Robbing the Sparry Garniture:  A 200-Year History of British Mineral Dealers
Softcover, 358 pages
edition, 2007
Published by The Mineralogical Record
Dimensions 8.5 x 11 (inches)
Price $25.00 $10.00
Robbing the Sparry Garniture: A 200-Year History of British Mineral Dealers
by Michael P. Cooper

The serious mineral collector will be delighted with Robbing the Sparry Garniture, and the fascinating background information provided about the classic mineral specimens found in Britain long ago, and how these discoveries have played pivotal roles in the development of mineral collecting as we know it today.

Michael P. Cooper has done an amazing and unprecedented job of tracking down details of the careers of many colorful characters who served as the conduits between subterranean mineral specimens and the cabinets of collectors or museums. Cooper’s volume of research is stunning, and mineral collectors, curators and all who are interested in the history of the earth sciences owe him an enormous debt of gratitude.

By the time period dealt with in the book under review, Cornwall had become a cornucopia of fine mineral specimens, and it remained so until fairly recent times. Mick Cooper has rendered a great service for mineral collectors, curators, and others who are interested in learning about the fine minerals of Cornwall and the other famous and important mineral localities in Britain. There is an extensive literature on Cornish minerals, including several works which are among the rarest and most sought-after prizes among collectors of mineral books.

We are wildly enthusiastic about this most unusual and often highly entertaining book. Our advice to any serious mineral collector is that if you buy only one mineral book this year, you will be happier and certainly learn more in a very enjoyable way with Sparry Garniture.