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This major reference work, written in 1910, offers very detailed information on the appearance and qualities of the types of stone being used at the time, including granite, sandstones, limestones and other lesser known building stones. It also covers stone decay, in particular the problems of pollution, frost and organic growth in the breakdown of stone.
Introductory; Table of strata; Minerals; Igneous rocks - granite; Igneous rocks other than granite; Sandstones and grits; Limestones; Slates and other fissile rocks; Miscellaneous building stones; The decay of building stone; The testing of building stones; Mohs's scale of hardness; Appendices: Granite quarries; Classified list of larger sandstone quarries; Classified list of larger limestone quarries; List of chief slate quarries; Some useful books; Index.
John Allen Howe O.B.E. started his career as a field geologist, first at the Royal College of Science in London, and then with the Geological Survey of Great Britain. However, his preference was for applied geology rather than fundamental research. In 1902 he became curator and librarian of the Museum of Practical Geology, a post he held until 1920 when he was appointed assistant to the director of the Geological Survey, retiring in 1931.
- the only all-embracing text of its kind available on British (and Irish) building stones. Journal of Architectural Conservation