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KELLEY, Jay George.

(1838 – 1899)

(Born: 1838; Died: 1899) American mining engineer.

Biographical references: ABA: I 885, 1-2. Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography. WBI. Who Was Who in America.

1. English, 1899.
The Boy | Mineral Collectors | By | Jay G. Kelley, M.E. | [ornament] | Philadelphia | J.B. Lippincott Company | 1899.

8°: [1]-362 p., frontispiece (colored, showing mineral specimens). Page size: 188 x 120 mm.

Contents: [Frontispiece].; [1-2], Title page, verso "Copyright 1898, | ..."; [3], "Preface."; [4], Blank.; [5], "Contents."; [6], Blank.; 7-351, Text.; [352], Blank.; 353-362, "Index."

Very scarce. This juvenile work is a rather formal Victorian treatment of the hobby of mineral collecting in the form of a conversation between two Ohio boys visiting their uncle in Denver, Colorado. It is an entertaining read, giving a practical education in mining, minerals, and gemstones, with the additional colored frontispiece showing uncut jewels and minerals. A variety of subjects pertinent to mineralogy are covered in the 20 chapters.

Bibliographical references: Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993: no. 3352.