Hardcover, 120 pages
Published by Mineralogical Record
Dimensions 8.3 x 11.2 (inches)
Butte, Montana: Minerals, Mines and Historyby R. E. Jenkins and J. A. Lorengo
[Hardcover Edition, bound in maroon bonded leather with metallic copper stamping]
For more than 100 years Butte’s dozens of mines have been a source of extraordinary mineral specimens of an equally extraordinary number of different species. A total of 130 different minerals have been recorded from Butte. Specimens of copper sulfides and sulfosalts like bornite, chalcocite, colusite, covellite, digenite, djurleite and enargite from Butte rank among the finest in the world. The best of Butte pyrite compares favorably with the best from any other locality worldwide. Handsome specimens of barite, quartz, rhodochrosite, silver and numerous other species have also been found at Butte, many of them in large numbers.
This book on Butte covers the fascinating mining history of the district (including many historical illustrations), the complex geology of the deposits, the extensive and interesting mineralogy (beautifully illustrated), and the history of mineral collecting there. It also provides notes on the idiosyncratic Ed McDole, “the Montana Mineral King,” who preserved and sold many of Butte’s best specimens.
Originally issued as vol. 33, no. 1 of The Mineralogical Record, this special hardcover edition of 300 copies is attractively bound in maroon bonded leather with a sewn binding and metallic copper stamping on the front cover and spine.