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

You Ruilin. 2009.

China Liuzhou Long River Stones.

China Culture Publishing Company. 291 pages. ISBN: 978-988-21931-3-O/Y. 688 RMB when published.

The longest river in China runs for over 3900 miles (6,300 km) from the Tibetian Plateau through extensive mountainous areas and across central China until it flows into the Pacific Ocean near Shanghai. It is known widely in western countries by its penjin name, Yangtze; however, in China it is known as the Long River. This river is fast-flowing and drops quickly in the upper reaches. As a result, millions of river cobbles are deposited along the banks and in rocky bars. They are variable and make a wide range of attractive viewing stones. The popularity of Long River stones has risen sharply over the last three decades.

This volume contains illustrations of over 800 different stones. It is divided into four major categories—image stones, letter stones, form stones, and other types. The image stone category is further subdivided into landscapes, figures, and animals. The foreword and postscript are in English and Chinese. Most of the stones are rounded, ovoid to ellipsoid in shape or nearly so. No mountain-shaped stones in this volume! Instead, there is an amazing array of color and pattern stones.

China Liuzhou Long River Stones is a high quality hardbound volume in a slip case. It is an important reference for stone connoisseurs specializing in Long River stones and for those interested in pattern stones.

Rating: Very Good, one of the best references for Long River Stones.





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