This high-quality trilingual book contains 208 pages and is rich of about 400 illustrations, maps and old documents.
Every species or group of mineral species are developed with explanations, anecdotes or historic references allowing a better understanding of the subject.
More than 1000 years of mining history are approached. Native silver, arsenic and arseniates, chalcopyrite, red sphalerite or still mineral bloomings of aragonite are some of the marvels which appear in the course of pages…
The photos of microscopic crystals allow to approach numerous species, rare for the main part.
The work ends by considerations in the notion of ‘mineralogical heritage’.