Core Curriculum
I believe this small set of books is the best place to start to learn about
the different classes of
Mechanical Puzzles, examples from various eras, and historical background.
These are richly illustrated catalogues of mechanical puzzles,
drawing on the largest collections in the world.
A collector needs to know what's out there!
I often refer back to these.

Also in German, Dutch, French, Slovenian
(I don't have these versions):

Creative Puzzles of the World
Pieter van Delft, Jack Botermans 1978
 Geometrical Problems
 MovingPiece Puzzles (he means Tangramlike, not Sliding Piece) pp.1227
 Kopfzerbrecher pp.1216
 Circular Tangram p.17
 Pythagoras pp.18,9
 The Circle Puzzle (Kreisraatsel) pp.20,1
 The Broken Heart (9 pcs) p.22
 The Magic Egg (Ei des Columbus, Scrambled Egg) p.23
 The Cross Breaker (Kreuzerbrecher / Kreuzspiel, The Lucky Puzzle) pp.246
 The Nine Puzzle (Alle Neune) p.27
 Dissection Puzzles pp.2839
 Greek Cross to Square, others p.29
 other dissectons pp.3033
 Snake eating its tail p.34
 Cross and Crescent (Moon and Greek Cross) p.34
 Disappearance Puzzles (vanishes e.g. Think Square, L'Echiquier Fantastique, Get Off the Earth) p.35
 Letter Dissections pp.36,7
 Polyforms pp.4048
 rhombus from 12 hexiamonds p.40
 Pentominoes pp.413
 Solid Pentominoes pp.44,5
 Soma pp.46,7
 The Balancing Soma p.48
 Matchstick Puzzles pp.4956
 Domino Puzzles pp.5765
 Construction Puzzles and Packing Problems pp.6685
 OCC p.67
 Rattles pp.68,9
 The Magic Disc  3piece coordinate motion p.70
 Van der Poel's 18piece burr p.71
 trad. 6piece burr, J.H. de Boer pp.725
 BallinCage p.76
 Japanese Crystal (pagoda burr) pp.77,8
 The Cluster (diagonal burr) p.80
 O'Beirne Melting Block p.81
 Conway 17pc Packing in 5x5x5 p.82
 Haselgrove Box p.83
 Chinese Cube (ivory) p.84
 The Vanishing Space (ball packing 13/14) p.85
 Magic Squares  lo shu pp.8695

 RingStringBall Puzzles  start on p.97
 Patience/"tiring irons"  p.97
 The Crown Puzzle p.98 (see also Hoffmann p.30 The Balls and Rings)
 Block and Tackle p.99
 Meleda aka Chinese Rings p.100
 The Chinese Ladder p.104 (see Hoffmann p.31)
 Cherry Tree p.105
 Trefoil p.111
 Imperial Scale p.114
 Triplets p.115
 String Puzzles  he means magic tricks and string figures p.117
 Mazes and Labyrinths pp.124142
 Wire Puzzles
 Stanley p.143
 The Gordian Knot p.146
 Triple Cross p.147
 Triangular Trickery (Stumpy Originals No. 2) p.148
(see also Hoffmann p.200 The Interlaced Triangles)
 Jack's Special (spiral, cube, ball) p.149
 Loop the Loop (aka Infinity) p.150
 Staircase p.152
 Ball and Ring (aka Ball and Chain) p.154
 Loony Loop (aka Possibly Impossible) p.154
 Squaring Off p.155
 Number and Logic Puzzles
 The Number Frame p.160
 The Binary System pp.1623 (I made these cards as a kid!)
 Mind Reading Cards p.164
 The Colormatch Square p.165 (like Pressman Think Through, Nitty Gritty)
 Positioning Puzzles
 Fore and Aft p.166
 Crossing the Water Puzzles
 Peg Solitaire pp.170174
 Tower of Brahma (Hanoi) p.175
 Railroad Shunting Problems pp.176177
 Puzzles with Checkers
 Sliding Block  Flying, Ma's, George Washington pp.1801
 Solutions pp.182200



Puzzles Old and New
Jerry Slocum, Jack Botermans 1987 166pp.

