Book Reviews

KING OF THE HILL Gems: Their Sources, Description & Identification, 5th edition, by Robert Webster; revisions edited by Peter G. Read. 1995. 1,072 pages. $120. (JCK Data Center AU-052) To order call (617) 928-2500. During one of his rare visits to the United States, Robert Webster made a presentation at the Museum of Natural History in New York. His short, stocky build was accentuated by bulging pockets packed with copious notes in which he logged every old and new scrap of information about gems he could find. The result of his efforts -- Gems: Their Sources, Description & Identification -- set a standard that was unparalleled for its time. The content of the original two-volume set reflected a depth of reporting and understanding that made this work one of the most important references for anyone interested in gems. Surprisingly, this monumental undertaking, although refl

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