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Catalogs on this Website
Geology Books - all types
Maps available on this website
Mineral, Rock, Gemstone
and Books; Mineral Specimens,
Lapidary and Faceting Rough
GSA DNAG Publications
Biographies and Autobiographies
Coal Geology and Mining
Colorado Scientific Society
Handbooks and Catalogs
Geological Association of Canada
Geological Society of London
Lake Superior Mining Institute
Metals and Polymer Books
Mineralogical Association of Canada
Rock, Gem, and Mineral Books
Trails Illustrated Maps
To place an order for any item on this website, send an e-mail with a list of the items you wish to purchase. About 95% of the orders are handled by e-mail.
Include any questions or concerns you have with the order. Additional ordering details are given below under ordering information.
If you prefer send a letter, or call me at the phone numbers listed on the bottom of this page. I am open for business generally from 10am to 8pm weekdays. We are located in the Central Time Zone (USA). I will usually reply to your orders or inquiries faster by email than by phone.
I normally reply to orders, questions, or inquiries within 24 hours (unless I am away from the office). Always check the top of the home page of the website for a message which I will leave when I am away on a trip or emergency.
Most items are one-of-a-kind and are sold on a first come, first serve basis. All orders are shipped promptly, usually within 24 hours to locations everywhere around the world. Credit card purchases will be shipped immediately upon verification of your credit information. If you are a repeat customer, please let me know of any changes to your shipping address, etc.
No catalog is ever perfectly accurate because inventory is changing daily. Items are being sold, deleted, and added every day.
Payment InformationWe accept all of the following:
Preferred payment methods must be using U.S. currency via:
2. Personal check drawn on a U.S. Bank
3. American Express
4. Master Card or Visa
6. Money Order or Cashier's Check (Drawn on Company like American Express or a U.S. Bank)
When ordering books
Send an e-mail listing the:
1) catalog you are ordering from
2) author and title
3) price of the book [It helps me a lot if you list the catalog name for the books you order]
When ordering minerals, rocks, or ore samples
Send an e-mail listing the:
1) specific mineral, rock, or ore samples
2) size (if applicable)
3) price of that item [if there is a price range, would you prefer a specimen from the upper, middle, or lower part of that range]
4) indicate the color preferred [if there is a choice].
Do you want a picture of what is being shipped so you can adjust the order prior to actual shipping? This in no way affects your 100% guarantee of satisfaction with your purchase.
When ordering fossil specimens
Send an e-mail listing the specimen by:
1) name of specimen
2) code number
3) price for the specimen.
If you prefer to order any of the above by letter, or phone, please provide the same information. Many customers e-mail their order and call with credit information. Most customers world-wide send everything in one or two consecutive e-mails or call via phone.
Most orders are shipped the same day the order is placed when using a credit card or PayPal. If you are a library located in the United States, please send a purchase order with your order. We no longer accept purchase orders from anywhere outside the United States.
Send your orders by e-mail, airmail, or by phone as indicated above. Purchases are easiest to handle if you use PayPal or a credit card: Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Credit Cards based on the Euro are not accepted at this time. If you wish to pay by check, it must be drawn on a U.S. Bank. International postal money orders are usually no problem for payment, but payment by credit card is simpler and much quicker. Postage charges are explained more completely below.
Send your orders by email, mail, or by phone as indicated above. If you make payment by check or money order, please add adequate postage. I will bill you for underpayments and credit you on account for over payments. An interest charge of 1.5% will be added each month for all unpaid balances.
All orders are shipped via the United States Postal Service, unless you prefer shipment via another carrier. I charge exact shipping costs whether your package is shipped through the post office, UPS, Fedex, or other means.
If your package has a value of $200US or more, I will add insurance to protect both you and me.
1 I will use whichever form of priority is least expensive. If your package is very lightweight, I will ship in a regular priority package. If your package weighs more than 4 lbs. and is going to a domestic address, we use flat rate priority priced at $ 11.
2 The range in postal rates is determined by the weight of your package and the distance it travels. Rates given above are for average shipments of 1 - 3 books of average weight.
3 Why no handling charge? I appreciate your order and am happy to include extra services at no charge.
All International shipments are now by airmail only. When your package is lightweight, first-class airmail is used. When shipping 2 - 4 small books, they will be shipped by priority mail. Packages over 8 kilos will be shipped in a flat rate priority box for the great rate of about $50 for most countries; $45 to Canada and Mexico. Lately, service by both UPS and FedEx has been quite good. I recently shipped an insured, 12.5 kilo package (3 day delivery) by UPS to Perth, Australia. It arrived in 3 days at a cost of $450. It spent about 6 days in customs. I shipped a package to Perth about 1 year earlier weighing 20 kilos for the same price. Rates are fluctuating almost daily now.