PutTogether Puzzles
 German Sectional Checkerboard (Luers) p.12
 Bug House (rectangular box, metal pieces) p.13
 Pieces of Dudeney's "Broken Chessboard" p.14
 Sectional Checker Board, Unique Original Checkerboard Puzzle, Bug House (square box) p.14
 Polyominoes  Solomon Golomb, Tetrominoes, Pentominoes pp.1517, Hexiamonds p.18
 Tenyo Beat the Computer polyforms p.18
 The Egyptian Puzzle with some patterns (aka Bombing Mystery) p.19
 Dissections: The Ivory Cross, The Druid's Cross (Edwards & Sons London), Jeu de la Croix p.20
 The Teaser T, L'Ete, N.K.Atlas La Hache Du Bourreau, Hathaway's The New H Puzzle p.21
 Stomachion / Loculus of Archimedes, Sei Shonagon Chie NoIta p.22
 Tangram table, Tangrams book with carved ivory cover p.23
 Tangrams  McLouglin Bros. cards, Metamorfosi Del Giuoco Detto L'Enimma Chinese, The Adventures of the Beautiful Princess in Triangle Land pp.2425
 Richter Anchor Stone puzzles  pp.2633  diagrams of 36 on p.28
 The Egg of Columbus p.29
 The Sphinx, Lott's Stone Puzzle p.30
 Zornbrecher p.31
 Kreisraatsel (Circular Puzzle) pp.32,3
 Sam Loyd's Trick Mules, P.T. Barnum's Trick Mules, The Dog Puzzle, Persian Horses, Cowboy and Bull puzzle p.34
 Question du Lapin (Rabbit Silhouette) p.35
 Heads and Tails (e.g. Calumet, Grandpa's Wonder Soap) p.36
 Eight Queens  Octo Puzzle, Nichols & Frost N & F Puzzle (Pat. 1886 Butterworth)  6 pins in 6x6 grid (1 soln.),
Jeu des Manifestants p.37
 Instant Insanity  Katzenjammer, Four Ace, Symington's, Allies Flags p.38
 Magic Squares, Lo Shu, De La Rue 15 & 34 Patience Puzzle, The New Puzzle Marvelous 26 p.39
ThreeDimensional Assembly Puzzles
 Solid Pentominoes, Ogura animalshapes pents p.40
 Soma p.41
 Gordon Giant Pyramid (9 pcs), smaller 6pc version, Coffin's Setting Hen,
Four Piece Pyramid, Pyracube  The Vanishing Space p.42
 Dean Hoffman's Packing Puzzle, Kolor Kraze p.43
 1934 Chicago World's Fair Scrambled Eggs p.44
 3D Jigsaws  Maple Leaf, fish, Heart p.45
 Pyramid Puzzle  2 pc. & 4 pc. p.46
 Puzzle Rings p.47
TakeApart Puzzles
 The Masterpiece Puzzles set p.48
 Hoffmann puzzles  Dice Box, Barrel & Ball, Cannon & Ball p.49
 Ebony Ball, Arabi Gun (Doug Haigh), Cage & Ball p.51
 Jerry Slocum's 1955 trick opening mechanism, Takitapart, Tri'n'doit p.52
 Hoffman's Psycho Match Box, Hidden Keyhole Boxes p.53
 Japanese Trick Boxes  opening diagram p.54
 Japanese Houseshaped boxes, Gerald letters interlocking name puzzle p.55
 Kamei's secret boxes p.5657
 Trick Knife, The Hello Puzzle, Nuts and Bolts p.58
 Sputnik, Card & Key pat. 1902 Kellogg, Keene cigars Three Ring Puzzle pat. 1892, Puzzle Pants p.59
 Puzzle Locks (from Dick Hess' collection)pp.60,61
Interlocking Solid Puzzles
 Bill Cutler's
Square Rod Dodecaplex p.62
 Berrocal Micro David, Kumiki pp.6365
 Botermans & Naef Dog puzzle, Kumiki Dog p.64
 Kumiki buildings, gates, planes, boats, vehicles p.65
 Naef Swiss Cow, 3piece burr (Segerblom), Yamanaka sixpiece burr set p.66
 De Boer's Burrs & drawings pp.66.67
 Bill Cutler  diagrams of the 25 notchable pieces, counts for set of 42 p.68
 Bill Cutler's
Hexagonal Porcupine p.69
 Crimean Flexible Burrs / Rattles p.70
 18piece Burr 1951 (not Grandfather design!) p.71
 Altekruse p.72, Pagoda p.73, Chuck p.74
 Arjeu started by Xavier Grandvaux in 1979  Pluton (designed by Pierlot), Oursin (Pierlot), Etoile Tetraedrique (5 interlocking tetrahedrons) (Pierlot),
Triple Cross 15 piece burr, Carpenter's Cross 12 piece burr, Cubix p.75
 Gaby Games (Philippe Dubois)  Lightning, Grand Prix, Kubion (12 notched dowels) p.76
 The Draftsman's Dream p.77
 Chestnut Burr (Wyatt) (Pentangle Snowflake) p.78
 Plastic Burrs  Hexsticks, 6plank, Nova, Frantix, Spirus, 6pc trad., 6pc. diag. p.79
 The Third Dimension (60 sticks) p.80
 Van Deventer's Matchboxes p.81
 Coffin's Cuckoo Nest, Locked Nest, ThreePiece Block p.82
 The Fearsome Four (6pc burrs) piece diagrams p.83
 Stewart Coffin  Four Corners, Scorpius, Second Stellation p.84, Jupiter p.85
 Keychains e.g. Howdy Doody, Mystic Jet, Kentucky Derby, Die, Clock, Robot, ... pp.86,87




New Book of Puzzles
101 Classic and Modern Puzzles to Make and Solve
Jerry Slocum, Jack Botermans 1992 128pp.
Though they do not use section titles, the major divisions of the book follow the classification scheme
favored by Slocum and used in the 1987 book.

Disentanglement Puzzles
 Van Houten's Violin (cardboard), Constantin Violin and Bow (wooden) pp.68,69
 ButterNut Bread paper tangle, Spaghetti Eater pp.70,71
 Mousetrapping (mouse in box tangle), Mouse with Cheese pp.72,73
 Wit's End p.74,75 (easy and hard versions)
 Gordian Knot (Gekkenwerk) pp.76,77 (solution)
 Buttonhole Pencil pp.78,79
 Delivrez Mon Coeur, The PigTail of the Chinaman p.80
 Untie the Bear, Aunt Jemima paper tangles p.81
 The Braided Leather Puzzle p.82
 Stewart Coffin Super Sleeper Stopper p.83
 Horseshoes, Triple Horseshoes pp.84,85
 various wire puzzles pp.8695, La Balance de Themis (eq. to Le Bon Geolier),
La Bouteille Infernale, Les Tracas de L'Artilleur (eq. to Le Souci de l'Artilleur)
 Le Petit PorteVeine, Comment Nous Separer p.90,
Le Cavalier et son Sabre (eq. to Le Dragon et son Casque) p.91,
Le Divorce (eq. to La Question du Divorce), Le Bracelet Egyptien (eq. to Le Bracelet de Cleopatre)
 Heartbreaker, Heart's Desire (Uncle's) pp.92,93
 Gingerbread Man, Fooler pp.94,95
Sequential Movement Puzzles
 Indians and Travellers (river crossing), Jealous Husbands, Fox Goose and Corn, Men and Boys pp.96,97
 Double Five, Great 13 pp.98,99
 Peg Solitaire pp.100103
 The Triangle Puzzle Board pp.102,3
 Pyramids (Towers of Hanoi) pp.104,5
 The Railroad Puzzle (Protheroe  Humpty Dumpty; Great Northern Puzzle) pp.106,7
 Oklahoma (string around pegs) pp.108,9
 The Yankee Puzzle (step maze) p.110
 Puzzles with Checkers p.111
 The New 15 p.112, The 13 Puzzle p.113 (Slocum's IPP11 gift)
 NoJumpO pp.114,115
Dexterity Puzzles
 FlipARing p.116, OneIntheEyeForKruger p.117
Other (including Vanish and Impossible)
 Devil's Fan (like Loyd's GOtE) p.118
 Magic Playing Card p.119
 Arrow Through Bottle p.120
 Solutions pp.121125



The Book of Ingenious and Diabolical Puzzles
Jerry Slocum, Jack Botermans 1994 152pp.
Organized using the usual Slocum classification.


