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MSB 7- $500

Banner Stones of the North American Indians. KNOBLOCK Byron W
A specialized illustrated volume prepared for the primary purpose of putting forth conclusions regarding distribution, possible uses, methods of manufacture, evolution of types, adoption of special materials for particular types, and to establish a system for classifying the diversity of shapes of banner-stones by their lines and planes. With articles by, Prof. Charles E. Brown, Prof. Henry C. Shetrone, Dr. Fay-Cooper Cole, Prof. George A. West, Dr. Warren K. Moorehead, Dr. William S. Webb. LaGrange, Illinois: Published by the Author, Popular Edition, 1939
596pp. 272 plates and other illustrations illustrating 1650 stones from Museum and private collections in the United States, maps, biblio., index, dw. The ultimate work on the American Indian Banner-Stones; the result of a lifetime's interest and four years actual compilation of this volume.

What follows is Alan Banks Description of the book when I purchased it from him in 2006.

"Bannerstones of the North American Indian," by Byron W. Knoblock. 1939. This is Knoblock's classic study of bannerstones. It includes his analysis of these interesting artifacts with photo illustrations of hundreds of bannerstones from all over the country. This is a blue cover edition. I think these are more scarce than the green cover printing. The book is about 8 by 11 inches, 596 pages. This book is from the library of Gray LaDassor who was a prominent artifact collector and officer in the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society, Central States Archaeological Societies, and was a founder of the Redskin. LaDassor has used the book and the cover shows some wear. There are "Xs" in pencil by some of the bannerstones and I expect those are ones LaDassor owned or wanted to own. Interior pages in good condition.

 


Rare opportunity to collect the three volume set of Greg Perino's type guide. These are all SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS!

MSB 8/9/10- $1,000 for all 3

Perino, Gregory 1985, Selected Preforms, Points and Knives of the North American Indians.Vol. 1. Points and Barbs Press, 1509 Cleveland, Idabel, Oklahoma 74745.

Perino, Gregory 1991, Selected Preforms, Points and Knives of the North American Indians. Vol. 2.
Points and Barbs Press, 1509 Cleveland, Idabel, Oklahoma 74745.

Perino, Gregory 2002, Selected Preforms, Points and Knives of the North American Indians. Vol. 3.
Points and Barbs Press, 1509 Cleveland, Idabel, Oklahoma 74745.


MSB 11-$150

Oklahoma Artifact Journal; Volume 1, 2009, 104 color pages

#26 of 50 Hardback editions published by me, Chris Merriam

 


MSB 12-$150 Signed by the Author

Story in Stone Illustrated by Val Waldorf with text by D.C. Waldorf

Amazon review By D. Blankenship on June 18, 2011

BY FAR - THE BEST BOOK IN THIS GENRE IN MY COLLECTION.

Unfortunately for us all, this volume by D.C. Waldorf and illustrated by Val Waldorf is becoming more and more difficult to find and the price of this book, when you do find it, continues to climb. What a pity this is as it is one of the best works I have in my collection of books addressing the subject of Native American flint artifacts. I have been using this work for a number of years and continually find myself referring back to it.

This work identifies hundreds of objects found throughout the Central and Southern United States. In addition the text provides not only locations of the finds, but also the physical dynamics and material used in their construction. The author has also, in many cases, given a wonderful description of just how the point or object was made. (D.C. Waldorf is one of the best flint-knappers in the country. I have had the privilege of watching him work many times and learning from him just listening to him as he works).

Geographical distributions are addressed and the text is wonderfully done. The author does indeed use many technical terms but these terms are always used in a context that they will be understood even by the most basic of neophytes. Trust me when I tell you that you will learn much from reading and using this book.

