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, 2021

Painful earache.  Quick trip to walk in clinic. Antibiotics.  End of story.  Not quite. Dehydration, sepsis, acute renal failure, various system malfunctions.  All coupled with difficulty finding medical assistance on a holiday weekend.  If not for my family doctor and a fantastic staff  at Christus Saint Patrick hospital of Lake Charles, very likely a different outcome.  I am home now, back to work slowly, growing stronger every day.  It is good to be back at my desk again!

I will be available every day throughout the late fall and winter months. 

I am saving a record number of books from individuals who wish to have their books and minerals preserved for others to purchase later.  Thank you for putting your trust in me to do just that.  If you have collections to preserve also, please let me know.

The Company will start moving inventory to our new home base in Wyoming next Spring.  I will start packing up books in January.  The inventory will be split for quite some time.  I will ship your orders in the future, some items from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and some from Powell, Wyoming.  I will post on the website which catalogs have been moved.  I will move entire catalogs at one time. 

Please send your book, mineral, and fossil orders to me at:

Many new historical books have been added from the Arcadia Publishing Catalog for 2021.  The link to all of these publications is: 

These books are now listed in individual state catalogs also.  States included to date:  Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. 

For a list of all U.S. State Catalogs still available on this website click here:  United States Mining History & Geology


Two new historic catalogs of Tristate and Upper Mississippi Valley Lead and Zinc mining:

Tristate Pb-Zn Mining:  Lead and Zinc Mining in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri

Upper Mississippi Valley Zn-Pb Ore Deposits: Zinc and Lead Mining in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.  Recent additions this week have been made to this catalog  [today's date: 9/26/2021]

Your Satisfaction is guaranteed on all purchases!

Items I need:

1. Ore Deposit books, I need to find and purchase a complete mining library

2. Igneous books, I need to find and purchase a complete igneous library

3. Mineralogical Records, a complete set or individual volumes, excellent condition only

4. Mineralogy Books, old classics and/or recent publications

5. Trilobite or Ammonite books

6. Upscale minerals for purchase, trade, or consignment

7. A set of rock thin section microscope slides

Mel Schmidt, Owner

Links to catalogs of this website:

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Catalogs on this Website

Geology Books - all types

U. S. Geology

USBM Publications

USGS Publications

Ore Deposits

Paleontology Books

Mineralogical Record


Mineralogy Books

GSA DNAG Publications

Handbooks and Catalogs

Geological Association of Canada

Geological Society of London

Mining Handbooks

Mining History

Roadside Geology

Rock, Gem, and Mineral Books


Trails Illustrated Maps