Rocks & Minerals was the tenth Golden Guide published. The first hardcover printing of Rocks & Minerals has the number 599 on the spine of the DJ and the book. © Copyright 1957 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. and Artists and Writers Guild, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. by Western Printing and Lithographing Company. The book has animal related endpapers and a pictorial cover. The dustjacket and title page states 400 Illustrations In Color. My copy has a C on the flap of the DJ. Price listed on flap is $2.50. Listed as a Golden Nature Guide. (not shown)
The first softcover edition of Rocks & Minerals was probably issued about the same time as the HC edition. Numbered 499 on the spine and cover. (shown as 499 : 100) Cover price is $1.00. Copyright 1957 by Simon & Schuster. Letter code C on page 160. (image #1)
The earliest Golden Press edition of Rocks & Minerals has no letter on the last page. Copyright 1957 by Golden Press, Inc. Everything else is the same as the Simon & Schuster edition, including the number 499 on the spine. (not shown)
The first number change to Rocks & Minerals has 24499 on the spine. Cover price is $1.00. Publishing date is still 1957. My copy has the letter N on the last page. (not shown)
A cover (text) change to Rocks & Minerals is shown next. Cover price is $1.95. Still has a copyright date of 1957. My copy has PP on page 160. Now listed as a Golden Guide on the cover and a Golden Nature Guide on the inside front cover.
A new completely cover was issued for Rocks & Minerals in the 1980's, even though the publishing date is still listed as 1957. No cover price listed. My copy has 3W 3X 3Y 3Z on page 160. ISBN 0-307-24499-7 on the back cover. This same cover was also used for two Field Guides. "Rocks and Minerals" and "Minerals of the World". (the two field guides are the same exact book.) (image #3)
A French version of Rocks & Minerals. is titled Roches et minéraux. © Golden Press, Inc., New York, 1957. Publié par les Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris, 1966. From the last page: Imprimé en Italie. The text and some illos for the first 12 pages has changed a little. Pages 156-157 have changed as well. The rest of the contents are identical. Part of the Le Petit Guide series. (image #4)
The next book shown on this page is the British version of Rocks & Minerals. Published by Paul Hamlyn Ltd. by arrangement with Golden Press, Inc. © 1957 Golden Press, Inc. Printed in Italy by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore - Verona. First published 1965. My copy is a reprint from 1966. The contents are the same as the French edition. (image #5)
The next book shown on this page is the Spanish version of Rocks & Minerals titled Reino Mineral. From the Copyright page- © Golden Press, Inc., New York, 1957. Publicado de acuerdo con Western Publishing International y por la lengua española por Ediciones Daimon, Manuel Tamayo, Barcelona, España, 1967. The contents are the same as the American edition. (image #6)
The next book shown on this page is the German version of Rocks & Minerals titled Steine und Mineralien. © 1957 by Golden Press, Inc., New York. © Delphin Verlag, Stuttgart und Zürich. Printed in Italy by O.G.A. Mondadori, Verona. Dated 1974. (shown as 8. Auflage 1974) The contents are the same as the French edition, except the text is in German. Bunte Delphin Bücherei Nr. 4.
The last book shown on this page is the Dutch version of Rocks & Minerals titled Gesteenten en Mineralen. © 1960 by Golden Press, Inc., New York. Alle rechten voorbehouden. Nederlandse uitgare: © 1961 by Zuid-Nederlandse Uitgeverij, N.V.,Antwerpen, geautoriseerd door Golden Press Inc., New York. Meulenhoff Natuurgidsen.
The first two covers shown were published in a large (5 ¼ by 7 ¾ inch) hardcover. Image #1 has the number 63502 on the back cover. Image #2 has the number 0-307-63502-3 on the back cover.
No Golden Press revised edition exists that I am aware of. Still in print by St. Martin's Press.