Title: The How and Why Wonder Book of Rocks and Minerals
Author: Nelson W. Hyler
Illustrator: Kenyon Shannon
Publisher: Transworld Publishers, Ltd.
Remarks: c.1967 reprint
Book Condition: Like New
Jacket Condition: N/A
Description: "In an age of rockets and missiles, the study of rocks and minerals is no less important — and in this colourful [book] we see why it is so important. We learn that our modern age of rockets would not even be possible without the minerals from the Earth's crust. Anyone who has ever picked up a rounded pebble, a curiously shaped rock or a sparkling gem and handled it with wonder knows the urge to collect. The chances are that almost everyone who has walked in a field, along a stream or in a park has pocketed a sample of rock or mineral to examine and enjoy later. What is it? How is it made? Is it valuable? This [book] helps to answer these questions. In addition, it tells how to start and […] organise a rock collection, and is a helpful guide for parents and children who want to study rocks [and minerals] together."
Following the convention of this wonderful series, there are beautiful full-colour and b&w illustrations throughout – many of which are full-page.
The book is in truly remarkable condition for a 45-year old paperback. The only defect is some slight discolouration on the front cover where an adhesive label once lived, else the covers are as new. Incredibly, the pages have resisted tanning and are in superb order: bright, crisp, and completely unmarked.
Although the copyright date is given as 1960, this is likely to be a reprint from c.1967, as a number of the titles listed on the rear weren't printed until then.
Measures 27.5 cm × 20.5 cm (11″ × 8.2″). Large 4to. 48 pp.