This is only half of the story here though. The artist, Val Waldorf is one of the best, if not the best, nationally known artists who specialize in this sort of work. Her precision and attention to detail simply boggles the mind. I have identified more artifacts using this book and her illustrations than all of my other books combined. For a number of years I have been meeting with the local archeologist at our local state university. We all get together periodically and (jokingly and not so jokingly) try playing "stump the professors." When we are lucky enough to bring a piece we have found that they cannot identify, it is amazing how many times they reach for this book for help! Ms. Waldorf has taken graphic art into the realm of "art."

This work is well footnoted and the reference material the author provides is invaluable. I also like the fact that this is not one of those "current price books" where the author's have tried to place a monetary value on each point. This is an exercise akin to banging your head against the wall as prices vary and are absolutely controlled by what a person wants for his or her find, not matter what a book says. I am no overly fond of these "price books.

This work was published back in 1987. I do not know if there are reprints; if not, there should be. If you are interested in this field of study or are a collector, then this is a book you most certainly want access to. Get a copy if you can find one and if you can afford it. This is one of the few books in my home that I do not loan out...even to friends.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks

Comb Binding: 240 pages
Publisher: Mound Builder Books (1987)

 


MSB 13-$150 still in the plastic wrap

Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand Edited by Richard Townsend

Along the Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers, the archaeological remains of earthen pyramids, plazas and works of art testify to Native American civilisations that thrived there between 3000 B.C. and A.D. 1500. This book presents new information on the art and cultures of these peoples. Catalogue for an exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago, 20 November 2004 to 30 January 2005; The Saint Louis Art Museum, February to May 2005; and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, June to September 2005.

ISBN-10 0300104677 ISBN-13 9780300104677 288 pages Hardcover 2004-10-11 Yale University Press
Weight 69 Oz Width 9 In. Length 12 In.

 


MSB 14-$40

Stone Age Spear and Arrow Points: of the Midcontinental and Eastern United States by Noel D. Justice

This is an important new reference work for the professional archaeologist as well as the student and collector. Central States Archaeological Journal
. . . admirably synthesizes the scientific information integrating it with the popular approach. The result is a publication that readers on both sides of the spectrum should enjoy as well as comprehend. . . . . it should remain the standard reference on point typology of the midwest and eastern United States for many years to come. Pennsylvania Archaeologist ...Archaeologists and amateur collectors alike will rejoice at this important reference work that surveys, describes, and categorizes the projectile points and cutting tools used in prehistory by the Indians in what are now the middle and eastern sections of the United States, from 12,000 B.C. to the beginning of the historic period. Mr. Justice describes over 120 separate types of stone arrowheads and spear points according to period, culture, and region. His detailed drawings show how Native Americans shaped their tools, what styles were peculiar to which regions, and how the various types can best be identified. There are over 485 drawings organized by type cluster and other identifying characteristics. The work also includes distribution maps and 111 examples in color.

ISBN-10 0253354064 ISBN-13 9780253354068 304 pages, Indiana University Press 1988
Weight 17.6 Oz
Width 7.1 In.
Length 9.8 In.

 


MSB 17-$20 Marked and Signed R.R. "Bob" Melrose

Bell, Robert E. 1972.
The Harlan Site, Ck-6, A Prehistoric Mound Center in Cherokee County, Oklahoma.
Memoir No 2. Oklahoma Anthropological Society. Jan. 1972. Pages 1-266.

 


MSB 18-$40

Bell, Robert E. Editor. Bulletin of the Oklahoma Anthropological Society,

Volume 23, March 1975. Pp. 1-196. Crenshaw mound C report

 


MSB 19-$70 Signed by Tony dated 11-16-2009

Prehistoric Chert type of the Midwest by Tony DeRegnaucourt & Jeff Georglady 1998

Description by unknown author

This is THE book on the subject of chert and flint types used by Native American Indians in the Midwest, especially in Ohio and surrounding areas. Written by Tony Deregnaucourt and Jeff Georgiady, it covers ALL of the major flints used to make prehistoric artifacts within this area of the country, starting from the Paleo period through the Arcaic period and up until the Adena, Hopewell, Mississipian, and Fort Ancient Cultures.

