This is a very good hardcover. 1934 Smithsonian Institute Scientific Series, Volume Four. This copy is very clean inside and out. Inside pages are very clean with only a hint of light natural tanning from age. No foxing or markings seen. The binding is tight and straight. The maroon hardcover boards are also very good, clean with only a hint of shelf wear. Maroon boards have gold design and feature stamped Smithsonian Institute Washington seal on front cover. Gold title/series/author lettering along spine. Medium octavo size or 6.5" x 9.5" with 309 pages including index. This edition features rough cut page edges giving it a look of fine antique binding.
The Smithsonian Scientific Series was originally published in 1929 and consisted of 12 volumes. This is Volume 3 of the Series. The editor in chief was Charles Greeley Abbot, Secretary of the Smithsonian at the time. This edition title is; Minerals From Earth and Sky. The book is divided into two parts, Part One being The Story of Meteorites by George Merrill and Part Two, Gems and Gem Minerals by William Foshag.
Contents include in Part One; Intro and Historical, Phenomena Incidental to Fall, Areas of Distribution, Number Size Form, Composition and Structure, Names Classification, Whence Do They Come, Meteoric Iron.
Part Two contents; Intro, Crystals and Growth, Properties of Minerals, Kinds and Occurrence of Gem Minerals, Synthetic Gems, Collections and Collectors, Cutting of Gems. Over 50 plates occur in throughout both parts along with many text figures.
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