The book provides a broad overview of the geology of the English Midlands, and the mineral deposits which occur in the area.
The bulk of the book is a county by county account of key localities, in varying detail, according to their relative importance, both economic, and in terms of fine mineral specimens.The area covered embraces Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.
This is followed by a review of historical collectors and collections, together with the activities of mineral dealers. A concluding chapter briefly mentions the various decorative stones associated with the area – Blue John, Alabaster, Ashford Black Marble etc.
This will be a substantial volume – estimated at over 400 pages, and featuring more than 900 specially taken images of minerals, localities etc. The book will be portrait format 276 mm high x 218 mm wide to match the style of other British regional mineralogies, and my previous book Crystal Mountains – Minerals of the Cairngorms.
Anticipated publication – Autumn 2018
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17 July 2018 – Two weeks into the layout and typesetting we’ve now processed about 90,000 words and 441 pictures! This means that the Introduction, Geology, Mineral Deposits, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Gloucestershire pages are now laid out, and it is looking good!
My current estimate of around 400 pages for the final book still looks to be about right.
I posted a short piece on Mindat today to start letting people know the book is coming.
I am just back from our excellent local print shop
http://www.bromsgroveprinting.co.uk/ with laser page proofs of the first 180 typeset pages – wow!
Worth a “Tweet” I thought https://twitter.com/roy_mineral?lang=en-gb
We’ll be back at the Apple Mac tomorrow pounding the Quark Express keys – meanwhile here’s a neat little specimen of baryte from Dirtlow Rake, near Castleton, Derbyshire – Enjoy!
Please check back regularly for further updates as the project progresses.