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.

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Featured Book Review

Lai Renji. 2016.

China Kun Stones

Geology Publishing Company, Longyan City, Fujian province. 225 pp. ISBN: 978-7-116-09620-2. 398 RMB when published.

Collectors of traditional Chinese stones will be delighted to see this new book on one of China’s most famous stones—Kun from Jiangsu province. These delicate and intricate stones, actually mineral formations, were listed in Du Wan’s Yulin Shipu (Stone Catalog of Cloudy Forest) published between 1126 and 1130 CE. Now, we have a volume that assembles much of the information about these stones, their collectors, and poems written about these stones.

China Kun Stones opens with a summary of these stones followed by an introduction to the major serious collectors of these stones. This work is generously illustrated with excellent sharp photographs that show the details in each stone. A complete range of the different variations of Kun stones are illustrated in the volume, making it the most comprehensive set of photographs published to date. The editor of this book devoted a section of the book to older poems that had been publish centuries earlier to illustrate the historical importance of these stones. The editor concludes the book with numerous photographs taken at various stone exhibitions and festivals throughout China where Kun stones were displayed. This is a valuable contribution by one of China’s leading Kun stone collectors.

Rating: Excellent, the most comprehensive work on these stones to date. Non-Chinese readers can learn much about these stones from the numerous photographs.



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