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Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones of Southern Africa. A Collector's Guide

By Macintosh, E. K.

(Cape Town: Struik, 1983) 0869771418. 12mo; laminated pictorial boards; pp. 120, incl. index; colour photographs throughout. Boards ever so slightly rubbed; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "This practical handbook is a must for avid collectors as well as all with an interest in the geological treasures of this subcontinent. More than 160 of the more commonly found rocks and minerals are succinctly described and illustrated with 100 full colour photographs. Of special interest to 'rock-hounds' are notes on the locality of each mineral and an introduction to caring for and arranging your specimens." .

$8.60

Geological Survey. The Geology of Portion of the Coastal Belt near the Gamtoos Valley. Cape Province. An Explanation of Sheets Nos. 151 North and 151 South (Gamtoos River)

By Haughton, S.H., H.F. Frommurze and D.J.L. Visser

(Pretoria: Government Printer for the Department of Mines, 1937). 240 x 150 mm; side-stitched olive green wrappers; pp. 64; plates, figures (including folding map). A little foxing; museum library stamp and code to upper cover; archival tape strengthening to head of spine. Good condition. .

$13.23

Geological Survey. The Geology of Portion of the Country East of Steytlerville, Cape Province. An Explanation of Sheet 150 (Sundays River)

By Haughton, S.H.

(Pretoria: Government Printer for Department of Mines, 1935). With a chapter on underground water resources by H.F. Frommurze. 240 x 150 mm; original wrappers; pp. 44, three figures. Wrappers lightly soiled, with penned accession code to upper cover; silverfish attention to top fore-corner of title page; a little foxing. Good condition. Geological survey of the area around Jansenville, Steytlerville, Somerset East and Uitenhage. .

$9.92

Geological Journeys: A traveller's guide to South Africa's rocks and landforms

By Norman, Nick, & Gavin Whitfield

(Cape Town: Struik Nature, 2006) 0770070621. 239 x 175 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 318, incl. index; lavishly illustrated with full-colour artwork, photographs and maps. Wrappers a bit rubbed. Very good condition. "Geological Journeys: A traveller's guide to South Africa's rocks and landforms is an essential companion for car journeys. How often have we wondered about the jaunty tilt of a mountain ahead, the unusual patterns of a road cutting, the colour and texture of the roadside soil, or the purpose of a distant minehead? This handy volume offers answers and explanations about features along all the major routes across South Africa, and some of the lesser, but geologically interesting, routes too. Also included are the three main metropolitan areas - Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban - so that city residents can understand the geological features surrounding them. In simple language, and using familiar landmarks to pinpoint sites and subtle phenomena, the authors bring to light our rich geological heritage, its likely roots and often tumultuous history. Along the way, they also discuss the historical background, personalities and stories that bring the landscape to life. ... Whether you want to know more about your planned route, or use the book itself to direct your travels, this is an indispensable guide." .

$16.54

The Story of Earth & Life. A southern African perspective on a 4.6-billion-year journey
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The Story of Earth & Life. A southern African perspective on a 4.6-billion-year journey

By McCarthy, Terence, and Bruce Rubidge

(Cape Town: Struik, 2005) 1770071482. 240 x 172 mm; laminated pictorial wrappers; pp. 333; lavishly illustrated in full colour, with maps, diagrams, charts and photographs. Slight damp-ripple to extreme bottom fore-corner of initial leaves. Very good condition. "Geologically speaking, southern Africa is without equal, a treasure house of valuable minerals with a geological history dating back some 3 600 million years. In addition, the evolution of plants and animals, especially mammals and dinosaurs, is well preserved in the region, which also probably has the best record of the origin of modern man. This book provides a fascinating insight into that remarkable history: how southern Africa, and to some extent the world, came to be the way it is - how its mineral deposits formed, its life evolved and its landscape was shaped. Along the way readers will be enthralled by accounts of the Big Bang that marked the beginning of time and matter, by drifting and colliding continents, folding and fracturing of rocks, meteors colliding with the Earth, the time when Earth froze over, volcanic eruptions and the start of life." .

