The information on this topic is complete by highly competent authors. The paperback is printed in Singapore and the black and white printing is rather poor quality. Color photos are okay. This pub. is relatively inexpensive so you get what you pay for. However if the theory, info, and average quality photos are all you need-go for it.
You will never look at rocks the same after reading this book. Mr. Yoshimura and Dr. Covello provide all the basics of viewing stone development, preparation and appreciation. All material is well-written and presented in an easy-to-understand method that makes one want to begin this art immediately.
I am very disappointed and angry that a book published in 1984 by Vincent T. Covello and Yuji Yoshimura as co authors should now, since Mr Yoshimura has died and cannot comment, is describing Mr Yoshimura as a mere contributor. We all know that the Yoshimura name sold the book!