The 98 books listed in this bibliography are taken from my personal library.
If you know of other books on labyrinths, please send me the relevant
information (email Robert).
Thanks. My brief descriptions are purely subjective. Each category represents
a link to a separate page. In parentheses are the number of books in each
category. This list is for information only. Except for the books published
by Labyrinth Enterprises, we do not sell labyrinth books.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: The whole list, with links
to the descriptions
Through the Labyrinth: Designs and Meaning Over 5,000 Years,
by Herman Kern
First published in German in 1982, this was the world's greatest compendium
on labyrinths for decades. In 2002 it was published in English and remains
the leading reference for scholars. Kern is quite opinionated, but well
Magical Paths: Labyrinths and Mazes in the 21st Century,
by Jeff Saward
Labyrinths and Mazes: A Complete Guide to Magical Paths of the World,
by Jeff Saward
Jeff Saward has now assumed the role of the world's greatest expert on
labyrinths. These two books comprise a modern full-color compendium on
labyrinths. Website: www.labyrinthos.net
Labyrinths: Ancient Myths and Modern Uses, by Sig Lonegren
This was the first book by an American author at the beginning of the
current labyrinth revival. The author investigates how labyrinths connect
us to the earth and each other. He goes back to pre-patriarchal times,
which he calls Herstory (rather than History). What he discusses about
the classical labyrinth and the planet Mercury may be the most important
discovery in any book on labyrinths, ever. Website: www.geomancy.org
Labyrinths: Ancient Paths of Wisdom and Peace, by Virginia
Written by an Australian journalist, this book has many astute observations
with regard to the labyrinth, including the author's take on Theseus and
the Minotaur. When this book came out, I called it a "mini-Kern."
Originally it was available only in Discovery Stores, but may now be more
The Spirituality of Mazes and Labyrinths, by Gailand MacQueen
I can't remember when I have enjoyed a book on labyrinths as much as this
one, especially the author's discussion of mazes within their cultural
and spiritual context. This book is well-informed and personal..The author
has no website, but can be contacted by email: email@example.com
Labyrinths and Mazes, by Jugen Hohmuth
Prestel is the publisher of the great Kern book (see above). Originally
they were going to have me write the ultimate labyrinth instruction book
as a companion volume. Instead, they opted for this book. I don't know
how much it adds to our understanding of labyrinths, but the photography
is quite stunning. The photographer used a camera on a small inflatable
dirigible on the end of a tether for close-up ariel shots, with striking
results. Nevertheless, I still think my book . . .
Mind-Boggling Mazes and Loopy Labyrinths, by Klaus Eid
This book is also published by Prestel, in English. It is a child's interactive
art book on the subject of labyrinths. Prestel is located in Munich, Germany.
They specialize in books on art and architecture, which they keep in print
a long time and distribute throughout the world. Their website is an interesting
Mazes and Labyrinths, by Nigel Pennick
Pennick was one of the first observers and commentators on the labyrinth
movement in ways which are still relevant. The author has been closely
identified with dowsing and geomancy and other subjects peripheral to
labyrinths. Thus, he comes to the subject with more depth than do some
of those involved only with labyrinths.
Mazes and Labyrinths: Their History and Development, by
W. H. Matthews
Written in the first third of the 20th century, this was the book most
quoted in the English world until Hermann Kern's book was translated.
Modern scholarship has surpassed Matthews, but this is still a classic.
Mazes and Labyrinths of the World, by Janet Bord
In this book, Bord took up where Matthews left off. Matthews and Bord
were among the first authors to document labyrnths. They have not aged
as gracefully as, say, Sig Lonegren's book, which was recently released
in a new edition.
Kids on the Path: School Labyrinth Guide, by Marge McCarthy
and Cheryl Andrews
Santa Fe has long beenthe leading edge of using labyrinths in schools.
This book is accopanied by a DVD, available from their website, www.LabyrinthResourceGroup.org.
The Amazing Book of Mazes, by Adrian Fisher
The latest colorful and interesting book by the world's greatest maze
maker. Contains both labyrinths and mazes.
Labyrinths for the Spirit: How to create your own labyrinths for
meditation and enlightenment, by Jim Buchanan
This is a very creative book filled with great ideas, written by an artist
famous for his huge landscape labyrinths. Ranging in scope from small
and simple to large and complex, it has something for everyone.