Sourcebook of Decorative Stone: an Illustrated Identification Guide

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

By Monica T. Price
This volume is designed as a guide to 300 various kinds of ornamental stone used in public and private buildings as well as in various articles of furniture and the decorative arts. Geologist and science historian Price starts with an introduction about the history of decorative stones, minerals, igneous rocks, and metamorphic rocks, among other classifications. This is followed by chapters on the various stone groups, e.g., alabasters and travertines, various types of marble and limestone, volcanic rocks, quartz, and opal. Each stone description is accompanied by a detailed, beautifully reproduced photograph, a geological description, the major use of each stone type, a few paragraphs about where the stone was used in famous buildings, and the main characteristics of each stone. This extremely well-researched volume displays a wealth of knowledge on every aspect one could hope to know about each type of stone. (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: TN950 .P85 2007

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