Precious Stones; A Book of Reference for Jewellers; (Illustrated). W. R. Cattelle.

Precious Stones; A Book of Reference for Jewellers; (Illustrated)

1908. Leather_bound. Clean, tight, 8vo, 224pp +19pp plates in back section. Front edge is rough cut, top edge is gilded. Gilt diamond painting on front cover. Gilt titles. Leather cover is in fairly funky condition with cracking at the spine gutter and bumped, scuffed tips. A 1/2" piece is missing fromthe spine covering at the bottom of the spine. Very nice marbelized pastedowns and ffe/bfes. Front hinge has been neatly reinforced with clear polyester repair tape. Rear hinge is still fully attached. Book would benefit from rebinding. Price reflects condition. Good to fair+ / None, as issued, Item #17287

Contains a general description of precious stones, a chapter on celebrated stones, superstitions about precious stones, prices {then} of precious stones, cutting, weights, artificial coloring, and then descriptions of many of the best known stones from Chrysolite to Tourmaline and dozens inbetween. Chapter on Matrix, stones seldom used as jewels, hardness and many more chapters of interesting information.

Price: $20.00

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