VSANA Library of Stone Appreciation Books

Book reviews in the VSANA Library of Stone Appreciation are intended to give readers an indication of the wide range of books available, primarily on Asian stone appreciation, but also on Western stones. Additional reviews are added to this site each month. They are presented in the country where they are produced. Unfortunately, some of the books are out of print and difficult to obtain.

The VSANA Library currently consists of three parts—the Featured Book Review of the Month, the VSANA Library, and Buy Books.

• Feature Book Review features monthly one of the more important books published in field of stone


• VSANA library contains over 150 reviews in nine languages. The reviews are intended to give readers

     an indication of the wide range of books available on stone appreciation published globally.

• Buy Books is a new feature to guide our readers who may wish to purchase a book from reliable sources.

Featured Book Review

Dali Bai Autonomous Province District Record Compiling Committee, 2014.

Dali Stone Catalogue (Dali Shipu).

Yunnan Ethnic Publishing Company, Kunming. ISBN: 978-7-5367-6337-1/T. 328 pp. 45 RMB when published

The Dali Stone Catalogue is an important addition to the extensive record of literature on this stone. It is a comprehensive account of Dali marble obtained from the Cangshan in Yunnan Province in southwestern China. This volume provides early accounts of Dali marble beginning with the Sui and Tang dynasties and continuing to the present. This marble was used for monuments in the Yuan dynasty and later as ornamental pieces in the Ming dynasty. The committee documents the improvements to processing and polishing Dali marble first implemented in 1956. This led to an expansion of the use of Dali marble as a decorative item and in certain types of furniture.

Dali Stone Catalogue is filled with useful information that cannot be readily found elsewhere. This is the strength of this book. It is not a photobook of impressive and beautiful pieces of this marble. This is a softbound volume with a very reasonable price.

Rating: Excellent, a valuable reference for anyone interested in this stone.




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