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Photocopied Classic Books

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Some important old books from the anomaly literature have been photocopied and bound in heavy, printed covers. Format: 8.5" x 11. Order by author.

Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley

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E.G. Squier and E.H. Davis. 376 pp., 1848, $29.95p
One of the most remarkable archeological books ever published in America! Its appearance in 1848 created a great sensation. For, as America moved west, the remnants of the great civilization of the Moundbuilders raised much speculation. Even today we marvel at their immense, flat-topped temple mounds, the huge earthen enclosures, and the meticulously wrought artifacts of copper, mica, and clay. Squier and Davis objectively described the features of this New World civilization in words and drawings. It is the drawings, though, that really capture the reader. They are superb, almost overwhelming.

Rude Stone Monuments in all Countries: Their Age and Uses

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J. Fergusson, 1872, 578 pp., $26.95p
Fergusson's famous compilation of worldwide megalithic monuments is a fit complement to our photocopied edition of Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley, from 1848. Fergusson has filled his book with 233 line drawings of artifacts from the megalithic period. The emphasis is on the massive monuments, but you'll also see some sketches of pottery and inscribed stones. Naturally, there are long chapters on the British Isles, Ireland, and Europe; but the author also demonstrates how the megalithic culture extended into North Africa, the Middle East, and India. It is a pleasure to page through this old classic and read how our parents' parents interpreted these edifices.

Aboriginal Monuments of the State of New York

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E.G. Squier. 1849, 193 pp., $19.95p
With the help of 72 figures and 14 large plates, Squier details the abundant aboriginal works found in New York and elsewhere. Included are chapters on mounds and other earthworks as well as implements and ornaments. The long appendix leaves New York and delves into the fortifications of the ancient Mexicans and Peruvians, the aboriginal use of copper, and some ancient works found in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

Aboriginal Remains of Tennessee

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J. Jones. 1880, 176 pp., $19.95p
A comprehensive study-in-depth of the legacy of the Tennessee aborigines, with 85 excellent illustrations and index. Topics include: burial caves (as seen by their discoverers), pyramidal and conical mounds, fortifications, earthworks, the famous Stone Fort, and a wide variety of artifacts. Jones also studied the so-called pigmy graves and tiny stone coffins.

Legendary Islands of the Atlantic

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W. H. Babcock. 196 pp., 1922, $15.95p
The title of this book immediately conjures up thoughts of Atlantis; but many other Atlantic islands were once thought to exist, were placed on maps, and then disappeared. The island of Brazil (or Hy Brazil) is one of these phantom islands. Babcock has written an engrossing, scholarly treatise, with many old maps, and hints of pre-Columbian contacts with the New World. Here follow some chapter titles: • Atlantis; The Island of the Seven Cities; •The Problem of Mayda; •Estotiland and the Other Islands of Zeno; •The Sunken Land of Buss and Other Phantom Islands.

The Mammoth and the Flood: An Attempt to Confront the Theory of Uniformity with the Facts of Recent Geology

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H.H. Howorth 1887, 498 pp., $23.95p
Sir Henry Howorth was one of the great synthesizers of science in the late 1800s. In this book, he brought together all of the available evidence on recent catastrophic flooding on the earth: the bone caves, the Siberian mammoth carcasses, the masses of fresh moa bones in Australia, and host of other geological and biological puzzles. Most of Howorth's attention, however, is focussed on the mammoths and their recent demise. This book is one of the classics of catastrophe literature.

Evolutionary Geology and the New Catastrophism

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G.M. Price. 1926, 352 pp., $19.95p
Price was an early catastrophist at a time when uniformitarianism ruled with an iron fist. He systematically and rationally presented some of geology's major anomalies -- particularly in stratigraphy. Chapter titles include: The Modern Onion-Coat Theory; •"Deceptive Conformity"; •Upside Down; •Extinct Species; •Skipping; •Graveyards; •Degeneration; •Fossil Men. Price was a creationist, but his book is devoid of theology.

The Aerial World

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G. Hartwig 1886, 560 pp., $26.95p
Iven though this title is over a century old, it is still a pleasure to read. Its 37 chapters touch on just about every facet of weather and geophysics known: •The echo; •Waterspouts; •The Rainbow; •The thunderstorm; •St. Elmo's fire; and even flying machines, such as they were in 1886! There are hundreds of anecdotes and descriptions of curious phenomena, such as: •Remarkable echoes in Siberia; •Luminous dust; •Elf Candles; •The 1838 Spout of Calcutta, and •Moon blindness. It is a classic collection of geophysical anomalies and curiosities.
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  • "A sourcebook of unexplained phenomena is therefore a valuable addition to a collection of scientific literature. William R. Corliss has provided this in the past with his source books of scientific anomalies in several subjects, and now he has provided it for astronomy. He has done an excellent job of collecting and editing a large amount of material, taken in part from scientific journals and in part from scientific reporting in the popular or semi-scientific press." -- "The Mysterious Universe: A Handbook of Astronomical Anomalies", reviwed by Thomas Gold, Cornell University, in Icarus, vol.41, 1980

  • "An interesting, systematic presentation of unusual weather [..] This book is recommended for a general audience" --"Corliss, William R., Tornados, Dark Days, Anomalous Precipitation, and Related Weather Phenomena, Sourcebook Project, 1983.", revieweed in Choice, September 1983
  • "..the science is necessarily somewhat speculative, but Corliss's symthesis is based on reputable sources." -- "Corliss, William R. (Compiler). Lightning, Auroras, Nocturnal Lights, and Related Luminous Phenomena" reviwed by Joseph M. Moran, Univ. of Wisconsin in Science Books and Films, Sep/Oct 1983

  • "Before opening the book, I set certain standards that a volume which treads into dangerous grounds grounds like this must meet. The author scrupulously met, or even exceeded those standards. Each phenomenon is exhaustively documented, with references to scientific journals [..] and extensive quotations" -- "Book Review: The moon and planets: a catalog of astronomical anomalies", The Sourcebook Project, 1985., Corliss, W. R., Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 81, no. 1 (1987), p. 24., 02/1987