Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Mineral Book Advertising Prospectus

Mineral collectors and mineral dealers are always looking for ways to showcase their specimens to the mineral public. One way to achieve this promotion is through illustrated articles in magazines and books. Unfortunately, the limited scope of most such publications means that only a few specimens qualify for any particular article/book. It is increasingly apparent that there is a need for a venue to promote mineral specimens in a general format. This prospectus proposes to offer the opportunity to have full-color, full-page images of minerals with a comprehensive description published in a hard cover sewn-binding book. The working title is: Nature’s Garden of Crystals. Subscriptions for submitting images of one’s choice to this book are $3,500. Each subscriber could submit  15 images of their choice, ranging from highly competitive display specimens to unusual locality minerals or any other mineral/gem photos they wish. The final number of images that can be accommodated per subscription depends on the actual production costs, but a double subscription would be entitled to twice the number of photographs of their specimens in the book. Each subscriber would receive 50 copies of the book at no extra cost. The main requirements are that the images would be large enough in size to support 350 dpi printing, be sharply in focus, photographed on appropriate featureless backgrounds (gray, black, or white preferred), etc. A custom designed specimen label will be printed to accompany every illustrated specimen.

The proposed book will be hard-bound with laminated cover. It will have full-color interior, glossy paper, and will be about 120-140 pages in length. The captions will be written by me and will summarize the interesting features of the specimen, including short comments about the history and occurrence of the specimen. The quality of the printing will be equal to the 2009 book, Maine Feldspar, Families, and Feuds which has been favorably reviewed. (Q.V. reviews blog)

The book will be printed and available before the Munich Mineral Show of October, 2010.

Van King has been a life-long mineral collector and author. His first publication was in 1967 and since that time he has written, co-authored, or edited 18 books ( and over 225 articles. His most recent book is Maine Feldspar, Families, and Feuds, although Collectors' Guide to Granite Pegmatites will be out in late summer 2010. Van has geology degrees from the University of Maine and the State University of New York with specialties in mineralogy and geochemistry. Although he is currently a consulting mineralogist, he started his professional career as the 7th mineralogist for Ward’s Natural Science Establishment in Rochester, New York, succeeding Henry A. Ward and George Letchworth English. He is currently a management level editor for the internet mineral database, Mindat.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Books by, co-authored by, ________________or edited by Vandall T. King

1973  Donald Morrison, Joan Acord, William Acord, Rupert Aldrich, Gordon Hewes, Terry Hewes, Donald L. Joyner, Vandall T. King, Deborah Morrison, Stanley I. Perham, Ralph Spencer, Sarah Spencer, Katie Tamminen, Nestor Tamminen, Guidebook I to Mineral Collecting in the Maine Pegmatite Belt, Federation of Maine Mineral and Gem Clubs, pp. 22 (reprinted 1974, 1976, 1979, 1983).

1975 King, Vandall T. and Bruce Nelson, Guidebook to Geologic and Beach Features of the Rachel Carson Salt Pond Area, New Harbor, Maine, Maine Sea Grant Bulletin #10, pp. 16.

1980 Distribution of Alkali and Alkaline-Earth Elements in a Newry, Maine Pegmatite, privately published, Rochester, New York, pp. 131.

1988 (Woodrow B. Thompson, Donald L. Joyner, Raymond G. Woodman, and King, Vandall T.) A Collector's Guidebook to Maine Minerals, Maine Geological Survey, Augusta, Maine, pp. 110.

1989 (Currier, Rock Henry and King, Vandall T.) The World's Most Incredible Mineral Specimens, Jewel Tunnel Press, Arcadia, California, pp. 73.

1991 (Woodrow B. Thompson, Donald L. Joyner, Raymond G. Woodman, and King, Vandall T.) A Collector's Guidebook to Maine Minerals, second edition, Maine Geological Survey, Augusta, Maine, pp. 104.

1993 Critical [Mineral] Areas Program. Preliminary Report to Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Rochester Academy of Science, Rochester, NY, pp. 42.

1995 (King, Vandall T. and Eugene E. Foord) Mineralogy of Maine, volume 1, Descriptive Mineralogy, Maine Geological Survey, Augusta, Maine, pp. 418 + 88 plates [1994 on title page].

1997 (Gaines, Richard, Catherine Skinner, Eugene Foord, Abraham Rosensweig; Brian Mason, and
Vandall T. King), Dana's New Mineralogy [System], eighth edition, Wiley Interscience, NY, NY, pp. 1819.

1998 (Woodrow B. Thompson, Donald L. Joyner, Raymond G. Woodman, and Vandall T. King) A Collector's Guidebook to Maine Minerals, third edition, Maine Geological Survey, Augusta, Maine.

2000 Mineralogy of Maine, volume 2, Mining History, Gems, and Geology, Maine Geological Survey, Augusta, Maine, pp. 524.

2002 Charles Palache Gossan Minerals Lecture audio book, 2 CD set, Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg, NJ.

2002 Charles Palache Gossan Minerals ebook, CD, Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg, NJ.

2003 (Vandall King and Linda Morgan) Rochester Prevention and Resilience Project, Unity Health System, Rochester, NY, ebook CD.

2005 (Contributing Editor: Vandall T. King), Minerals and Their Localities, Granite Press, Prague, Czech Republic, pp. 807.

2009 Maine Feldspar, Families, and Feuds, New England Historical Publications, Boston, MA, pp 300. (See cover illustration on left margin. Click for larger size image.)

2010 Collector's Guide to Granite Pegmatites, Schiffer Press.

2011 Nature's Garden of Crystals.

2012 Minerals of Oxford County, Maine - Western Section.

2013 Minerals After Dark. (in progress).

2013 Flowers of the Mineral Kingdom (in progress).