Diamonds [Kimberley and Its Diamond Mines]. With 24 Illustrations.
London and New York, Harper & Brothers, 1909. 11 cm x 17.5 cm. Frontispiece, XVI, 145 pages. 24 monchrome photographs on 24 plates, including frontispiece. Hardcover [publisher’s original red cloth] with gilt lettering and design on spine. Blindstamped design to front board. Blind stamp of ‘Harper’s Library of Living Thought’ embossed on back board. Deckled edging. Gilt top-edge. Very good- condition with only minor signs of external wear. Staining to front board. Interior bright and clean. [Harper’s Library of Living Thought].
Includes, for example, the following: Kimberley and Its Diamond Mines / Collecting the Gems / Boart, Carbonado, and Graphite / Physical, and Chemical Properties of the Diamond / The Natural Formation of the Diamond etc.
Sir William Crookes (1832 – 1919) was a prominent British chemist and physicist, who combined a sucessful scientific career with sucesses in business, journalism and writing. (Willam Brock, ‘William Crookes (1832-1919) and the Commercialization of Science.’).
This work is based on his lectures on diamonds at the Imperial Institute and Royal Institution following visits to the Kimberley diamond fields of South Africa in 1896 and 1905. (Wikipedia)