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Books About Divining Rods
Dowsing, Doodlebugging,
and Water Witching
Published Prior to 1980

compiled by catherine yronwode

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Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology
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PART ONE: TITLES IN ENGLISH

Bell, H. Practical Dowsing: A Symposium.
London: G. Bell & Sons Ltd., 1965.
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, viii + 197 pages.

Barrett, Sir WIlliam and Besterman, Theodore. The Divining Rod: An Experimental and Psychological Investigation.
London, Methuen & Co., Ltd. 1926
Reprinted, New Hyde Park, N.Y., University Books, 1968.

Baum, Joseph. The Beginner's Handbook of Dowsing: The Ancient Art of Divining Underground Water Sources.
Crown Publishers, 1974

Besterman, Theodore. The Divining Rod: An Experimental and Psychological Investigation.
1926

Theodore Deodatus Nathaniel Besterman (1904–1976) was a psychical researcher, bibliographer, biographer, and translator. Born in Lódź, Poland, he moved to England while still young. In 1924 he wrote his first book on psychical phenomena, "Crystal Gazing: A study in the History, Distribution and Practice of Scrying" which was followed by "The Divining Rod: An Experimental and Psychological Investigation" (1926) From 1927 to 1935 he was the investigating officer for the Society for Psychical Research. "Water Divining: New Facts & Theories" (1938) was his last book on psychism. He served in the British Royal Artillery during World War Two and subsequently worked for UNESCO. During the 1950s he lived in Switzerland and thenceforward devoted himself to translation, biography, and bibliographical writing about Voltaire. He returned to England in the late 1960s and died there in 1976.

Besterman, Theodore. Water Divining: New Facts & Theories.
London: Methuen, 1938. 207 pages

Theodore Deodatus Nathaniel Besterman (1904–1976) was a psychical researcher, bibliographer, biographer, and translator. Born in Lódź, Poland, he moved to England while still young. In 1924 he wrote his first book on psychical phenomena, "Crystal Gazing: A study in the History, Distribution and Practice of Scrying" which was followed by "The Divining Rod: An Experimental and Psychological Investigation" (1926) From 1927 to 1935 he was the investigating officer for the Society for Psychical Research. "Water Divining: New Facts & Theories" (1938) was his last book on psychism. He served in the British Royal Artillery during World War Two and subsequently worked for UNESCO. During the 1950s he lived in Switzerland and thenceforward devoted himself to translation, biography, and bibliographical writing about Voltaire. He returned to England in the late 1960s and died there in 1976.

Bird, Christopher. The Divining Hand.
New York, E. P. Dutton, 1979.

Cameron, Verne L. Aquavideo; Locating Underground Water.
Santa Barbara, California, El Cariso, 1970.

Verne L. Cameron (August 14, 1896 - November 11, 1970) was an American dowser, best known for his development of the Cameron Aurameter, a variation on the L-rod doodlebug device.

Cameron, Verne L. Map Dowsing.
Santa Barbara, California, El Cariso, 1971.

Verne L. Cameron (August 14, 1896 - November 11, 1970) was an American dowser, best known for his development of the Cameron Aurameter, a variation on the L-rod doodlebug device.

Cameron, Verne L. Oil Locating.
Santa Barbara, California, El Cariso, 1971.
paperback, 35 p.
reprinted in hardcover by Life Understanding Foundation, 1997.

Verne L. Cameron (August 14, 1896 - November 11, 1970) was an American dowser, best known for his development of the Cameron Aurameter, a variation on the L-rod doodlebug device.

Chambers, Howard V. Dowsing, Water Witches and Divining Rods for the Millions.
Los Angeles, Sherbourne Press, 1969.

De France, Henry. The Elements of Dowsing.
London, 1948.

Ellis, Arthur J. The Divining Rod: A History of Water Witching. (United States Geological Survey, Water Supply Paper 416)
Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, Department of the Interior, 1917.
59 pages. Softcover pamphlet, 6" x 9 ", in stiff stapled wraps, Illustrated; includes a 25 p. bibliography, index,
Reprinted 1938.
Reprinted 1957.

The U. S. Geological Survey printed this monograph to discourage the widespread belief in water witching. A summary of divining rods and the people who have made claims for them. The bibliography covers 500 years of references from 1532 ("A True Yet Brief Description of The Wand of Mercury") to 1949 ("Psychical Physics").

George, Karl. Dowsing: The Science of Water-Witching.
Laurel, Montana, Karl George, 1974. Illustrated. 140 p. plus two laid-in sheets (4 p.) of illustrations.

A detailed series of case histories of experieents conducted by the author.

Graves, T. Dowsing: Techniques and Applications.
London, Turnstone Books, 1976.

Graves, T. Dowsing and Archaeology.
London, Turnstone Books, 1980.

Graves, T. The Diviner's Handbook.
Wellingborough, The Aquarian Press, 1986.

(This was published past the stated cut-off date of 1980, but is included because the author had written two previous titles on the same subject.)

Hitching, Francis. Dowsing: The Psi Connection.
Garden City, N.Y., Anchor Press, 1978

[Life Savers], Life Savers Book-O-Secrets for 'Holesome Entertainmint.
Life Savers, Incorporated, Port Chester, N.Y., 1931
32 pages plus colour wraps; only one chapter on Divining Rods, but what a cool booklet; published by a candy manufacturer.

Leftwich, Robert H. Dowsing: The Ancient Art of Rhamdomancy.
Aquarian, 1977. Paperback. 64 pages.

Maby, J. Cecil, and Franklin, T. B. The Physics of the Divining Rod, Being an Account of an Experimental Investigation of Water and Mineral Divining.
London, George Bell, 1939.

