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[Book] The Art of the Lapidary


#1

Does anyone have a copy of Francis J. Sperisen’s book “The Art
of the Lapidary” that they want to sell. It is of course out of
print and while I have requests out for a copy with several book
sellers they don’t offer much hope. I have been using a copy from
our State Library and I have to return it every so often. I fear
the day when it disappears.

In the thread that has been ongoing about synthetic gems this
one book has a great deal to say about identification and
classification of gems.

Ed Ward
Ward’s Stone Creations


#2

Ed,

Interloc, a clearing house of rare and unusual books, lists 28,
count 'em, copies of this book for sale ranging from $10 and up;
some are updated, some not. Find them at
http://daniel.interloc.com/ and search under the author’s last
name. No connection, I just use these folks a lot for
jewelry-related books and my husband uses them for his work in
historical research; both of us have been very satisfied every
time.

HTH,

Susan

C Gems

@C_Gems
http://www.pipeline.com/~schenoweth/


#3
Does anyone have a copy of Francis J. Sperisen's book "The Art
of the Lapidary" that they want to sell. 

For purchasing older books try http://www.abebooks.com I buy
alot of books from that site on jewelry-making and lapidary,
though you do have to be careful because some of them are WAY
overpriced. But, sometimes you can really get bargains. You can
search their database by title, author, subject or keywords. You
can also list what you need in a “wants” file. By the way, I
have offered less than some dealers were charging by making a
note as to my top price for a book in the “wants” file. Sometimes
that has saved me over 30% over a listed price. Terri


#4
Interloc, a clearing house of rare and unusual books, lists 28,
count 'em, copies of this book for sale ranging from $10 and up;
some are updated, some not.  

Thank you so much for sharing info about this site. I have also
wanted the book Ed mentioned. I went there this morning, found
the one I wanted, called and should have it within a few days. I
have also been looking for some other out of print books (non
jewelry related) and next week when I have more time I’ll look
around at Interloc.

Thanks to you and thanks to Ed for asking! Two problems solved
on Orchid. Wish I’d upgraded my computer three years ago so I
could have found Orchid earlier. Like others have said - I LOVE
this sight!!

Nancy

E-mail: @nbwidmer


#5

Thanks To all. Orchid is one of the best things going. I ordered
two copies of the book today. Ed Ward


#6

Ed, It is interesting that you mention Sperisen’s book. I did an
article In the June 1996 on the influence of Sperisen on
cutters working today. I have a copy of the book. He is truly
a seminal figure in american lapidary arts. Henry Hunt has
written two books on cutting that I believe are in print. Hunt
acknowledges Sperisen as his mentor. If you would like to read
my article:http://www.polygon.net/~rwwise. The article is
titled The New Cutters and The American…

Richard W. Wise


#7
I have been using a copy from our State Library and I
have to return it every so often. I fear the day when it
disappears.

G’Day Ed have a very, very naughty suggestion to make.

When I became interested in pond life many years ago (I did a
course in it) everyone who knew about such things told me about a
sort of ‘bible’ called Fresh Water Biology. I found a copy in
the University library and it lived up to the expectations, but
it was well out of print. I tried bookshops all over the world
to try and buy a copy with no result. In the end I actually
photocopied the whole book, getting in early, copying for an hour
then stopping. I don’t think anyone really knew what I was up
to. I carefully paid for every print I made, spreading the whole
thing over a week. I then had the thing properly and
professionally bound, and worked out eventually that It cost me
just a bit more than a secondhand copy one of the lecturers got
hold of about 5 years earlier. But I have never had any regrets -
especially as the young lady who bound it did it in exchange for
a nice ring and a pendant! But if you really can’t buy it who are
you defrauding?

Begone thou satanic emissary; thou leadest me into paths of
unrightousness. But I still have that book, and still refer to
it every now and then, so to hell with satan!

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