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Labyrinth books

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.

some of my books

Note for my English-speaking visitors
Because this website is originally a German one, most of the books below are German books.


Hermann Kernthe back sideHermann Kern: Labyrinthe

Designs and Meanings

5000 years presence of a prototype

In German

Prestel Verlag, München 1982, ISBN 3-7913-2096-3, € 24.95

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, versatile.

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 A. Velder.

The Bavarian Radio broadcasted in 1983 an interview with Hermann Kern about his book. You can read it here ... Link >


Jeff Sawardthe US editionJeff 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 and index.

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. Windthe back sideHerman 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.


The RediscoveringDr. Lauren ArtressDr. 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 ... Link >


Helen CurryHelen 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 thick.

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.


Sig LonegrenSig 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 CAN

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.


Helen Raphael SandsHelen Raphael Sands : Labyrinth

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 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.

website of John Bruno HareThe book is in the public domain in the United States, so you can read it at sacred-texts ... Link >


Jill K.H. Geoffrion 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 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 and Howard Loxton Adrian Fisher, Howard Loxton: Geheimnis des Labyrinths

An inter-active guide to the most fascinating labyrinths of the world

In German

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.


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