Courtesy W.W. Norton

New from W.W. Norton's Architecture Books series, Stone Sampler is a comprehensive guide to 576 varieties of stone, including onyx, marble, limestone, travertine, and quartzite. Small and portable, the full-color book lists for each sample availability and quarrying location as well as technical properties like thermal expansion, water absorption, and tensile strength.

An introductory section provides further details about natural stone such as commercial classifications, methods of finishing and sourcing, and architectural uses.

A CD-ROM included with the book contains individual image files, in TIFF format, of all 576 samples.