The definitive photographic record of Southern Africa’s premier mineral-producing localities. During the past 40 years, Desmond Sacco has carefully assembles one of the finest collections of Southern African mineral specimens. This collection is acknowledged by experts to be one of the best in the world. Exceptional quality mineral specimens and aesthetic rarities are signature qualities. ‘One-of-a-kind’ specimens abound and there is such depth and variety that many individual species are represented by dozens of different examples.

Tsumeb forms the core of the collection, and for this reason 364 of the 616 mineral photographs are of  Tsumeb specimens. For the first time, this book illustrates all of the different varieties of many Tsumeb classics. For example, the many forms and colours of smithsonite, willemite, cerussite, calcite and others. There are 43 photographs of azurite, from almost all of the major azurite finds, 30 mimetites, 28 cerussites and many, many more.

This book is a benchmark publication for comparative purposes for other collections that contain southern African mineral specimens. It is a valuable African publication because it documents the finest minerals that Southern Africa has brought forth over the past several decades.


PART I – Introduction
Introductory chapters describe the collection, the philosophy and reason behind the book and a short biography. This text is supplemented by select photographs of Desmond Sacco, his family and his collection.

PART II – The Collection
Over six hundred colour photographs of the finest mineral specimens, including examples from:

Namibia: Tsumeb (364 specimens), Berg Aukas (26), Onganja (10), the Brandberg (18) and thirteen other localities. Republic of South Africa: The Kalahari Manganese field (110), Messina (4), Okiep copper mines (7) and five other localities. Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mozambique.

Book specifications

Weight: 2.5kg

Size: 305mm x 245 mm

Paper: Magno Silk 135 gsm

Binding: Hard cover with French-fold dust jacket

Page count: 408 pages

Print process: 5 colour ink process throughout

666 colour photographs of 30 featured localities

Photography: Bruce Cairncross

Written, designed and printed in South Africa to the most exacting quality control standards

Only 1,000 Copies printed!

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To place your order for a copy of The Desmond Sacco Collection please contact:

Ursula Coetzee
Private Bag X03
Northlands 2116

Tel: +27 011 770-6901
Fax: +27 011 268-6457


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