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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.

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


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 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 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 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, Reproduced from the 1968 First Edition by Clinton Color Crafters, Inc. 1980; 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 55- $20

From Amazon

Lost Civilizations: Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers

Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers is one of twenty-four volumes in the Time-Life book series Lost Civilizations. This series explores the worlds of the past, using the finds of archaeologists and other scientists to bring ancient peoples and their cultures vividly to life. This volume describes the archaeology of pre-Columbian North America with an emphasis on the Eastern Woodlands and the Southwest.

Chapters One and Two reveal the Adena, Hopewell, and Mississippian cultures of the Eastern Woodlands. These cultures are known as Mound Builder societies as they constructed large earthen mounds for burial, religious, and ceremonial purposes. Many of these mounds are in the shapes of animals or unique geometric figures. These cultures flourished from around 500 B.C. to A.D. 1500. The Sinagua, Hohokam, Mogollon, and Anasazi cultures of the Southwest are described in Chapters Three and Four; these cultures flourished from around 200 and 1450 A.D. and are collectively known as Cliff Dwellers, though the term more accurately applies only to the Anasazi. Numerous photographs of artifacts, ruins, and archaeological sites enhance the narrative.

In conclusion, Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers is a great depiction of the pre-Columbian archaeology of North America. Includes maps, index, and bibliography. Highly recommended.

Hardcover:168 pages Time Life Education (November 1, 1992)



MSB 56- $30

Mississippian Pottery : A Tribute to Roy Hathcock by Rick Fitzgerald; 176 Pages

Among artifact collectors, Roy Hathcock was a legend. He popularized Native American ceramics of the central Mississippi River Valley by publishing two significant books: Ancient Indian Pottery of the Mississippi River Valley in 1976 and The Quapaw and Their Pottery in 1983. These publications became the cornerstones of today’s pottery collectors. The purpose of this tribute is to honor Mr. Hathcock by publishing fifty-five vessels previously owned or pictured by him. Included with each vessel is a page of text discussing provenience, Roy’s comments, owner history, publications, and interesting information that has surfaced since Roy’s original publications. In addition, there are twenty-seven pottery vessels that Roy and I discussed at length during our teacher-student relationship. Mr. Hathcock was an extremely knowledgeable collector of Mississippi artifacts who was blessed with a charming personality. He was an outstanding educator for over thirty-five years, and he became a gracious mentor to many collectors during his lifetime. I hope you enjoy this tribute to my friend, Roy Hathcock. Rick Fitzgerald is an associate editor of the Prehistoric American magazine, the official publication of the Genuine Indian Relic Society. He has written a number of articles for the Central States Archaeological Journal as well. A retired Merrill Lynch financial consultant, Mr. Fitzgerald currently teaches graduate-level finance at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. He and his wife, Connie, reside in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.



MSB 57- $50

Masterpeices of Modern Lithic Art Vol 1 2014