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Lapidarium : the secret lives of stones  Cover Image Book Book

Lapidarium : the secret lives of stones / Hettie Judah ; illustrations by Nicky Pasterfield.

Judah, Hettie, (author.).


The earliest scientists ground and processed minerals in a centuries-long quest for a mythic stone that would prolong human life, Michelangelo climbed mountains in Tuscany searching for the sugar-white marble that would yield his scultpures. Catherine the Great wore the wealth of Russia stitched in gemstones onto the front of her bodices. Through the realms of art, myth, geology, philosophy, and power, the story of humanity can be told through the minerals and materials that have allowed us to evolve and create. From the Taiwanese national treasure known as the meat-shaped stone to Malta's prehistoric "fat lady" temples carved in globigerina limestone to the amethyst crystals still believed to have healing powers, Lapidarium is a jewel box of sixty far-flung stones and the stories that accompany them. Together, these stories explore how human culture has formed stone, and the roles stone has played in forming human culture. -- From back cover.

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  • ISBN: 9780143137412
  • ISBN: 0143137417
  • Physical Description: 335 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Stones and power -- Sacred stones -- Stones and stories -- Shape in stone -- Stone technology -- Living stones.
Subject: Precious stones > History.
Stone > History.
Precious stones > Social aspects.
Stone > Social aspects.

Available copies

  • 4 of 6 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Camden County Library.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Camden County Library District - Osage Beach 553.8 Judah (Text) 31320003910572 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 04/19/2023

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