The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections
Stewart T. Coffin
An updated version of this book is hosted online at John Rausch's site.
Geometric Puzzle Designs, shown below, is an even more recent update of this book.
In the contents I show here, sections present only in GPD are enclosed in brackets.
Some sections are revised, and a few are omitted in GPD.


Geometric Puzzle Design
Stewart T. Coffin
2007 A.K. Peters
This is an updated version of Stewart's classic "Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections."
It contains some new material, including his "Involute" cube design.


The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections CDROM
Stewart T. Coffin
A gift from Brett.
In addition to "The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections" this CDROM contains
the 1985 and 1992 editions of Stewart's Puzzle Craft.
You can get a free copy of the 1992 edition of Puzzle Craft from the g4g4 site.

The Classics
Once you've got the basics, expand the breadth and depth of your puzzle knowledge with these.
These are among the best puzzle books from several centuries past,
written by acknowledged experts of their eras.

[Images from Wikipedia.]
Professor David Singmaster
has done
a lot of research
into the history of Recreational Mathematics, and cites many authors and
significant publications.
Below is a rough timeline of key publications and authors,
based on my scouring through Singmaster's material
and crossreferencing with other bibliographic sources.
If I own a physical copy, or have access to an online copy, the entry is shown in bold.
The symbol [C] is a link to the listing for my copy.
B.C.
to 1400
 c250  Arithmetica  Diophantos (c200c298)
[Wikipedia]

800  Propositiones Alcuini doctoris Caroli Magni Imperatoris ad acuendos juvenes
[PDF] 
Alcuin of York (c735804)
[Wikipedia]
 900 
Book of Precious Things in the Art of Reckoning,
aka
Book of Rare Things in the Art of Calculation,
 Abu Kamil (c850c930)
[Wikipedia]
 c1150  Lilavati 
Bhaskara
 1202  Liber Abbaci  Leonardo Pisano, called Fibonacci (c1170>1240)
[Wikipedia]
14001700
 1494  Suma de Arithmetica Geometria Proportioni et Proportionalita
[PDF] 
Luca Pacioli (or Paciuolo) (c14451517)
[Wikipedia]
 c1500  De Viribus Quantitatis
[online photos of MS]  Pacioli
 1517  Libro de Abaco  Pietro Borgo
 Nicolo Fontana Tartaglia (15001557)
 1539  Practica Arithmetice  Jerome Cardan = Girolamo Cardano = Hieronymus Cardanus (1501 1576)
[Wikipedia]
 1545  Artis Magnae sive de Regulis Algebraicis  Cardano
 1550  De Subtilitate Cardano  patience puzzle discussed
 1557  De Rerum Varietate Cardano  Alliance/Victoria tanglement puzzle
 1545  Libro Primo d'Architettura  Serlio, Sebastiano (14751554)
[Wikipedia]
 first geometric vanish
 1612  Problèmes plaisans et délectables qui font par les nombres  Bachet de Meziriac, Claude Gaspard
(15811638)
[Wikipedia]
 1624  Recreation Mathematique  van Etten, Henry (pseudonym of Leurechon, Jean) (15911670)
 1st silhouette problems
 1694  Recreations Mathematiques et Physiques  Jacques Ozanam (16401717)
[Wikipedia]
[online]

1700  1800
 Montucla, Jean Etienne (17251799)
[Wikipedia]
 1733 
[C] Engaños à Ojos Vistas 
Pablo Minguet (or Minguét) è (or é or e or y) Yról (or Irol) (c1700c1766)
 1749  Les Amusemens Mathematiques  AndreJoseph Panckoucke (17001753)
 1st dissection of cross into Zs and Ls, Egyptian puzzle
 1770  Algebra  Leonard Euler (17071783)
[Wikipedia]
 17801790  KunstCabinet  Peter Friedrich Catel
1800  1900
 1801,1803  Bestelmeier catalogue  G. H. (Georg Hieronimus) Bestelmeier
 1858  The Sociable; or, One Thousand and One Home Amusements  Arnold, George (18341865)
[online]
[PDF]
 1859  The Book of 500 Curious Puzzles
[PDF]
 1862  The Magician's Own Book  Arnold, George (18341865) & Cahill, Frank
[online, PDF]
 1882  Récréations mathématiques  (François) Édouard (Anatole) Lucas (18421891)
[Wikipedia]
[online]
 tower of hanoi puzzle
 1895  L'Arithmétique Amusante  Lucas
[online]
 1890  Everybody's Illustrated Book of Puzzles  Saxon & Co., London, 1890 
Don Lemon [= "The Sphinx" = Eli Lemon Sheldon], selector.
[
online at The Internet Archive]
 1892 
[C] Mathematical Recreations and Essays  Ball, Walter William Rouse (18501925)
[Wikipedia];
1939  11th ed., revised by H. S. M. Coxeter
 1893 
[C] Puzzles Old and New  Hoffmann
 Carroll, Lewis (pseudonym of Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge) (18321898)
[Wikipedia]