It is a 242 glossy paged softcover book with many, many, many maps, pictures, etc. It contains 46 full page GLOSSY COLORED PLATES! The photos are of actual Indian artifacts. It identifies over 70 distinct types of flint from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ontario, Michigan, West Virginia, Tennessee, New York, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, etc.
Additionally, the author gives:
a) the name of the flint, the origin of trhe name, and other names used for the same flint. b) similar and look-a-like flints c) references to other pulished flint type books d) geological stratigraphy e) outcrop location for each flint f) naturally ocurring form(nodules, layers,etc) g) color ranges h) texture of the flints i) minerals and fossils present in each flint j) prehistoric distribution-which Indians used which flints k) prehistoric utilization-what tools were made from each

There is also a nice geological background given, along with a glossary of geological terms, timetable for various Indian cultures, etc.
In short, this is THE book for Native American Indian study, Indian artifact study, geology study, etc.

 


MSB 20-$40

Indian Axes and Related Stone Artifacts (Indian Axes & Related Stone Artifacts: Identification & Values) Hothem, Lar
Collector Books, 1996. Second printing of the 1989 edition with updated 1994 prices. Illustrated with b&w photographs, 223 pgs.

 


MSB 21-$30

Indian Artifact of the Midwest by Lar Hothem 1992 reprint 2001

A collector's handbook loaded with all types of artifacts found in the Midwest, where the majority of Indian collectibles are discovered. Along with comprehensive text, this guide features hundreds of detailed photographs. 8.5 X 11. 206 pages

 


MSB 22-$40

Indian Artifact of the Midwest by Lar Hothem book 2 1995

This book is a continuation of the original work by Lar Hothem. It covers the same geographic area but with additional photos and information, featuring items from the Paleo Period up to the Mississippian Period. It includes a comprehensive text and over 1,200 photos help collectors identify their artifacts. In addition, there is a complete list of recommended resources. 8.5 X 11. 288 pages

 


MSB 23-$40

Indian Artifact of the Midwest by Lar Hothem book 3, 1997

Indian Artifacts of the Midwest III has almost 2,000 photos featuring thousands of specimens from our ancient past. The author gives the collector all of the necessary facts about each item featured, such as details, size, dates, location found, and prices. 8.5 X 11. 344 pages


MSB 24-$30 signed by the author

Antler Bone & Shell Artifacts : Identification & Value Guide Hothem, Lar 2006

Contents: Awls; Splinter awls; Trigger awls; Projectile points; Fishhooks; Beads; Musical instruments; Ornamental artifacts; Hafted tools; Hairpins; Effigies; Teeth and ivory; Eskimo (Inuit) artifacts; Miscellaneous artifacts; Tools to make tools; Facts about artifacts; Artifact finds; Old-time dealer listings; Auction results.; 368 pages Color Photos

 


MSB 25-$150 Signed by the author

Collector's Guide to Indian Pipes: Identification and Values by Lar Hothem, 1998

This unique rare 1999 value guide written by Lar Hothem, showcases highly personal, well-made smoking instruments. Informational sections on how pipes were made, what to look for and what to avoid when collecting pipes. Other pipe facts and finds are also included. Over 1,000 color photos. 299 pgs

Spine has faded from sun bleaching

 


MSB 26-$30 Signed by the author

North American Indian Ornamental and Ceremonial Artifacts Identification and Value Guide by Lar Hothem. 1990, 133 pages

 


MSB 27-$25

North American Indian Artifacts: A Collector's Identification and Value Guide by Lar Hothem 1994 360 pages

Well used copy

 


MSB 28-$30 signed by the author

North American Indian Artifacts: A Collector's Identification and Value Guide by Lar Hothem 1994 360 pages

 


MSB 29-$50

Flint Blades and Projectile Points of the North American Indian by Lawrance N. Tully and Steven N. Tully 1986, 240 pages