$13.23

Look Beyond the Wind

By Lehmann, Olga

(Johannesburg: Hans Merensky Holdings, 1989). Text facsimile of the Timmins edition of 1959. 8vo; original blue rexine, lettered in gilt on spine and upper cover; pp. 232, incl. index; plates. Faint browning to endpapers; merest trace of spotting to top edge. Near-fine condition. "South Africa's mineral wealth is one of her greatest blessings. From the gold mines of the Witwatersrand and the Free State to the diamond fields of Alexander Bay, the copper workings of Messina and the coal fields of Middelburg, the country's prosperity radiates from the nucleus of her mineral exploitations. It is therefore not surprising that the men, who, through their knowledge and skill, discovered this hidden wealth and set the huge wheels of industry in motion, should occupy an important place in the annals of our history. Dr. Hans Merensky is one of these men. It was not without reason that he was called The Wizard Geologist, for his geological discoveries rank amongst the most important not only in South Africa, but in the world. In the comparatively short space of twenty-six years, he was responsible for opening up important deposits of platinum, diamonds, chrome, vermiculite and phosphate, and the combined value of these deposits is astronomical" .

$19.85

A Glimpse of South Africa

By Taljaard, M. S.

(Stellenbosch: The University Publishers and Booksellers, 1949). 4to; original blue cloth, lettered in black on spine and upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (viii) + 226 + (i); plates; diagrams and cross-sections in text. Dustwrapper slightly tanned and edgeworn, with earlier owner's tape reinforcing to reverse; earlier owner's bookplate to front free endpaper; very occasional minor fox spot. Very good condition. "Nine journeys in the South African countryside are described and illustrated in this book of travel. Four of them are taken in the western, southern and eastern Cape Province, while the rest pass through the Orange Free State, the Transvaal, Natal and a small section of Mozambique Territory. An attempt is made throughout, to acquaint the reader with surface form and underlying rock structure and composition. The history of river sculpture is given close attention and the evolution of coastlines is often referred to in attempting to unravel the surface history of the Union of South Africa. In addition to 67 explanatory text figures, 122 full-plate scenic photographs serve to illustrate the text." .

$19.85

Tectonostratigraphic and Structural History of the Late Proterozoic-Early Palaeozoic Gariep Belt, Cape Province, South Africa. [Cover title reads: Gariep Excursion]

By Rogers, J. (editor), with Chris J. H. Hartnady and Mark W. von Veh (authors)

([Johannesburg]: Geological Society of South Africa, 1990). 210 x 147 mm; printed wrappers; pp. (vi) + 49; photographs, diagrams, tables and maps. Very good condition. "This excursion will focus on the Late Proterozoic Gariep Belt, an arcuate north-south trending tectonic unit that straddles the Orange River. The belt strikes out to sea in the Kleinzee area to the south, but is believed to link with the Saldanha Belt (Malmesbury Group) rocks of the southwestern Cape Province beneath the Mesozoic-Cenozoic deposits of the Cape continental shelf." .

$13.23

Olivine Melilitites and Associate Intrusives of the Southwestern Cape Province [Cover title reads: Olivine Melilitite Excursion Excursion]

By Gresse, P. G., et al (editors), with W. J. Viljoen, et al (authors)

([Johannesburg]: Geological Society of South Africa, 1990). 210 x 147 mm; printed wrappers; pp. (iv) + 60; photographs, diagrams, tables and maps. Slightly rubbed, with trace of browning; earlier owner's name and note penned on first page. Very good condition. "As the title indicates, this excursion focuses mainly on the volcanic and shallow-intrusive olivine-melilitite occurrences of the Robertson and Sutherland districts in the southwestern Cape. In age they span the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary. The route traverses the Cape Fold Belt and the lower portion of the main Karoo basin. An additional, but unrelated, feature of interest to volcanically-inclined geologists will be the interbedded volcaniclastic sediments of the early Permian Collingham Formation (Ecca Group), to be inspected in a roadcutting." .

$13.23

Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones of Southern Africa. A Collector's Guide
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Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones of Southern Africa. A Collector's Guide

By Macintosh, E. K.

(Cape Town: Struik, 1983) 0869771418. 12mo; laminated pictorial boards; pp. 120, incl. index; colour photographs throughout. Boards ever so slightly rubbed. Very good condition. "This practical handbook is a must for avid collectors as well as all with an interest in the geological treasures of this subcontinent. More than 160 of the more commonly found rocks and minerals are succinctly described and illustrated with 100 full colour photographs. Of special interest to 'rock-hounds' are notes on the locality of each mineral and an introduction to caring for and arranging your specimens." .

$8.60

Alex L. du Toit Memorial Lectures No. 8: Tectonic Patterns at Different Levels

By Wegmann, C. E.

