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Frank de Wit

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Re: 2020, Wilson, Fifty Years of What's New in Minerals
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2020, 10:10:50 AM »
I recently received a large box delivered to my home. It was heavy, with three large books inside. My set of Fifty Years of What’s New in Minerals had arrived. This set, comprised of 2 large volumes and and an index, is a compendium of What’s New in Minerals and Related Columns in the Mineralogical Record from 1970-2019. (I had no idea that "What’s New in Minerals" went that far back!) This compilation is an amazing feat by Tom Moore. Aside from the historical context and reference of having all these articles in one central publication, the index is a masterpiece. At 184 pages, the index was too large to include within the original books, and needed to be it’s own separate book. The index lists all minerals organized by localities from all the “What’s New in Minerals.” Browsing through some of the older articles in the first volume is a trip through mineralogical history. It is fascinating to see “new” discoveries that have now become mainstream, as well as some historical specimens. On page 177 in the first volume, there is a black and white photo of the famous {%Rhodochrosite%} “worm” on Pyrite from Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexico, belonging to Ken and Betty Roberts and displayed at 1979 Detroit show. This specimen was one of the highlight specimens at the Jim and Gail Spann collection display this year at the Tucson 2020 show. It is also interesting viewing photos of renowned mineral personalities in their younger years. On the same page as the above-referenced Rhodochrosite is a young and perky Dave Wilber smiling in front of his case of minerals at the 1974 Lincoln, Nebraska federation show. Seeing the history and developments of earlier shows in a different era is an experience you get going through the volumes. Many smaller shows and events are represented, before all the current mega shows have fully developed into the powerhouses they are today dominating the mineral showplace. I had the privilege of contributing both photos and articles in this compilation, and am honored to be part of this exciting and historical piece of work. I only wish I would have written more and taken more photos of shows in the earlier years that I had attended and had more information to provide. The 3-volume set is available and in-stock from the Mineralogical Record website. Wendell Wilson, editor-in-chief of the Mineralogical Record, told me that there are only 500 sets that were printed, and there isn't any additional printing planned. All those with an interest in mineral discoveries in the past 50 years and their history should take the opportunity to purchase this before it is too late.
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Re: 2020, Wilson, Fifty Years of What's New in Minerals
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2020, 10:09:18 AM »
Fifty Years of What's New in Minerals
by Editor: Wendell E. Wilson

What are the features that have made The Mineralogical Record so special over the last half-century? Certainly a major factor is the regular reporting on new mineral finds as they have reached the market. These reports form an unprecedented database for today’s collectors. Now, the Mineralogical Record has reprinted all of the “What’s New in Minerals” and related columns of the last 50 years in two massive hardcover volumes plus an Index volume, complete with the original illustrations. It can be thought of as a companion set to Tom Moore’s two-volume Compendium of Mineral Discoveries 1960-2015, published in 2017. Whereas the (unillustrated) Moore compendium summarized data from many different mineral journals and publications in that time period, this new reference work provides the full original text of The Mineralogical Record columns, including thousands of specimen photos, many in original full color (black & white for some of the earliest volumes).

Reading through these columns and looking at the specimens again is like a half-century historical tour through the hobby of mineral collecting and a chronological review of the minerals that came out of the ground every year. It reminds us of the excitement that accompanied those discoveries, and provides a great educational background for young collectors and people who are relatively new to the hobby. The learning curve is steep for aspiring connoisseurs, and this compilation is an invaluable resource of critical knowledge.

In serving the community of mineral collectors and mineralogists, The Mineralogical Record has reported regularly on new discoveries reaching the market ever since its first issue was published 50 years ago. Editor and Smithsonian curator John S. White wrote those first “What’s new in minerals?” reports, facilitated in part by his location in a museum where dealers routinely brought their best specimens seeking possible sales. He visited the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show as well, bringing back news of what was on offer there. Dealers and collectors sought him out to tell him of their discoveries, and he documented them for his readers, often with accompanying photos.

In 1976 the responsibility for reporting mineral market news passed to Wendell Wilson, who also established market columns for other reporters such as Bob Sullivan (“Letter from Europe”), William Pinch (“Rare Minerals Report”), William Panczner (“Notes from Mexico”), and Thomas Moore (“Notes from Germany”), with occasional guest columnists (especially George Robinson) helping out along the way. Michael (“Mick”) Cooper took over Bob Sullivan’s “Letter from Europe” column in 1992.

Tom Moore, returning in 1991 from a 14-year residency in Germany, began writing more American and European show reports, and was ultimately hired as a staff editor by The Mineralogical Record in 2001. Since that time he has been the principal author of market reports, with occasional help from Joseph Polityka, Wendell Wilson and others. Over the last half-century, 41 different authors have contributed to The Mineralogical Record’s unique body of reportage on the world mineral market—a record that now constitutes a highly important and useful historical repository of discoveries and provenance.

Status as an “illustrated specimen” is always good to know for minerals a collector owns or is considering for purchase. However, after 50 years of publication, many illustrated specimens have lost their provenance. Now that distinction, at least regarding the many specimens that have been pictured in the “What’s New in Minerals” columns, can easily be determined and regained.

THE INDEX: The challenge in utilizing such a massive compendium of columns and reports is: how do you find anything in over 2,000 pages? To answer that need, a 184-page index is included as a third volume, giving full access to all the published information. The Index provides access to every mention in this new compendium, by species and also by locality. When a specimen is found to have been illustrated, the owner may write to the Mineralogical Record and obtain an “Illustrated Specimen” label to go with it, indicating the volume, number and page of the illustration—a handsome addition to the specimen’s documentation.
https://mineralogicalrecord.com/bookdetail.asp?id=168

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2020, Wilson, Fifty Years of What's New in Minerals
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2020, 10:09:00 AM »
Wendell E. Wilson
Fifty Years of What's New in Minerals

Hardcover, 2130 pages
1 edition
Published by Mineralogical Record, Inc.
Dimensions 8.4 x 11.2 (inches)
2020
https://mineralogicalrecord.com/bookdetail.asp?id=168