Terracotta Angel, c.1896
Watts Chapel, England

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We are frequently asked for advice on which books and publications contain the best information about labyrinths and mazes. The answer often depends on what kind of information one is seeking and how far into the depths of the labyrinthine library you are prepared to search...

This bibliography section lists many of the items in the Labyrinthos collection and will hopefully provide suggestions for both the general and specialised reader on a host of particular topics.

It is broken down into two sections - general reading and specialised sources - with links below leading to further pages with details of specific fields and topics. Between them they provide a selection to suit all tastes and levels of  interest.

General Reading

These pages list widely available books, mostly still in print or available through libraries or second-hand booksellers, that provide recommended reading for their coverage of many aspects of mazes and labyrinths, particularly suitable for newcomers and general background reading.

Recommended Introductions

Historical & Academic Studies

Spiritual & Practical Guides

Philosophical Studies

Folklore & Mythology

Children’s Books

Labyrinthine Literature

Mazes & Puzzles

Specialised Sources

These pages provide a more detailed listing of books, papers and articles for those looking to delve deeper into the history and distribution of labyrinths and mazes, researchers and students, etc. The majority of the items listed are in the Labyrinthos collection.


Historical Labyrinths & Mazes

Early Artefacts, Petroglyphs & Graffiti

Roman Labyrinths & Mosaics

Christian Church & Cathedral Labyrinths

Turf Labyrinths

Stone Labyrinths

Garden Labyrinths & Hedge Mazes

Labyrinths in India & Asia

Labyrinths in Southern Africa

Labyrinths in the American Southwest

Labyrinths in South America


Labyrinthos Bibliography