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Title: 2022, King, Mineralogy of Franklin and Sterling Hill
Post by: Frank de Wit on March 03, 2022, 03:45:58 PM
Van King et al.
Mineralogy of Franklin and Sterling Hill, Ogdensburg, New Jersey, USA

A Photographic Celebration
Franklin Mineral Museum (,5361.0.html) publication
ca. 1400 pp in 3 volumes
$150 for the 3 volume set

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Title: Re: 2022, King, Mineralogy of Franklin and Sterling Hill
Post by: Frank de Wit on March 03, 2022, 08:03:04 PM
New Books on the Mineralogy of Ogdensburg & Franklin, NJ
by Peter Chin, Member
The book is, for a lack of an appropriate word, a STUPENDIUM, 1400 page, 3 volume photographic compilation of the almost every known mineral species and more from Franklin and Sterling Hill. The mineralogy and geology of Franklin and Sterling Hill have been intensely studied and written about in hundreds of publications for about two centuries.
While commercial mining activities ceased decades ago, thousands, if not tens of thousands of mineral specimens, have been collected and scattered to the four corners of the Earth. A portion of Franklin and Sterling Hill mineralogical legacy has been fortunately preserved in the museums and private collections of the world. But, many mineral specimens, including type specimens, are locked away in drawers collecting dust. This book blows away some of that dust and reveals the significance and magnificence of the minerals from the two deposits.
Since at least the 1970s, efforts to produce a picture book of Franklin and Sterling Hill minerals have failed. That all changed when the Franklin Mineral Museum in 2012 initiated a photographic treatise of Franklin and Sterling Hill minerals book project. It was envisioned to be the photographic complement to Pete Dunn’s 1995 monograph, “Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey: The World’s Most Magnificent Mineral Deposits.” The project has since expanded to include new minerals discovered since the publication of the monograph, and thus updating it.
The project was backed financially by numerous donors, especially the Hauck family. A band of volunteers led by Van King worked tirelessly to bring the project to fruition, the successful culmination of a 9-year cooperative endeavor involving international institutions, universities, analytical services and individual collectors spanning two continents, North America and Europe.
The book is not merely a compendium of stunning photogenic mineral specimens, although there are quite a number of those in the book. It also serves as an important visual resource to aid in mineral species identification especially of rare species. To achieve this end, thousands of specimens and photographs including photomicrographs were carefully reviewed and then selected to best represent the species and as well to show important assemblages that contained them. To realize this objective, specimens, especially of rare species, had to be as accurately identified.
Van King and the editorial staff tried their best to avoid the rare species syndrome, “so rare as to be not on the rock” by selecting specimens of species with proven pedigree/provenance or confirmed by EDS, XRD, Raman, and EMP analyses and even in one case, synchrotron single crystal XRD. During the course of analytical work, species new to the deposit and at least one mineral new to science were discovered. In fact, scientific work is still ongoing on a number of unknowns identified and depicted in the book.
Distribution date for the three volume work is set for some time in January with tentative target price of $150 for the 3 volume set. To reserve and order your copy of this monumental work, please contact Van King at
Title: Re: 2022, King, Mineralogy of Franklin and Sterling Hill
Post by: Frank de Wit on March 27, 2022, 07:24:59 PM
Van King

Dear All,

I am actively selling the Mineralogy of Franklin and Ogdensburg, New Jersey. A Photographic Celebration. The Book is in three volumes and has 1400 pages with about 4500 images. With sales tax, insurance, and shipping, the books are $228.50 US delivered in the USA. Shipping to Canada is $75 extra US$. Worldwide shipping is $110 extra US. If PayPal is used, the buyer has to pay the PayPal fees. Send to or check in US funds to Vandall King, 104 Ashley Drive, Rochester, New York, USA 14620 There are about 30 sets of books remaining. 

All 125 known fluorescent minerals from the Franklin area are illustrated in multiple different specimens in both UV and white light. Of the 406 species verified from the Franklin area, 404 species are represented in multiple images. The average number of images is about 10 per species.

You may want to go to my home page on Facebook to see images from the book in my postings. There are five videos on youtube about the project: four were fundraisers showing some images and there is also a recent flip through video of the book on youtube:

Best Wishes, Van