(Johannesburg: The Geological Society of South Africa, 1963). Annexure to Volume LXVI. 240 x 178 mm; side-stitched printed card wrappers; pp. (ii) + 78; photographs and diagrams. Wrappers somewhat tanned; earlier owner's hand-stamp to upper cover; staples a little rusted; some foxing. Very good condition. .

$19.85

Alex L. du Toit Memorial Lectures No. 5: Observations Relating to Quaternary Environments in East and Southern Africa

By Cooke, H. B. S.

(Johannesburg: The Geological Society of South Africa, [1957]). Annexure to Volume LX. 240 x 185 mm; side-stitched printed card wrappers; pp. (ii) + 73; several tables, cross-sections and maps, incl. folding. Wrappers somewhat tanned; earlier owner's hand-stamp to upper cover; staples a little rusted. Very good condition. .

$16.54

Alex L. du Toit Memorial Lectures No. 2: Metamorphism and Granitisation

By Read, H. H.

(Johannesburg: The Geological Society of South Africa, [1951]). Annexure to Volume LIV. 243 x 185 mm; saddle-stitched printed card wrappers; pp. (ii) + 27. Wrappers somewhat tanned; earlier owner's hand-stamp to upper cover. Very good condition. .

$13.23

Alex L. du Toit Memorial Lectures No. 6: Sand - Its Origin, Transportation, Abrasion and Accumulation

By Kuenen, Ph. H.

(Johannesburg: The Geological Society of South Africa, 1959). Annexure to Volume LXII. 240 x 175 mm; side-stitched printed card wrappers; pp. (ii) + 33; plates. Wrappers somewhat tanned; trace of fishmothing, with earlier owner's hand-stamp and signature to upper cover; staples a little rusted; occasional fox spot. Good to very good condition. .

$13.23

Alex L. du Toit Memorial Lectures No. 17: The Evolution of Man in Africa: Was It a Consequence of Cainozoic Cooling?

By Brain, C. K.

(Johannesburg: The Geological Society of South Africa, 1981). Annexure to Volume LXXXIV. 297 x 210 mm; saddle-stitched printed card wrappers; pp. (ii) + 19; diagrams. Partial discoloration to slightly creased wrappers; some foxing. Very good condition. .

$16.54

Alex L. du Toit Memorial Lectures No. 14: Major Features of Crustal Evolution

By Cloud, Preston

(Johannesburg: The Geological Society of South Africa, 1976). Annexure to Volume LXXIX. 297 x 210 mm; saddle-stitched printed card wrappers; pp. (ii) + 33; charts. Trace of fishmothing to edges of wrappers; a little foxing. Very good condition. .

$13.23

Alex L. du Toit Memorial Lectures No. 4: Some Aspects of the Geomorphology of Central and Southern Africa

By Dixey, F.

(Johannesburg: The Geological Society of South Africa, [1955]). Annexure to Volume LVIII. 240 x 180 mm; side-stitched printed card wrappers; pp. (iv) + 58; several tables, cross-sections and maps, incl. folding. Wrappers somewhat tanned; earlier owner's hand-stamp to upper cover; staples a trifle rusted. Very good condition. .

$19.85

Alex L. du Toit Memorial Lectures No. 15: Evolution of the South Atlantic

By Simpson, E. S. W.

(Johannesburg: The Geological Society of South Africa, 1977). Annexure to Volume LXXX. 297 x 210 mm; saddle-stitched printed card wrappers; pp. (ii) + 15; maps; diagrams. A little foxing. Very good condition. .

$13.23

Alex L. du Toit Memorial Lectures No. 16: The Frequency of Mineral Deposits

By Skinner, Brian J.

(Johannesburg: The Geological Society of South Africa, 1979). Annexure to Volume LXXXII. 297 x 210 mm; saddle-stitched printed card wrappers; pp. (ii) + 12; tables; graphs. Earlier owner's initials penned on upper cover; small scuff to first leaf of lecture; a little foxing. Very good condition. .

$11.25

Alex L. du Toit Memorial Lectures No. 3: Gondwanaland and the Distribution of Early Reptiles

By Haughton, S. H.

(Johannesburg: The Geological Society of South Africa, [1953]). Annexure to Volume LVI. 240 x 183 mm; saddle-stitched printed card wrappers; pp. (ii) + 30; maps; tables, incl. folding. Wrappers somewhat tanned with trace of spotting; earlier owner's hand-stamp to upper cover. Very good condition. .

$19.85

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