1900  1970
 1900  Mathematische Unterhaltungen und Spiele 
Ahrens, Wilhelm Ernst Martin Georg (18721927)
 1907 
[C] The Twentieth Century Standard Puzzle Book  Routledge, London 
A. Cyril Pearson
 1907  Canterbury Puzzles  Dudeney, Henry Ernest (18571930)
[Wikipedia]
[online]
 1914  Sam Loyd's Cyclopedia of 5,000 Puzzles, Tricks and Conundrums  Lamb Publishing, ed. by Sam Loyd Jr.
[online at Ed Pegg's site]
 Sam Loyd (18411911)
[Wikipedia]
 1917 
[C] Amusements in Mathematics  Dudeney
 1921 
[C] New Mathematical Pastimes  Maj. Percy MacMahon (18541929)
[Wikipedia]
 1926  Modern Puzzles  Dudeney
 1927 
[C] The Book of Puzzles  Collins, Archie Frederick (18691952)
[Wikipedia entry for Collins]
[
Metagrobology Wiki entry for The Book of Puzzles]
 1928 
[C] Puzzles in Wood  Edwin M. Wyatt

 1928 Sam Loyd and His Puzzles  An Autobiographical Review  Sam Loyd Jr. (1873 1934)
 1932  Puzzles and Curious Problems  Dudeney
 1938 
[C] Mathematical Snapshots  Hugo Steinhaus (18871972)
[Wikipedia]
 1942 
[C] 100 Puzzles How to Make and Solve Them  Anthony S. Filipiak
 1946 
[C] Wonders in Wood  Edwin M. Wyatt
 19561981  Martin Gardner (19142010) columns
 1959 
[C] Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd, Vol. 1, ed. by Martin Gardner  Dover
 1960 
[C] Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd, Vol. 2, ed. by Martin Gardner  Dover
(Vols 1 & 2 contain about 2/3 of the mathematical problems in the Cyclopedia)
 1965 
[C] Puzzles and Paradoxes  Thomas H. O'Beirne
 1967 
[C] 536 Puzzles and Curious Problems Ed. by M. Gardner. Scribner's, NY
(This contains almost all the puzzles from Dudeney's Modern Puzzles and Puzzles and Curious Problems.)




Puzzles Old and New
Professor Louis Hoffmann aka Angelo John Lewis
The 1988 hardcover reprint by L.E. Hordern and Martin Breese Limited,
of the original 1893 Frederick Warne and Co. edition.
Find out more about the history of this book at Dalgety's
Puzzle Museum.
Click for an index compiled by Donald Knuth.
Several other books on games and magic appeared under the byline of
Professor Hoffmann, including
the
Illustrated Book of Patience Games,
and
Drawing Room Amusements (London, George Routledge, 1883).
You can purchase some as ebooks from
Lybrary.com.
Hoffmann was famous for
his books on magic.
[Illusionwiki]
 Chapter I  Dexterity
 Chapter II  Mechanical, Trick, Secret
 Chapter III  Dissected or Combination
 Chapter IV  Arithmetical
 Chapter V  Word and Letter

 Chapter VI  Counters
 Chapter VII  Matchstick
 Chapter VIII  Wire Puzzles
 Chapter IX  Quibble or Catch
 Chapter X  Misc

Chapter II describes 52 mechanical puzzles, many of the trick opening type...
 Barrel and Ball  BP
 Dice Box (barrel)
 The Churn
 Cannon and Ball  BP; has extra nozzle unscrew
 Cage and Ball  BP; has rotating base
 Castle Money Box
 New Castle Money Box
 Brass Money Box
 Captive SixPence  corian version
 Cannon & Cord
 Heart Puzzle
 Alliance (aka Victoria)
 Two Balls = Ox Yoke
 Ariel (base w/ two pillars, cord)
 Pen and Wheel
 Balls and Rings (crown)
 Chinese Ladder
 The Staff
 The Imperial Scale
 Sceptre (see Donay)
 Balls and Chain (see Donay)
 Four Keys  BP
 Screw Box  thin shell, press sides in to grip inner sleeve
 Ball and Three Strings
 Lighthouse  BP
 Jubilee Puzzle Box

 Jubilee Penny  hinged door on coin
 Invisible Gift
 Arabi Gun
 Psycho Matchbox  the penny safe design
 TouchMeNot Matchbox  pin prick
 Magic Drawer Matchbox  double drawer trick
 Unique Matchbox  move bottom plate to release top
 Surprise Matchbox  prick, fake hinge
 New Brass Puzzle Matchbox  cylinder, coin on top, counterthread top unscrews
 Ne Plus Ultra Matchbox
 Sphinx Matchbox  ne plus with a hinged side to lock the top
 Puzzle SnuffBox
 New Puzzle SnuffBox
 Puzzle Ball  like ebony ball but no cuts
 Ebony Ball
 Puzzle Purse
 Puzzle PocketKnife
 Automatic Knife
 Double Ball and Ring
 Wedding Ring Box
 New Money Box
 Zulu Box  brass magic trick equivalent
 New Persian Puzzle
 Magic Handcuff  Chinese finger trap
 Key and Ring  tip unscrews with wingnut
 New Egg of Columbus  red, cone in base

Chapter III describes 41 "Dissected or Combination" puzzles...
 The Anchor Puzzle (Kopfzerbrecher #8)
 The Tormentor Puzzle (Qualgeist #13)
 The Pythagoras Puzzle (#12)
 The Cross Puzzle (Kreuzspiel #10, also Lucky Puzzle, Kohner's Voodoo)
 The Circular Puzzle (Kreisraatsel #9)
 The Star Puzzle (Stern Raadsel)
 The Zigzag Square (12 pcs)
 The Extended Square
 The Octagon Puzzle
 The Patchwork Square
 The Two Squares (eq. to the Cut Out Puzzle)
 The Latin Cross Puzzle (5 pcs.)
 The Greek Cross Puzzle
 The Protean Puzzle
 The Caricature Puzzle (eq. to Kopfzerbrecher pcs)
 The Chequers Puzzle (14 pcs.)
 The Spots Puzzle
 The Endless Chain (La Chaine sans Fin)
 The Hexagon (5 pcs.)
 Eight Squares in One
 The Five Squares

