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:nel.jpg No copyright (public domain). According to south african laws.

Gert Cornelius Nel (1885-1950) published this book in 1946. It was the first book devoted to lithops. There are many B & W pictures and nice painted color plates although colour films were available at that time.

If this book is no as attractive as the books by Sprechman (1970) or by Desmond and Naureen Cole (1988 and 2005), this is because time goes on…

Right: plate 21A, Lithops kuibisensis.

The Gibbaeum Handbook

Uncertain copyright status (public domain according to South African and Russian laws; still under copyright according to publisher country)

3 years after Nel's death, this book was edited by P. G. Jordaan and E. W. Shurly. 117 pages with 7 painted plates and 50 B&W pictures and drawings.

Thanks to Ivan Boldyrev from Бердск (where is it?) and Viridis from Новосибирск (Where is it?) who prepared these files. If you are interested in Mesembs, you may visit Ivan's site either in English or in Russian.

Anybody who could help to solve the copyright problem and obtain an authorization is kindly invited to contact us

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