Bibliography: C


Calvin, William
How the Shaman Stole the Moon
Bantam, 1991

Keywords:
megaliths, archaeoastronomical observatories, prehistoric, Europe, North America

Comment:
Calvin playfully refers to this illustrated, easy-to-understand introduction to arcaheoastronomy as "a dozen ways of predicting eclipses -- those paleolithic strategies for winning fame and fortune by convincing people that you're (ahem) on speaking terms with whoever runs the heavens." Sites covered include Stonehenge, Avebury, and several Anasazi caves.


Carmichael, David L., ed.
Sacred Sites, Sacred Places
One World Archaeology series
Routledge, 1994
ISBN 0-415-09603-0


Ching, Francis D. K.
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order
Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979
illustrated
ISBN 0-442-21534-7 cloth, 0-442-21535-5 pbk

Keywords:
ratio, golden section, polygons, polyhedra, geometry in art-music-architecture, houses of worship, vernacular architetcure, ancient, medieval, renaissance, modern, world survey

Comment:
This book is considered to be the introductory book for students of architecture, and at many schools is the freshman text. It covers basic topics of architecture, using both exsisting structures and planned ones. The principles examined are applied to both acient works and modern structures. It offers many good drawings of various buildings. The text is light and easy, but their relation to the images fully develop the ideas. I recommend this book merely as a reference. PMN


Charpentier, Louis
The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral
English Translation by Sir Ronald Fraser
Research Into Lost Knowledge Organization, 1972

Keywords:
houses of worship, astro-calendrical devices, labyrinths, religion, religious iconography, number symbolism, medieval, Europe

Comment:
Describes the solar marker features and internal geometry of the building. CY


Chippindale, Christopher
Stonehenge Complete, revised edition
Thames and Hudson, 1983, 1994
266 illustrations
LC 93-61371
ISBN 0-500-27750-8

Keywords:
megaliths, archaeoastronomical observatories, symbolic landscaping, ley lines, metrology, myth, folklore, cosmology, occultism, sacred site tourism, prehistoric, Europe

Comment:
A lively scholarly catalogue of the numerous archaeological, archaeoastronomical, metrological, and metaphysical theories about the design of Stonehenge that have arisen over the years, with many valuable illustrations demonstrating the site's changing status as a focus for sacred site tourism during recent centuries. CY


Church, A. H.
On the Relation of Phyllotaxis to Mechanical Laws
Williams and Norgate, 1904
illustrated

Keywords:
natural proportion, patterns, ratio, golden section, spirals

Comment:
Scientifically develops the hypothesis that organic growth follows laws of natural geometry; uses measurements of plant growth to uncover golden section ratios. A companion to the works of Theodore Cook and D'Arcy Thompson. CY


Claudy, Carl H.
Introduction to Freemasonry
The Temple Publishers, 1931, 1947, 1958, [many other editions]
181 pp.

Keywords:
ratio, golden section, Pythagoras, geometry in art-music-architecture, houses of worship, vernacular architecture, funerary-cemetery-burial art, religion, myth, freemasonic symbolism, number symbolism, modern, Europe, North America

Comment:
Contains a useful primer on freemasonic symbolism for those wishing to understand freemasonic architecture, cemeteries, and landscape design. CY


Colman, Samuel
Nature's Harmonic Unity: A Treatise on Its Relation to Proportional Form
Putnam's, 1912; reprinted by Benjamin Blom, Inc, 1971

Keywords:
natural proportion, ratio

Comment:
Discusses mathematical relationships in seashells, crystalography, the human form, and architecture. MW


Cook, Theodore Andrea
The Curves of Life, Being an Account of Spiral Formations and Their Application to Growth in Nature, to Science and to Art; With Special Reference to the Manuscripts of Leonardo Da Vinci
Constable, 1914; reprinted by Dover, 1979
illustrated
LC 78-14678
ISBN 0-486-23701-X

Keywords:
natural proportion, ratio, golden section, spirals, Pythagoras, Fibonacci

Comment:
Profusely illustrated; title says it all. PB


Corbett, Cynthia
Power Trips: Journeys to Sacred Sites as a Way of Transformation
Timewindow Publications, 1988

Keywords:
natural sacred sites, ley lines, sacred site tourism, North America


Cornelius, Geoffrey and Devereux, Paul
The Secret Language of the Stars and Planets: A Visual Key to the Heavens
[-], 1996
ISBN 0-8118-12

Keywords:
archaeoastronomical observatories

Comment:
Has good archaeoastronomy illustrations. TL

NOTE:
Other books by Paul Devereux are listed under his own name.


Christie, Archibald H.
Traditional Methods of Pattern Designing
Oxford University Press, 1910; 2nd edition, 1929
2nd edition reprinted as
Pattern Design: An Introduction to the Study of Formal Ornament
Dover Publications, 1969
xii+313 pp., 60 plates, 359 figures
LC 72-79234
ISBN 486-22221-7

Keywords:
patterns, spirals, polygons, polyhedra, geometry in art-music-architecture, medieval, renaissance, Asia, Europe, Middle East

Comment:
Typical of pattern analysis prior to Jay Hambidge; all the geometric designs are perceived as products of static symmetry and those that do not fit into that mold are seen as freehand work. Still, this is a heavily illustrated compendium of European and Middle Eastern architectural ornament and a good companion to Amor Fenn's contemporaneous book on architecture. CY


Craze, Richard
Feng Shui for Beginners
[-], 19xx
ISBN 0-340-62079-X

Keywords:
feng shui, Asia


Critchlow, Keith
Order in Space
Thames and Hudson, 1969; Viking, 1970

Keywords:
natural proportion, patterns, ratio, golden section, spirals, polygons, polyhedra, Pythagoras, Fibonacci, geometry in art-music-architecture

Comment:
Extremely readable and influential survey of sacred geometry. CY


Crump, Thomas
The Anthropology of Numbers
Cambridge University Press, 1990
LC 89-34123
ISBN 0-521-43807-1

Keywords:
religion, myth, folklore, number symbolism, world survey

Comment:
A detailed anthropological study examining how people from a wide range of diverse cultures, and from different historical backgrounds, use and understand numbers. Looks at the logical, psychological and linguistic implications. Analyzes how numbers operate within different contexts, and considers the relationship of numbers to specific themes, such as ethnoscience, politics, measurement, time, money, music, games, and architecture. MZ


Curl, James Stevens
The Art and Architecture of Freemasonry
The Overlook Press, 1993
271 pp., b&w and colour illustrations
ISBN 0-87951-494-9

Keywords:
geometry in art-music-architecture, houses of worship, vernacular architecture, funerary-cemetery-burial art, astro-calendrical devices, symbolic landscaping, freemasonic symbolism, modern, Asia, Europe, North America

Comment:
A beautifully illustrated book on the impact of freemasonic symbolism on architecture, theatre sets, and landscape design. CY

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