Abbreviations used on this website
cl = cloth (regular hardback)
cl = cloth (fine hardback version)
cl = cloth (exceptionally fine hardback version with elevated ribbing on spines of books and publications, extra gold leaf, etc.)
pb = paperback
vg = very good condition
ovg = otherwise very good
USGS = United States Geological Survey
PP = Professional Paper
B = Bulletin
C = Circular
IC = Information Circular
RI = Report of Investigation
OFR = Open File Report
USBM = United States Bureau of Mines
USPS = United States Postal Service
GPO = Government Printing Office
NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration
AIME = American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers
SEG = Society of Economic Geology
SEG2 = Society of Exploration Geophysics
AAPG = American Association of Petroleum Geologists
SME = Society of Mining Engineers
SEPM = Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists
AGU = American Geophysical Union
GSA = Geological Society of America
E&MJ = Engineering and Mining Journal
AIMM = Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
IAEA = International Atomic Energy Agency
AIG = Australian Institute of Geoscientists
AMF = Australian Mineral Foundation, Inc.
ME = Mining Engineering
Unique Numerical book descriptions used on this website
Most of the books we sell are new and are uncirculated. A classification of - 5 - does not mean that this is a book in poor condition. We do not stock books in poor quality or bad condition. Books with tears, water damage, etc. are discarded and are almost never stocked by this MS Book and Mineral Company. Normal wear should be expected for used books. If that wear is more than usual or the book has damage of some kind, it will be noted. If the wear is excessive, I will not sell the book or list it. A book with the classification of - 4 - has a major redeeming feature to find its way into this catalog. Some of our x-library books appear to have never been checked out. This numbering system is designed to give you a more complete, fast, but accurate, description of our books.
MS Book and Mineral Company is named after me, its founder and owner, Mel Schmidt.
I am interested in purchasing entire personal library collections in all
fields of geology, paleontology, mining, petroleum, metallurgy, mining
history, publications of the USGS, USBM, or the AEC. I also
specialize in international geological publications.
I also specialize in international geological publications.
Please contact me if you are ready to sell your collection. I will be able to place your books in the hands of people who need and will appreciate them.
If you have a source of high-grade minerals or ore samples please let me know.
While visiting this website, if you find a link that does not work, or you find an error of some kind, please send me an email concerning the problem. I appreciate hearing from visitors to this website.
Check back occasionally and check for news about the website and what I am up to each week. Just click the news link.
I have been in business at this location for 35 years. I have studied geology and collected rocks for most of my life. During the 1970's, I developed an interest in the history of mining and the exploration for new ore deposits. I have collected ore samples, mineral specimens, and rare and out-of-print books on historical mining sites for over 40 years. I am a retired University Professor and am now prepared to offer you the finest geology books, select minerals and ore specimens, and research grade fossils. All books are divided into their own specific catalogs.
My personal research interest is the mining history of the Western United States. I am currently writing comprehensive books on the history of mines and town sites in each of the Western States. If you have a similar interest or if you have pictures, mine records, data, or letters concerning any of the mines in the Western U.S. and are willing to share that information, I would like to hear from you. Please send me an e-mail or, better yet, give me a phone call. Yes, I have resumed writing a book on the Mines and Mining Districts of Colorado which takes a different approach to the subject.
The photograph above is of Red Mountain 2, San Juan Mountains, SW Colorado, USA.
Mailing Address: MS Book and Mineral Company, P.O. Box 6774, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70606 USA
Telephone: Office Phone: 337-478-0669
Cell Phone: 337-292-6154. Watch the top of the home page to know when I am traveling. When I am on a trip, only the cell phone will reach me. Leave a message using either phone and I will return your call.
Please call any weekday between the hours of 10am and 8pm CST. I am usually available on Saturdays during morning hours.
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[Paleontology Books] [Fossil Specimens] [Mineralogical Record]
[Minerals] [Mineralogy Books] [Petroleum] [International Geology]
[GSA DNAG Publications] [Uranium Studies] [AIME]
[Biographies and Autobiographies] [Circum-Pacific Catalog]
[Coal Geology and Mining] [Colorado Scientific Society Publications]
[Handbooks and Catalogs] [Geological Association of Canada]
[Mineralogical Association of Canada] [Geological Society of London]
[Lake Superior Mining Institute] [Metals and Polymer Books] [Military Books]
[Mining Companies] [Mining Handbooks] [Mining History] [Railroad Books] [Roadside Geology] [Rock, Gem, and Mineral Books] [Rockhounding]
[Space Books] [Trails Illustrated Maps] [Mineral, Rock, Gemstone Books; Mineral Specimens, Lapidary and Faceting Rough]