 The Geometrical Square
 The Dissected Square (9 pcs.  form 3 squares or one large one)
 The Twenty Triangles (eq. to Mystic Wedge)
 The New Triangle (7 pcs.)
 The Japanese Square (10 pcs.)
 The Chinese Square (16 pcs.)
 The Yankee Square (11 pcs.)
 Another Cross Puzzle (eq. to Jeu de la Croix)
 The Carpenter's Puzzle No. 1
 The Carpenter's Puzzle No. 2
 The Cabinet Maker's Puzzle (divide a circle into two stool seats with holes)
 The Bonbon Nut Puzzle (burr)
 The Rattle Puzzle (burr)
 The CrossKeys or ThreePiece Puzzle (OCC)
 The Nut (or SixPiece) Puzzle (trad. 6pc burr)
 The Fairy TeaTable
 The Mystery
 The Diabolical Cube
 The Chinese Zigzag (3D jigsaw)
 The Man of Many Parts (Les Quatre Vagabonds)

Chapter IV describes 112 Arithmetical puzzles...
 7. A Simple Magic Square (Lo Shu)
 8. The "ThirtyFour" Puzzle (Thinking Man's 34, 34 Skidoo)
 9. The "SixtyFive" Puzzle
 10. The "TwentySix" Puzzle (4x4 w/ corners omitted)
 28. The Captives in the Tower
 54. The Tenth Man Out (circle of 30, leave 15)
 55. The Ninth Man Out (circle of 30, leave 15)

 56. The Three Travellers (river crossing)
 57. The Wolf, the Goat, and the Cabbages
 58. The Three Jealous Husbands
 68. The Magic Cards (binary cards)
 69. The Fifteen or Boss Puzzle
 70. The PegAway Puzzle
 72. The Royal Aquarium Thirteen Puzzle (eq. to Le Nombre Treize)

Chapter VI describes 27 Puzzles With Counters...
 13. (The EightPoint Puzzle)
 14. "Okto" (variant of 8point)
 17. The "Right and Left" Puzzle (mountain goats)
 19. The "Four and Four" Puzzle (related to the 1915 PANAMA puzzle)

 20. The "Five and Five" Puzzle
 21. The "Six and Six" Puzzle
 24. No Two in a Row (8 queens)

Chapter VIII describes twelve tanglement puzzles...
 United Hearts  eq. Uncle's Heart's Desire
 Triangle  simple spiral, single gate
 Snake and Ring  ring on spring
 Hieroglyph
 Interlaced Triangles  Stumpy #2, Uncle's TriangleDangle
 Double Bow and Ring  classic horseshoes

 Egyptian Mystery
 Ball and Spiral  eq. La Bouteille Infernale
 Unionist  eq. Claws
 Eastern Question  eq. Hess F069
 Handcuff  four rings
 Stanley

Chapter X describes 48 Miscellaneous Puzzles...
 The John Bull Political Puzzle (sliding counter)
 The Pig in the Sty (12move jumping pegs)
 Hide and Seek (2sided boxed maze)
 The Brahmin's Puzzle (Towers of Hanoi)
 Cardan's Rings (Patience)
 The Knight's Tour
 The Knotted Handkerchief
 Crossette
 SingleStroke Figures
 The Balanced Egg. Another Method.
 Solitaire Problems
 Skihi (construction cards, pat. by Skihi Novelty Co.
 A Card Puzzle  arrange the four fives from a deck of cards, face up, so only four pips on each is visible.
 Another Card Puzzle  GraecoLatin 4x4 using aces and face cards
 The Floating Corks  make seven corks float upright in a basin of water
 The Obstinate Cork
 Fixing the Ring
 The Treasure at Medinet (four piece version of Jeu des Manifestants / 8 Queens)
 The Four WineGlasses
 One Peg to Fit Three Holes (circle, triangle, square)
 The Balanced Pencil
 To Balance an Egg on the Point of a Walking Stick
 The Ashantee Horseshoe
 A Feat of Dexterity

 The Divided Square  cut a square into 5 equal squares
 The "Oval" Problem  draw an oval with just a compass
 The Floating Ball
 The Cut Playing Card  cut a hole in a playing card so a person can step through the hole
 The Mitre Puzzle  remove an isocelestriangular onefourth of a square,
then divide the resulting "mitre" shape into four equal parts
 The Five Straws
 The Three Fountains
 The Two Dogs (same principle as Sam Loyd's Mules)
 Water Bewitched
 The Balanced Halfpenny
 The Balanced Sixpence
 Silken Fetters (classic twoperson handcuffs challenge)
 The Orchard Puzzle
 The Cook in a Difficulty (La Question de la Marmite)
 The Devil's Bridge (La Pont du Diable)
 The Two Corks (grasp two corks and pull apart without entangling fingers)
 The Divided Farm
 The Conjurer's Medal (eq. to The Queen's Jubilee puzzle)
 The Maze Medal
 The Puzzle KeyRing
 The Singular Shilling
 The Entangled Scissors
 The Penetrative Penny
 The Packer's Secret (Le Secret d'un Emballeur)



