mineral classics.

The book contains a comprehensive reference list of around 1,000 entries and a detailed index.

Like Roy’s first publication, Crystal Mountains – Minerals of the Cairngorms (2014), this is a thorough piece of research which results in a beautifully written and illustrated “must-have-book” for anyone even remotely interested in British mineralogy or industrial archaeology.


27.5 × 21.8 × 0.0 cm
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