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The World’s Minerals

Today we are sharing several chromolithographic plates from Leonard J. Spencer’s The World’s Minerals. Published in London by W. & R. Chambers, this 1911 book included forty colored plates, twenty-one diagrams, and descriptive text for “116 species of the more common simple minerals.” The introductory chapter of the book explains that The Worlds Minerals is an attempt to “present in popular language an interesting and readable account of several kinds of minerals.” For each mineral, Spencer describes the defining physical characteristics and mineralogical make-up, and highlights any practical applications for use in the modern world. Spencer worked for the Mineral Department of The British Museum, and was editor of The Mineralogical Magazine.

We currently have eight plates available for sale, all of which can be viewed online or in our Georgetown DC gallery. Hope you enjoy!

Oxides (Quartz group). Plate 12.  1. Agate. 2,3. Jasper. 4. Hornstone. From "The World's Minerals" by J. Spencer. LINK.

Oxides (Quartz group). Plate 12. 1. Agate. 2, 3. Jasper. 4. Hornstone. From “The World’s Minerals” by Leonard J. Spencer. LINK.

Silicates. Plate 28. 1. Sodalite. 2. Lapis-lazuli. 3. Leucite. 4. Beryl. From "The World's Minerals" by J. Spencer. LINK.

Silicates. Plate 28. 1. Sodalite. 2. Lapis-lazuli. 3. Leucite. 4. Beryl. From “The World’s Minerals” by Leonard J. Spencer. LINK.

Haloids : Oxides. Plate 10. 1,2, Rock-salt. 3, Atacamite. 4,5, Opal. From "The World's Minerals" by J. Spencer. LINK.

Haloids: Oxides. Plate 10. 1, 2. Rock-salt. 3. Atacamite. 4, 5. Opal. From “The World’s Minerals” by Leonard J. Spencer. LINK.

Sulphides & Arsenides. Plate 6. 1. Niccolite. 2. & 3. Cinnabar. 4. Mispickel. From "The World's Minerals" by J. Spencer. LINK.

Sulphides & Arsenides. Plate 6. 1. Niccolite. 2, 3. Cinnabar. 4. Mispickel. From “The World’s Minerals” by Leonard J. Spencer. LINK.

Sulphur-Salts. Plate 8. 1, Platinum. 2-4, Gold. 5,6, Copper. From "The World's Minerals" by J. Spencer. LINK.

Sulphur-Salts. Plate 8.  1, 2. Copper-pyrites. 3. Smaltite. 4. Tetrahedrite. 5. Pyrargyrite. 6. Proustite. From “The World’s Minerals” by Leonard J. Spencer. LINK.

Metallic Elements. Plate 3. 1. Platinum. 2-4. Gold. 5-6. Copper. From "The World's Minerals" by J. Spencer. LINK.

Metallic Elements. Plate 3. 1. Platinum. 2-4. Gold. 5, 6. Copper. From “The World’s Minerals” by Leonard J. Spencer. LINK.

Carbonates. Plate 19.  1-2. Chessylite. 3-4. Malachite. From "The World's Minerals" by J. Spencer. LINK.

Carbonates. Plate 19. 1, 2. Chessylite. 3, 4. Malachite. From “The World’s Minerals” by Leonard J. Spencer. LINK.

Sulphates. Plate 20. 1-2. Barytes. 3. Anglesite. 4. Celestite. From "The World's Minerals" by J. Spencer. LINK.

Sulphates. Plate 20. 1, 2. Barytes. 3. Anglesite. 4. Celestite. From “The World’s Minerals” by Leonard J. Spencer. LINK.

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