Each flint blade and projectile point artifact that is pictured is photographed to actual size and there are hundreds of good sharp photos of primary, modified, stemmed, notched, and ceremonial blades and projectile points. Hardback

 


MSB 30- $30

The Spiro Mound Hamilton, Henry W. The Missouri Archaeologist, Columbia, MO, Volume 14 (whole volume), October, 1952. Includes 152 plates showing items found, bibliography; 276 pages Third Printing Nov. 2000


MSB 31- $30

Spiro Mound Copper: Memoir 11

Henry W. Hamilton; Jean Tyree Hamilton; and Eleanor F. Chapman Missouri Archaeological Society 212 pp. Published Dec. 1974


MSB 32- $15

Andrew Hunter Whiteford; Golden Guide North American Indian arts and crafts. ISBN-10 0307240320 160 pages Copyright 1973


MSB 33- $20

Krober, Theodora; Ishi In Two Worlds. A Biography of the Last Wild Indian in North America. University of California Press 1961. 255 pp/ + [2] pp. acknowledgments. Illustrated.


MSB 34- $30

Wormington, H. M.; Ancient Man in North America. Denver Museum of Natural History, 1957. Fourth Edition, Second Printing 1964, foldout map, 322 pages. Includes 72 text figures, glossary, bibliography, index.

Spine is cracked and seperating from binding


MSB 35- $25

SEAMAN, N. G.; Indian relics of the Pacific Northwest; Binfords & Mort; 1967; Second edition Second Printing 1974; 255 pp. 100s of photos, illusts., diagrams, maps.


MSB 36- $75

Relics & Reproductions by Jim Bennett, Homestead Publishing, Polk, Ohio, 1st Edition, 2003
Signed by the Author Book number 419 of 500 Signed. Identifying Reproduction & Altered Ancient American Artifacts, in 2003, about 300 pages


MSB 37/38- $40/each 2 copies available

Bennett, James; Identifying Altered Ancient Flint Artifacts, Relics & Reproductions Series, Book II, Evaluating Prehistoric American Flint Artifacts for Modern Rechipping, Ancient Resharpening & Ancient Salvage; Homestead Publishing; Polk, Ohio; 2004; First printing; 206 pages


MSB 39- $125

Series Contributions from the Museum of the American Indian, Heye foundation, vol.XIV; The Spiro mound collection in the Museum, by E. K. Burnett. Historical sketch of the Spiro mound, by Forrest E. Clements; New York, Museum of the American Indian, Heye foundation, 1945; 220 pages; including the 94 full page plates and descriptions.


MSB 40- $25

Lewis, Thomas M.N. & Kneberg, Madeline; Tribes That Slumber: Indians of the Tennessee Region; University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN (1966); 6th printing 1977; 196 pages


MSB 41- $50

George C. Frison, ed.; The Casper Site : A Hell Gap Bison Kill on the High Plains; New York, Academic Press, 1974; 266 pages; signed Donald R. Beir, Jr. inside front cover


MSB 42- $40

Damas, David; William C. Sturtevant, General Editor; Handbook of the North American Indians vol 5 Arctic; Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1984; 845 pages, ISBN 978-0160045806

For complete list of articles included


MSB 43- $100

Kenneth B. Farnsworth, Thomas E. Emerson; Early Woodland Archeology, Kampsville Seminar in Archeology ,1; Kampsville, IL; Kampsville Archeological Center, Center for American Archeo. 1986; 651 pages

Detailed Review of this book


MSB 44- $10

Howell F. Clark; Early Man Life Nature Library; New York: Time-Life Books, 1965 Revised 1968; 200 pages


MSB 45- $25

Philip Kopper; North American Indians: Before the Coming of the Europeans; Smithsonian 1986; 288 pages


MSB 46- $15

Gene S. Stuart, George E. Stuart; Lost Kingdoms of the Maya; National Geographic Society, 1993; 248 pages First edition.