Hoffmann's Puzzles Old and New (Centenary Edition)
1993
Edward Hordern


The Book of Puzzles by A. Frederick Collins
1927 D. Appleton and Company
John Devost kindly sent me this copy.
Collins' book is a successor to Hoffmann's seminal 1893 Puzzles Old and New.
You can find out more about Collins' book at
The Metagrobology Wiki.
Thanks much, John!
 A Word to You
 I. Paper and Card Puzzles
 The Crusader's Cross  5 piece Latin Cross
 The Surveyor's Puzzle  Take 1/4 of a square and divide the remainder into four equal parts.
 The Triangle and Square Puzzle  four each of three types of pieces make a square
 A Paradoxical Puzzle  equal to L'Echiquier Fantastique/Hooper's Paradox
 An Impossible Possibility  take four from four and leave eight  cut four corners from a square to leave an octagon
 Chinese Tangrams
 The Loculus of Archimedes (rectangular version)
 Playtime Puzzle Cards  eight cards each with one letter from "PLAYTIME" 
given definitions, find four, five, and sixletter words
 The Card Chain Puzzle  cut a chain of seven links from a playing card  need to be able to split edge of moistened card
 Through a Playing Card  cut a card so you can step through it
 Her Majesty's Four Fives Puzzle  using the four fives from a deck, lay them so only four pips of each can be seen
 II. String and Handkerchief Puzzles
 The Elusive Snare
 The Dressmaker's Puzzle  scissors on loop through handles
 The Bachelor's Button Puzzle  cherries
 The String and Ball Puzzle  Ox Yoke (gives two solutions) eq. Hoffmann Ch.II.No.XIII
 The Egyptian Heart Puzzle  heart with six holes, threaded cord and bead  eq. Hoffmann Ch.II.No.XI
 The Bead in the Bottle  burn through a string with a magnifying glass in the sun
 The Chinese Ladder Puzzle  classic eq. Hoffmann Ch.II.No.XVII
 A Fourth Dimensional Knot  tie a knot in a handkerchief without letting go of either end
 III. Match and Matchstick Puzzles
 IV. Wire and Chain Puzzles
 The Twin Hearts  2 hearts
 The Eternal Triangle
 The Bead and Spiral
 The Snake and Ring
 The Great SevenRing Puzzle  Patience  cites Cardan 1550, Wallis 1693
 Some Good Metal Puzzles  shows 5 hard wire puzzles:
F017 Double G, F010 Triple Rings, F025 "The Union Puzzle", F030 C&U, F079 Over the Top
 The Eastern Question  F002
 The Dumbbell and Chain Puzzle  eq. Hoffmann Ch.II.No.XXI
 V. Skill and Patience Puzzles
 calls these the "Pigs in Clover" type  dexterity
 Some Early Puzzles  Pigs in Clover  invented by A. Brentano on Apr. 11 1889
 The Maze  copy of PIC
 PickMeUp  invented by J.D. Mitchell shortly after PIC, brought out by PickMeUp, a comic magazine of London, hence the name
 Indivisibility  contemporaneous with PIC  patented by J.I. Hinde in 1889  dot the i's with five balls
 The Solar System Puzzle  nine balls of various sizes and colors
 The Spider and Fly Puzzle  mercury blob  move four felt pellets to corners
 IntheSoup Puzzle  miniature bowl, small glass marble, wire "spoon"  use the wire to get the marble out of the bowl
 Some Recent Puzzles
 Hopo'Me Puzzle  square case, glass cover  8 radial divisions & balls
 Willo'theWisp Puzzle  get 3 balls into cavities in a triangle
 Silver Drop Puzzle  get 3 balls into bottle
 The SeeSaw Puzzle  Journet #51
 The Bunny Burrow Puzzle  Journet #54 Bunnies
 The Clock  Journet #63 Clock
 KanUDoIt?  Journet #70 Kanuduit  but Collins pictures Blighty
 The Whirligig  Journet #65
 The Dovecote  Journet #57
 The Bowling Green  with mercury  Journet #50
 Niagara Falls  Journet #66
 PinURingIt  Journet #64
 Golden Rod  Journet #67
 The Diabolical Tubes  Journet #61

 VI. Some Arithmetical Puzzles
 The Globe Trotter's Puzzle
 The Compositor's Puzzle
 Sailors Don't Care Puzzle  Josephus problem  save 15 out of 30
 The Imperial Caesar Puzzle
 The Lady Bookmaker's Puzzle
 How Old is Jane?
 The Card Addition Puzzle
 The Five Gamblers Puzzle
 The Sir Douglas and Princess Mary Puzzle
 The Basket of Eggs Puzzle
 The Sheik and His Camels  17 camels  give 1/2 to son A, 1/3 to son B, and 1/9 to son C.
 VII. Magic Squares and Other Figures
 VIII. A Few Geometrical Puzzles
 The Star Group Puzzle  use four straight unicursal lines to pass through 9 points in a 3x3 square grid
 A Euclidean Puzzle
 The Swarm of Triangles
 The Greek Cross Puzzle  dissect one large greek cross into two equal smaller
 The Fly on the Rotating Disk
 The Cube and the Pyramid Puzzle  dissect cube into 3 identical pyramids
 A Paradoxical Train Puzzle
 Euclid's Famous FortySeventh
 The Fly on the Octahedron
 The Spiral Puzzle
 IX. Labyrinths and Mystic Mazes
 The Egyptian Labyrinth  near Lake Moeris, by King Ameneambe c. 2300BC
 The Cretan Labyrinth
 The Samian Labyrinth  Island of Samos during reign of Polycrates c. 500BC
 The Maze of Sens Cathedral
 The Maze of Saint Quentin
 The Maze of Saint Owen
 The Maze of Bayeaux Cathedral
 The Mazes of Safron Walden and Sneiton
 The Mazes of Hampton Court and Versailles
 right hand rule, broken line mazes
 X. Dissected and Cluster Puzzles
 Simple Cutout Puzzles
 The Dissected Snake Puzzle
 Jigsaw Puzzles
 The Chinese ZigZag Puzzle  cut up rectangular block
 The Dissected Die Puzzle  The Spots Puzzle
 The Dovetail Puzzle  trick dovetail joint, no lock
 Cluster, Parisian, or Gordian Knot puzzles (Burrs)
 The CrossKeys Puzzle  eq. to OCC
 The Bonbon or Nut Puzzle  eq. Hoffmann Ch.III.No.XXXIII
 Other Cluster Puzzles 
Cluster, Cluster of Clusters, Gun Cluster, Point Cluster, Flat Cluster, Secret Table, Kumiki Barrel, Ball, Egg/Football
 XI. Picture Puzzles and Rebuses
 several  including...
 Sam Loyd's "Jassack" (eq. Bucephale)
 Dead Dogs
 The Manx Rabbit Puzzle  arrange three rabbits so they have 3 ears among them.
 The Head in the Landscape Puzzle
 Find the Man's Wife Puzzle  invented by Dudeney  logically deduce pairings among six men and six women pictured
 XII. Letter, Word and CrossWord Puzzles
 Index



