My little personal library about labyrinths:
My "wisdom" and my knowledge are taken out of this books.
I want to thank the authors.
Paper is almost the best medium. The book is a wonderful medium
even in the ages of internet.
I like to advertise those books.
Note for my English-speaking
Because this website is originally a German one, most of the books below are
Designs and Meanings
5000 years presence of a prototype
Prestel Verlag, München 1982, ISBN 3-7913-2096-3, €
The book from 1999 has 492 pages with 666 illustrations in the
4th edition; the pocket-book is about 21 cm wide, 28 cm high and
3 cm thick.
The standard work about labyrinths, scientific, at great length,
This book is available in English too.
The title: Through the Labyrinth: Designs and
Meanings over 5,000 Years.
Edited by Robert Ferré and Jeff Saward. Translated from
the German by Abigail H. Clay with Sandra Burns Thomson and Kathrin
The Bavarian Radio broadcasted in
1983 an interview with Hermann Kern about his book. You can read
it here ... Link >
Saward: LABYRINTHS & MAZES
The Definitive Guide to Ancient & Modern Traditions (UK)
A Complete Guide to Magical Paths of the World (US)
UK: Gaia Books, London, 2003, ISBN 1-85675-183-X, £ 32.50
UK, € 50.00 Europe
US: Lark Books, New York, 2003, ISBN 1-57990-539-0, $ 27.00 USA
The hardback (UK) / paperback (US) has 224 pages with 400 colour
photographs and illustrations, maps, tables, bibliography, resources
Based on over 25 years of research, with the latest discoveries
and interpretations, plus many previously unseen colour photographs
and illustrations, this book is the comprehensive sourcebook, for
researchers, students and enthusiasts, experts and beginners alike.
Jeff Saward, a world authority on mazes and labyrinths, documents
their complex history from prehistory to modern times, explores
the eternal fascination of these magical patterns and pathways and
shows the diversity of labyrinths and mazes worldwide.
Herman G. Wind: Listening to the Labyrinths
Editor: Jeff Saward
F&N Eigen Beheer - Castricum, 2017, ISBN 978949254405 6
The book has 143 pages with 50 coloured figures, diagrams and 22 tables; hardcover; it is 17.5 cm wide, 24.5 cm high and 1.2 cm thick.
Herman G. Wind studied engineering at Delft University and obtained his Ph.D. at Cambridge University. In 1986 he became the first professor of a new faculty of Civil Engineering at Twente University in the Netherlands.
In his book he would like to investigate the "DNA" of the labyrinths and their meaning. He brings together the data about her distribution and dissemination in space and time in new tables. Thereby he wants to distinguish the different labyrinth structures and offers a beginning to the investigation of the historical and social motives for her origin and meaning.
For his essay he relies on the basic book about labyrinths of Hermann Kern and Penelope Reed Doob, complemented by newer information of Jeff Saward. Thus he can access the data of about 200 historical labyrinths.
A book for "advancers" and an impulse for other scientific works about the labyrinth.
Lauren Artress : WALKING A SACRED PATH
Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool
Riverhead Books , New York 1995, ISBN 1-57322-007-8, $ 13.00
US, $ 19.50 CAN, € 14.34
The paperback has 201 pages and a few graphics; and is about
11.5 cm wide, 20 cm high and 1.5 cm thick.
Dr. Lauren Artress from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco has
rediscovered the Chartres Labyrinth in France and made known as
a Spiritual Tool all over the world.
You can read excerpts from
her book on the website explorefaith.org ... Link >
Curry: The Way of the Labyrinth
A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life
PENGUIN COMPASS, Published by the Penguin Group 2000, ISBN 0-14-019617-X,
€ 16,07, $ 15, Can.$ 22
The paperback has 256 pages with black and white graphics
and some photos; and is about 19 cm wide, 19 cm high and 1.8 cm
Labyrinth expert Helen Curry shows how one can find serenity
and guidance by walking the labyrinth. The book includes meditations,
prayers, questions for enhancing walks, guidelines for ceremonies,
instructions and extensive resources.
Lonegren : Labyrinths
Ancient Myths & Modern Uses
Gothic Image Publications (GB), 1991, 1996, Sterling Publishing,
New York 2001, ISBN 0-8069-7407-9, € 12.13, $ 12.95 US, $ 18.95
The paperback has 160 pages with many drawings (mostly by Jeff
Saward), and is about 20 cm wide, 20 cm high and 1 cm thick.
Sig Lonegren is dowser, geomancer, labyrinth teacher and author.
He is writing about history and herstory, myths, sacred spaces,
energies, planets and rituals for our time.
Raphael Sands :
pathway to meditation and healing
Gaia Books Limited, London 2000, ISBN
1-85675-186-4, £ 12.99
The paperback has 112 pages with many drawings and colour photographs,
and is about 21 cm wide, 23 cm high and 0.8 cm thick.
Helen Raphael Sands has developed her path with the labyrinth
from her experiences as a teacher, poet, artist and dancer. Her
book invites us on a meditative journey, drawing on dance, music
and story-telling to help us discover joy at the centre of the
labyrinth and, ultimately, at the centre of our lives.
W.H. Matthews : Mazes & Labyrinths
Their history and development
Dover Publications, Inc., New York 1970, ISBN 0-486-22614-X,
$ 6.95 US
Republication of the work originally published by Longmans, Green
and Co. in London in 1922.
The paperback has 254 pages with 151 illustrations, and
is 13.7 cm wide, 21.5 cm high and 1.6 cm thick.
One of the first books in our times, a classic study of the
subject. It is still a good read with many facts and information.
book is in the public domain in the United States, so you can read
it at sacred-texts ... Link >
Jill Kimberley Hartwell Geoffrion :
Praying the Chartres Labyrinth
A pilgrim´s guide book
The Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, Ohio 2006, ISBN 13: 978-0-8298-1715-7,
ISBN 10: 0-8298-1715-8,
$ 24.00 USA, $ 29.00 CAN
The paperback has 157 pages with a lot of images, and is 15.4
cm wide, 15.2 cm high and 1.1 cm thick.
This book is meant to serve as a guide to pilgrimage, Chartres
Cathedral and the Chartres labyrinth as well as a journal in which
the pilgrim can record experiences and the spiritual significance
of these. Each page includes a poem that brings a relevant topic
into focus. Above it is a related image. Below it is a suggestion
of how to explore one's inner landscape as well as space in which
to get started
For the other books of Jill go to her website please ... Link >
Goran Susic and Vesna Radek: The Labyrinths of Tramuntana
... return to yourself and to Nature ...
Eko Centar Caput Insulae Beli, 2006, ISBN 953-7346-02-1
The booklet has 20 pages with photographs, graphics and
a map, and is 16.5 cm wide, 23 cm high and 0.2 cm thick.
A journey to the labyrinths and to one's own self.
Adrian Fisher, Howard Loxton: Geheimnis des Labyrinths
An inter-active guide to the most fascinating labyrinths of the
AT Verlag, Aarau/Schweiz 1998, ISBN 3-85502-640-8
The book has 96 pages with many coloured illustrations and photos;
the spiral binding with hard-cover is approximate 32 cm wide, 29
cm high and 2 cm thick.
A translated book, originally in English. A very nice book of
plates, also about mazes.
For more books go to the
next page please ...