This new National Geographic book spans the 4,000-year-old history of the Maya, who developed one of the most remarakable civilizations in pre-Colombian America.The authors detail the painstaking work of reconstructing and deciphering the intricate hieroglyphs left behind by Mayan scribes--records that have led to wondrous discoveries. 170 full-color photographs. Maps.


MSB 47- $10

Jonathan Norton Leonard; Ancient America, Great Ages Of Man ; Time-Life Books, 1967, Tenth Printing 1981; 192 pages


MSB 48- $50

Wachtel, H.C. ;Who's Who in Indian Relics; Dayton, Ohio in 1960; Reprinted, Charley E Drake, 1980; 252 pages


MSB 49- $60

Wachtel, H.C. ;Who's Who in Indian Relics; Dayton, Ohio in 1960; Third printing Ben Thompson 1997; 252 pages


MSB 50- $50

Wachtel, Hubert C.; Who's Who in Indian Relics No. 2; Privately Printed in 1968, Reprinted by Davis Artifacts 2003; 304 pages


MSB 51- $50

Thompson Ben W. editor; Who's Who in Indian Relics No. 6; Messenger Printing Company 1984. Second Printing 1992; 344 pages


MSB 52- $60

Jinks-Weidner, Janie; Who's Who in Indian Relics #10; Westerville, Oh Privately Printed 2000 First Edition; 400pp


MSB 53- $100

THE ART GERBER STORY: A LIFETIME OF COLLECTING ALONG THE OHIO RIVER. ISBN 0-9794604-0-9. Photocraft, Inc., Tell City, IN. 2007. Hardback with dj. 436 pp.

Gerber Edition

BOOK REVIEW
By Oliver T. Skrivanie
G.I.R.S. Member
The Art Gerber Story - A Lifetime of Collecting Along the Ohio River
By Arthur Joseph Gerber
Long before "Indiana Jones" there was "Indiana Gerber"!!! The primary focus of the author's personal archaeological ad­ventures recounted in this book is the famous Crib Mound locat­ed along the Ohio River in Spencer County, Indiana. The Crib Mound was a multi-component site with its lower section com­posed of shell midden laid down during the Archaic period and the upper section composed of black humus built up later during the Woodland Period. Sadly reflected was the failure of the pro­fessional archaeology community to investigate one of the most significant archaeological sites along the Ohio River. The author recounts his and others' personal expeditions to the Crib Mound and the Raiders-of-the-Lost-Ark-like resulting adventures. The frisson generated by the discovery of 10,000 cache blades at Crib Mound can only be imagined! The sheer volume of artifacts found at or near the Crib Mound is truly amazing, and Gerber, through his profes­sional photographic exp'ertise, documents and allows us to view these mesmerizing treasures—from bannerstones to flint to axes to cache blades to pipes to copper to shell. Equally important is a photographic section depicting the gradual erosion and almost complete obliteration of the Crib Mound site by the mighty Ohio River.
gerb
Thus, thanks to this author, the spectacular fluorescence of the Crib Mound has been cap­tured by the author's personal anecdotes, photos of the site, and photos of the scintillating diversity of artifacts found at the site.

Another section of the book addresses the alleged destruction of the GE Hopewell Mound in Posey County, Indiana which ultimately resulted in the very con­troversial arrest, conviction, and sentencing of the author under ARPA.

Other chapters cover the author's collecting adventures along the Ohio River and his ac­cumulation of one of the premier collections of prehistoric artifacts in the United States. The beauty and enormity of the author's entire ar­tifact collection are also superbly contained in the photographic portion of the book. I am sure you will spend countless hours admiring the assembled artifacts, all of which reflect the author's genuine passion and enthusiasm as an artifact collector.


MSB 54- $150

THE ART GERBER STORY: A LIFETIME OF COLLECTING ALONG THE OHIO RIVER. ISBN 0-9794604-0-9. Photocraft, Inc., Tell City, IN. 2007. Hardback with dj. 436 pp.

Art Gerber
Deluxe Edition