First time mineralogy student.. My book (textbook) fails miserably in the picture department, regarding some scratch test information (this book is not offering that information to the best of my knowledge!) and for descriptive ability..
I am halfway through the semester, and have bought several additional books looking for one that can help me pick my way through this course..
This one is very good. It's not perfect, doesn't offer all the varieties in color pictures, not even the ones described within, but it provides a noteworthy number, has excellent tables, and explains things fairly well.. Better than my 130 dollar used textbook, and I would also like to note that the refracting spectrum ? I obviously still have a long way to go lol) is better than any I have so far seen. The colors are portrayed much, much better, there's actually a discernible difference between the three or four levels and I'm impressed with that.. speaks well of the printer they used.
I recommend it to my classmates.. Evidently it's the unmentioned optional lab manual to the class lol..
I think it's fabulous.. better than most of the reference works I've seen in the past several months.