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2016, Hardcover
440 pages
Dimensions: 9 15/16x11 7/8
ISBN: 9781465453563
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GEM
The Definitive Visual Guide

English Language: English


We really like the concept and trademark DK layout of this 440-page hardcover. Sadly, execution and editorial are sorely lacking and the volume is laden with oversimplifications, misspellings, and factual errors so blatant that it is abundantly clear that, in spite of its being associated with the National Museum of Natural History, no knowledgeable individual spent even two hours red-lining this volume, particularly the mineral section, before it went to press. Readers who know the difference between tennantite and fluorite probably do not need the "Definitive Guide"; those who do not, need to avoid it. 

We purchased several cases of this unhappy volume for the shop, but after leafing through it can only think of a handful of people it is suitable for: It would be a hoot for collectors who enjoy "Find-the-Fault" puzzles and those demonstrating that you can't believe everything that you see in print (even if endorsed by the Smithsonian). And it make a super gift for an OCD collector whose buttons you enjoy pushing. If you want one, act fast because this "Gem" is going back to the publisher.











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