Softcover, 144 pages
Published by Mineralogical Record
Dimensions 8.2 x 10.9 (inches)
Private Mineral Collections in Italyby Pezzotta, F. (Introduction) & Wilson, W. E. (Ed.)
A feast of beautiful minerals: over 300 photogenic specimens pictured from 21 private collections in Italy, with profiles and photos of each of the collectors. Read about how they got started in mineral collecting, and what they love most about the mineral world.
The book begins with an engaging introductory essay recounting the history of mineral collecting in Italy, from medieval times right up to the present, by Dr. Federico Pezzotta, curator of minerals at the Natural History Museum of Milan.
Virtually all of the collectors represented are unknown to most Americans. This book gives a rare glimpse into modern-day mineral collecting in Italy, and the remarkably fine collections that have been built there. These are very serious collectors, and they have had access to many specimens that rarely, if ever, appear on the North American market. It is unlikely that you will ever be able to visit them in their homes to see their specimens; this book is the next best thing.