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General Reading - Recommended Introductions

The following titles are particularly recommended as general introductions to the diverse subject of labyrinths and mazes:

Magical Paths - Labyrinths & Mazes in the 21st Century

Jeff Saward
Mitchell Beazley, London, 2002. Published in French language as "Labyrinthes" by Flammarion, 2003.

An illustrated study of the current resurgence of mazes and labyrinths around the world, with a potted history and many beautiful photographs.

Mazes - Ancient & Modern

Robert Field
Tarquin Publications, Diss, England, 1999.

Colourful introductory booklet on mazes and labyrinths, with good coverage of Roman mosaics and UK labyrinths.

The Unending Mystery - a Journey through Labyrinths and Mazes

David Willis McCullough
Anchor Books, New York, 2005.

Delightful to read and packed with solid information, one of the best introductions to both the historical and modern world of labyrinths and mazes available.

Labyrinths for the Spirit

Jim Buchanan
Gaia, London, 2007.

Colourful introduction to labyrinths with a wealth of practical ideas and information for creating labyrinths, large and small.

Labyrinths - The Art of the Maze

Franco Maria Ricci
Rizzoli, New York, 2013.

Lavish large-format art book containing text and essays by various authors, illustrated with glorious full-page plates of many historical labyrinths and mazes from around Europe.

The Art of the Maze

Adrian Fisher & Georg Gerster
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1990. Reprinted by Seven Dials, London, 2000. Published in the USA as "Labyrinth - Solving the Riddle of the Maze" by Harmony Books, 1990.

Well-illustrated guide to mazes and labyrinths worldwide, with good detail of Adrian Fisher and Randoll Coate's early works and splendid aerial photography by Georg Gerster.

The Amazing Book of Mazes

Adrian Fisher
Thames & Hudson, London, 2006.

Beautifully illustrated guide to mazes and labyrinths worldwide, with good detail of Adrian Fisher's installations from around the world.

Labyrinths & Mazes

Jürgen Hohmuth
Prestel, New York, London & Munich, 2003. Published in German language as "Labyrinthe & Irrgärten."

Lavishly illustrated, large format picture book, with text contributions by various writers, featuring many Jürgen Hohmuth's remarkable photographs taken with a radio controlled balloon. A visual labyrinthine feast!

Labyrinths - Ancient Paths of Wisdom and Peace

Virginia Westbury
Lansdowne Publishing, Sydney, Australia, 2001.

Well illustrated introduction to the labyrinth revival, with insight into the characters and reasons behind it all and a useful guide to the best labyrinths to visit worldwide.

Das Labyrinth - oder Die Kunst zu Wandeln

Ilse M. Seifried
Haymon, Innsbruck, Austria, 2002.

Nicely illustrated German-language study of the modern labyrinth revival, with contributions from a number of artists and labyrinth builders currently active within the field.

Die Faszination der Labyrinth

Gernot Candolini
Kösel, Munich, Germany, 2004.

German-language introduction to labyrinths and mazes, with plenty of practical advice on constructing labyrinth, a catalogue of labyrinths in German speaking Europe and full page labyrinth and maze designs designed for copying for creative projects.

Das Geheimnisvolle Labyrinth

Gernot Candolini
Pattloch, Augsburg, Germany, 1999.

Well-illustrated German-language study of labyrinths, ancient and modern.

El Laberinto - Historia y Mito

Marcos Méndez Filesi
Alba, Barcelona, Spain, 2009.

Comprehensive and up to date, this paperback is a solid and concise Spanish-language guide to the history and mythology of labyrinths and mazes, with good coverage of those in the Iberian peninsula.