MacLean, Gordon. A Field Guide To Dowsing.
Danville, Vermont, American Society of Dowsers. 1976

Mager, Henri. Water Diviners and Their Methods.
London, George Bell, 1931.

Maury, Marguerite. How to Dowse: Experimental and Practical Radiasthesia.
London, G. Bell and Sons, 1953.

Mermet, Abbe. Principles & Practice of Radiesthesie.
London, 1967.

Mullins, J. and Sons. The Divining Rod: Its History, Truthfulness and Practicability.
Box, Wiltshire, Colerne, 1894.

Naylor, P. Discovering Dowsing and Divining.
Princes Risborough, Shire Publications Ltd., 1980.

Nicolas, Jean. Jacob's Rod.
English translation of La Verge de Jacob (1693).
London: Thomas Welton, 1875.

Nielsen, Greg, and J. Polansky. Pendulum Power.
New York: Warner, 1977.

Roberts, Kenneth. Henry Gross and His Dowsing Rod.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1951.
Hardcover in Dust Jacket. (tan cloth w/ black and gilt titles)
reprinted several times.

The story of Henry Gross as told by Kenneth Roberts, who first encountered him in 1947 in Kennebukport, Maine, where Roberts lived an his farm which was being threatened by a huge forest fire. Later Roberts was instrumental in helping Gross develop his skill and to bring it to the attention of scientists. In 1949 the island of Bermuda, which traditionally relied upon roof top rainwater catch-basins, was hit by the worst drought in four decades. Even though hydrologists declared that there was little underground fresh water available, dowser Henry Gross map-dowsed from his home in Maine the general locations of 4 good freshwater sources in Bermuda. Already existent wells had provided little palatable water, being mostly salty or brackish in content. When Gross was summoned to Bermuda, he accurately pinpointed his four locations which in turn were drilled for water. They were completed in 1950, wherein the four wells were able to produce two million gallons of fresh water per day for public consumption.

Roberts, Kenneth. The Seventh Sense.
Garden City, N.Y.:, Doubleday, 1953

Roberts, Kenneth. Water Unlimited.
Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday., 1957

Stark, Erwin E. A History of Dowsing and Energy Relationships.
North Hollywood, California, BAC, 1978.

Tompkins, B. Springs of Water and How to Discover Them By the Divining-Rod.
London, Hurst & Blackett Ltd., n.d. (circa 1920).

Tromp, S. W. Psychical Physics: A Scientific Analysis of Dowsing, Radiesthesia and Kindred Divining Phenomena.
New York, Elsevier Publishing Company, 1949.

Underwood, Peter. The Complete Book of Dowsing and Divining.
London, Rider & Company, 1980. Hardcover with Dust jacket, 229 pages.
includes index, bibliography, and b&w illustrations.

Vogt, Evon Z., and Hyman, Ray. Water Witching, U.S.A.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1959.
Hardcover in Dust jJacket.
2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Wayland, Bruce and Shirley Wayland. Steps to Dowsing Power.
Life Force Press, 1976.

Weaver, Herbert. Diving, the Primary Sense: Unfamiliar Radiation in Nature, Art and Science.
London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1978.

Willey, Raymond C. Modern Dowsing: The Dowser's Handbook.
Cottonwood, AZ, Esoteric Publications, 1976.

Wyman, Walker D. Witching for Water, Oil, Pipes, and Precious Minerals.
River Falls, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Press, 1977.

PART TWO: TITLES NOT IN ENGLISH

Benedikt, M. Ruten-und Pendel-lehre.
Vienna, Leipzig, 1917.

Carrie, Abbe. L'hydroscopographie et Metalloscopographie, ou l'art de Decouvrir les Sources et les Gisement Metallifers au Moyen de l'Electro-Magnetisme.
Saintes, France, 1863.

Chevreul, M. E. De la Baguette Divinatoire, du Pendule dit Explorateur, et des Tables Tournantes.
Paris, 1854.

De Morogues, Baron. Observations sur le fFluide Organoelectrique.
Paris, 1854.

De Vallemont, Abbe. La Physique Occulte, ou Traite de la Baguette Divinatoire.
Paris, 1693.

Holly, Dr Theodose A. Notions Methaphysiques et Autres, Revelees ou Confirmees par la Radiesthesie: Dieu et L'Univers (Mecanisme Du Monde) - Tome I
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Imp. V. Valcin, ND [circa 1940],
6 1/8" x 9" tall, paperbound wraps, 144p. plus table of contents.

Klinckowstroem, Graf von. Virgula divina. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Wuenschelrute.
Berlin, 1910.

Nicolas, Jean. La Verge de Jacob, ou l'Art de Trouver les Tresors les Sources, les Limites, les Metaux, les Mines, les Mineraux et Outres Cachees, par l'Usage du Baton Fourche.
Lyons, France, 1693. Translated as Jacob's Rod.

Rocard, Y. Le Signal du Sourcier.
Paris, Dunod, 1964.

PART THREE: ARTICLES IN PERIODICAL MAGAZINES

The present bibliography only covers books on dowsing, water-witching, and doodlebugging published prior to 1980.

For a similar bibliography covering articles on dowsing, water-witching, and doodlebugging published in periodical magazines prior to 1980, see:

Hansen, George P. Dowsing: A Review of Experimental Research.
Journal of the Society for Psychical Research. Vol. 51, No. 792, pp. 343-367, October, 1982.

A digital electronic version of Hansen's bibliography is also available at the Hansen's own web site, Trickster Book:

http://www.tricksterbook.com/ArticlesOnline/Dowsing.htm (accessed 08/09/2010)