Puzzles in Wood
Edwin M. Wyatt Copyright 1928 The Bruce Publishing Company Fourth Printing 1939
 CutUp "T" (=Pa's T)
 CutUp Cross (=Shackman What's Your Score Cross)
 CutUp Square 1 (=tangram)
 CutUp Square 2 (=Crestline Mystic Wedge)
 Impossible Area (8x8=5x13, as L'Echiquier Fantastique)
 BandSawed Sphere (=3D Jigsaw Sphere)
 BandSawed Square Prism (like Venus Key)
 Turned Box with Combination Lock Lid
 The Bewitching Cubes (=6cube Instant Insanity)
 Shuffle Puzzle 1 (=15)
 Shuffle Puzzle 2 (=Dad's)
 Peg and Disc Puzzle (=Towers of Hanoi)

 The "Cross" Plug Puzzle (circle/plus/square plug)
 The "Wedge" Plug Puzzle (square/triangle/circle plug)
 A SteamedWood Puzzle
 Wood Fan
 Bottled Cross
 Savings Bank
 ThreePiece Cross (=Triple Cross)
 ThreePiece Burr Puzzle (another 3piece burr)
 SixPiece Burr (15 assemblies from 13 length8 pieces: AJVTOYNFHDMBI)
 Diagonal SixPiece Burr
 NinePiece Burr (=Marian's Puzzle?)
 The Cross Burr (12 pieces)
 The TwelvePiece Burr Puzzle (=Altekruse)
 FifteenPiece Burr
 The Great Pagoda or NineteenPiece Burr
 Jackstraws

 Polyburr
 BuiltUp Cube (=Kumiki Cube)
 The Grill (=Dovetail)
 Locked Links
 The Double Dovetail
 The Impossible Dovetail Joint (=Danzig's Dilemma but no lock)
 DoubleLock Dovetail Joint
 TwoWay Fanned HalfLap Joint
 Wooden Log Chain
 Caged Balls
 The Magic Drawer
 The Mysterious Coin Purse (=Penny Safe)
 The Coin Bank
 Oriental Jewel Box with Secret Lock
 Secret Lock Tool Box
 Desk Companion with Secret Stamp Compartment
 Hidden KeyandLock Jewel Box



Wonders in Wood
(sequel to Puzzles in Wood)
Edwin M. Wyatt
Linden Publishing Inc. 1997 (orig. pub. 1946)
 The Tetrahedron or Triangular Pyramid (=2piece pyramid)
 Nest of Toys (=nesting furniture)
 ThreeDimensional Jigsaw (like cowboy)
 CutUp Checkerboard (14 pieces)
 SixPointed Star
 Squaring Triangles (like Loculus of Archimedes)
 BuiltUp Trapezoid
 BuiltUp Square (=Egyptian Puzzle)
 Lost Area (13x13=8x21)
 Solitaire Marble Game Board
 Marbles in a Maze
 Solitaire Checkerboard (circular 13hole)
 Fore and Aft (=Setko)
 Shuffle Box Number One (14 blocks)
 Shuffle Box Number Two (11 blocks)

 DoubleDouble Dovetail Joint
 Triple Dovetail Puzzle
 Double Cross (3piece burr)
 EighteenPiece Double Cross (=Arjeu CT718 ?)
 Quadruple Burr
 The Snowflake (burr)
 Chestnut Burr
 Toy Chair
 Enchanted Dice (=6cube Instant Insanity)
 CrossBarred Ball Cage
 Concentric Spheres
 Wooden Pliers
 Scissors
 E Puzzle (imp. obj.)
 Wooden Valentine (imp. obj.)

 Draftsman's Dream
 SixPiece Ball Puzzle
 Cocklebur
 The Floating Magnet
 The Mysterious Block (magic trick)
 The Lie Detector
 Fake Pop Gun
 Plugged Bottle (imp. obj.)
 Disappearing Coin Device (magic trick)
 Counterfeit Machine
 Dominoes
 String Puzzle (magic trick)
 BuiltUp Turned Work
 Rope Border
 Marquetry
 Geometrical or Chip Carving



100 Puzzles  How to Make and Solve Them
Anthony S. Filipiak A. S. Barnes and Company New York 1942
I found one cheap, but it seems to be pretty rare.
I've seen it going for anywhere from $70 to over $400.
The dust jacket on mine is mostly intact and shows several puzzles which aren't even mentioned in the book!
The Star and Crescent, Valspar, Boot and Hand, and U2 tanglements are all pictured but not discussed.
The Kumiki motorcycle and tank aren't, either, but the cube and gun are.
I suppose there is something to be said for modern truthinadvertising laws.
 Shifting Block Puzzles  19, 9, 5, 11, 15, 10, and 27 blocks
 Straight Line Peg Puzzles  Jumping, Flipping in Pairs
 Circle Peg Puzzles
 Checker Board Puzzles
 Checker Board String Puzzles
 Chinese Chess Board
 String Puzzles
 Glass Topped Box Puzzles
 Six Piece Burr Puzzle
 Wood Design Puzzles (Kumiki)
 Geometric Design Puzzles
 Miscellaneous Puzzles (incl. 4 Ace Puzzle like Katzenjammer, also an original bolt and washer)


Mathematical Puzzles and Other Brain Twisters
100 Man Made Problems  How to Make and Solve Them
Anthony S. Filipiak A. S. Barnes and Company New York 1942
Same contents as above.


