Tuesday, August 21, 2012

     Maine Feldspar Families and Feuds is a history of feldspar mining in Maine and a history of the mining communities and includes biographies of people who were the life-long participants. The book is filled with 548 photographic illustrations, newly drawn maps, etc. The binding is hard cover and the pages are sewn in signatures. Virtually all of the images have not been published before. Copies of Maine Feldspar, Families, and Feuds are available in selected Maine bookstores or from the author @ $19.95 and $4.95 shipping and packaging. Personal check or PayPal accepted. Credit cards may be processed at PayPal with payment to my email address or inquiries to: n e w r y q s @ g m a i l . c o m (Be sure to remove spaces between letters as the address is expanded for easier viewing and to prevent spam harvesters.)

Pocket beryl, Bumpus Quarry, Albany, Maine  6 cm tall.
Development dynamite blast at Crooker Quarry, Newry, Maine
West Paris, Maine 1892
Feldspar Mill, Topsham, Maine 1950s
Railroad station, Bethel, Maine 1940s
Porcelain kilns, East Liverpool, Ohio c1910
Route of the Portland Pipe Line, Waterford, Maine
Loading platform, Perham Quarry, February, 1926
West Paris Feldspar Mill, February, 1926
Mining at the Bumpus Quarry, Albany, Maine,1928
L-R Shavey Noyes, Tim Heath, Tig the dog, Noyes Mountain Quarry, Greenwood, Maine, c1900

Hanness Hakala, Mount Marie Quarry, Paris, Maine 1949

Snakehole shot to dynamite rocks

L-R Edwin, Ruth Ann, and Harlan Bumpus and their mining truck, 1920s

Togus Veteran's Hospital, c1905

Interior of West Paris Feldspar Mill, February 1926

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Returned from the Springfield Show and have had encouraging results. The commonly asked question is,"When do I have to sign up?" The short answer is, "The sooner you sign up, the more time you'll have to design and look over your layout." The long range answer is: "October". The book should be in the printer's hands by November.

Photo Hureaulite, Hagendorf Sud, Germany. FOV =  1 x 1 cm. Photo by Stephan Wolfsried.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Flowers of the Mineral Kingdom

Flowers of the Mineral Kingdom edited by Van King and Justin Zzyzx is entering the sales phase. Van's at the Springfield Show on Friday to see several prospective chapter authors. Brandy Zzyzx has designed a concept book cover. Of course, the actual cover will be of a mineral owned by one of the chapter authors. As the Madison Avenue advertising pundits would say: "The cover will vary." The front cover, back cover, frontispiece, and dedication page may be of interest to you. Be sure to see details at:





Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Books: including "Flowers of the Mineral Kingdom" are launched!

Flowers of the Mineral Kingdom is now in the works! Nature's Garden of Crystals was an instant success and many who did not know of its development have inquired if they could be in a similar book. The short answer is "Yes!" Details are found at




Mineralogy of Franklin and Ogdensburg, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA - a Photographic Celebration

Fund-raising is also started for a color-plate book about the minerals of Franklin and Ogdensburg, New Jersey to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the incorporation of the  Franklin Mineral Museum. Van King and peter Chin are the editors.

For over half a century, authors have contemplated this work, but have never succeeded. For much of its existence as a mineral collecting locality, it was the most species-rich locality in the world and it is still the second most prolific locality. Because of this area's species diversity, the book will be a daunting task. The book will feature images of every species found at the locality and the captions will discuss the characteristic associations from the various ones which are known. Fluorescent minerals will receive equal time. As many of the great specimens as possible will be included. This book will be published under the auspices of the Franklin Mineral Museum. Look for this one in 2014

The photo shows a white cahnite in the center with pink hodgkinsonite to the right while the red needle crystals on the drusy yellow andradite are pyrobelonite. FOV = 3 mm Photo by the author.