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GeneralPegmatite publications

7th Nov 2019 16:35 UTCJobe Giles

I’m looking for a couple pegmatite books to study, the cost for the two pegmatite books I’m looking for range in the $200-$400 range and that is just cost prohibitive. Does anyone have recommendations of where to borrow or rent these out of print books? 

7th Nov 2019 16:49 UTCKevin Conroy Expert

I like this site for all of my book needs:


Be sure to click the "Special" box at the bottom of the form before you do a search.   The "classic search display" will allow you to easily compare the prices of the book(s) from various vendors.

7th Nov 2019 17:05 UTCKevin Conroy Expert

I neglected to address the "borrow or rent" portion of your question.   I like this site: 
In the search box you can put the title, author, or even just keywords (like "pegmatite").   The more information that you ask for, the more refined results you'll get.

In the search results click on a book link.   On the resulting page you can put your zip code into the "Find a copy in the library box".   Sometimes this works well, sometimes not.

You can also look for a title on your favorite search engine, Google for instance, and be sure to include "ebook" in the query.   Sometimes you can find a copy online to read.

8th Nov 2019 19:42 UTCJobe Giles

Thank you Kevin! Found one nearby at a UC campus. 

7th Nov 2019 17:54 UTCDavid Carter

Should you be unsuccessful finding copies to borrow or rent, another option is to make an offer on the ones that are available to buy. Be it private sale, marketplace or shop everyone is open to a haggle and the worst that could happen is you get told no!

7th Nov 2019 23:43 UTCTony Albini

Jobe, I assume you are talking about granite pegmatites.  The best book I have read so far is Pegmatites by David London published by The Canadian Mineralogist, Special Publication 10,
 C. 2008, Mineralogical Association of Canada.  Very detailed, took me time to read it but worth it.  I studied numerous granite pegmatites in New England, primarily Connecticut when I lived there. You may  find used copies on the internet.  New, I think the price was $135.00 U. S. Check to see if any are available. 

7th Nov 2019 23:51 UTCScott Rider

I saw this book in Amazon for $300...  I did not see any other places to buy that one unfortunately.

8th Nov 2019 01:50 UTCPaul Brandes Manager

You can pick up a new copy of Pegmatites from the Mineralogical Society of America for $125. If you're a member of MSA, you can get an additional 25% off the list price.

8th Nov 2019 19:43 UTCJobe Giles

Tony, that’s great information! Certainly make me feel more inclined to spend the money for it rather than borrow/rent one. 

8th Nov 2019 19:44 UTCJobe Giles

Paul, that’s good to know, there are many benefits to joining that organization, I have been contemplating it for a while. 

8th Nov 2019 10:15 UTCDavid Von Bargen Manager

You could go old school with it and see if the local library could get it for you on interlibrary loan.

8th Nov 2019 19:43 UTCJobe Giles

I will try that as well! 
 
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