New Mathematical Pastimes
Maj. Percy MacMahon
Paul Garcia and Tarquin Reprints 2004
Reprinting of the Cambridge University Press 1930 Edition 2nd Impression
www.mathsite.co.uk
 Part I  Pastimes Based Upon Simple Geometrical Forms
 DoubleSix Dominoes
 Equilateral Triangles (4 colors in 3 compartments per triangle = 24 tiles; see Contack)
 Square Pastimes (3 colors in 4 compartments per square = 24 tiles)
 (5 colors in 4 compartments, no repetition = 30 tiles; if all must have a given color, then 24 tiles)
 RightAngled Triangle Pastimes
 The Cube Pastime (6 colors all faces different = 30 cubes; MacMahon Colored Cubes / Mayblox)
 Pastimes Based Upon the Regular Hexagon (6 colors, always same pair at north and south = 24 tiles)
 Part II  The Transformation of Part I
 (Shaped Edges in Lieu of Colors)
 Part III  The Design of "Repeating Patterns" or Decorative Work


Mathematical Recreations and Essays
W.W. Rouse Ball (revised by H.S.M. Coxeter)
Macmillan 11th ed. 6th printing 1973
Fourteen chapters:
 I. Arithmetical Recreations
 II. Arithmetical Recreations (continued)
 III. Geometrical Recreations
 IV. Geometrical Recreations (continued)
 V. Polyhedra
 VI. ChessBoard Recreations
 VII. Magic Squares

 VIII. MapColouring Problems
 IX. Unicursal Problems
 X. Kirkman's SchoolGirls Problem
 XI. Miscellaneous Problems
 XII. Three Classical Geometrical Problems
 XIII. Calculating Prodigies
 XIV. Cryprography and Cryptanalysis

Some of my favorites:
 Geometrical Paradoxes (e.g. L'Echiquier Fantastique / L'Incroyable) p.84
 triangular edgematch p.111
 MacMahon color cubes p.112
 Great Northern Puzzle (shunting) p.114
 ChifuChemulpo (shunting) p.115
 ferryboat problems p.116
 Third Problem with Pawns (e.g. ForeandAft) p.124
 The Eight Queens Problem p.165
 Guarini's Problem (e.g. Knights Exchange on 3x3) p.188
 Latin Squares and the Magic Card Square (e.g. Bali Buttons) p.189
 Euler's Problem (The Seven Bridges of Koenigsberg) p.242


Mathematical Snapshots
Hugo Steinhaus
Dover edition 1999  reprint of 1983 edition  copyright 1950
 Triangles, Squares, and Games
 Rectangles, Numbers, and Tunes
 Weighing, Measuring, and Fair Division
 Tessellations, Mixing of LIquids, Measuring Areas and Lengths
 Shortest Paths, Locating Schools, and Pursuing Ships
 Straight Lines, Circles, Symmetry, and Optical Illusions
 Cubes, Spiders, Honeycombs, and Bricks
 Platonic Solids, Crystals, Bees' Heads, and Soap
 SoapBubbles, Earth and Moon, Maps, and Dates
 Squirrels, Screws, Candles, Tunes, and Shadows
 Surfaces Made of Straight Lines, the Chain, the Toycart, and the Minimal Surface
 Platonic Bodies Again, Crossing Bridges, Tying Knots, Coloring Maps, and Combing Hair
 Board of Fortune, Frogs, Freshmen, and Sunflowers


You can peruse Sam Loyd's Cyclopedia of 5000 Puzzles online at
Ed Pegg's site.
Also check Donald Knuth's index.


Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd Volume One
ed. by Martin Gardner Dover Publications 1959


More Mathematical Puzzles of Sam Loyd
ed. by Martin Gardner Dover Publications 1960
 The Switch Problem (shunting) p.18


536 Puzzles & Curious Problems
Henry Ernest Dudeney
428pp.
1967 Charles Scribner's Sons
ISBN10: 0684717557
Arithmetical and Algebraical Problems
 Money Puzzles
 Age Puzzles
 Clock Puzzles
 Speed and Distance Puzzles
 Weight Puzzles
 Digital Puzzles
 Skeleton Puzzles
 Cryptarithm Puzzles
 Miscellaneous Puzzles
Geometrical Problems
 Triangle, Square, and Other Polygon Puzzles
 Circle Puzzles
 DividingthePlane Puzzles
 Plane Geometry Puzzles
 Solid Geometry Puzzles
 Dissection Puzzles
 Paper Folding Puzzles
 Moving Counter Puzzles

Combinatorial and Topological Problems
 Magic Square Puzzles
 Magic Star Puzzles
 Liquid Pouring Puzzles
 Route and Network Puzzles
 Point Alignment Puzzles
 Map Coloring Puzzles
 Miscellaneous Combinatorial Puzzles
Game Puzzles
Domino Puzzles
Match Puzzles
Unclassified Puzzles
Answers



The 1917 book Amusements in Mathematics by the noted British Puzzler Henry Ernest Dudeney
is available online to read or for free download at
Project Gutenberg.
I also have the softcover Dover edition, copyright 1970.
Many fascinating topics of potential interest to the mechanical puzzle afficionado.


Puzzles and Paradoxes
Thomas H. O'Beirne Oxford University Press 1965
 One More River to Cross
 False Coins and Trial Balances
 New Weighs With False Coins
 Jug and Bottle Department
 A Gamut of Geometry from A to Y
 RaceTrack Problems and Legal Fictions
 Cubism and Colour Arrangements
 Gamesman, Spare That Tree
 "Nim" You Say, and "Nim" It Is
 Ten Divisions Lead to Easter
 Problematic Lies and Unexpected Truths
 A Christmas Cracker With 100 Birds


Madachy's Mathematical Recreations
by Joseph S. Madachy, (c) 1966, 1979  pub. by Dover, NY
Nice sections on geometric dissections, and chessboard placement problems.


Everybody's Illustrated Book of Puzzles 
Seven Hundred and Ninetyfour Rebuses, Puzzles, Enigmas, Etc., with Answers.
Don Lemon Saxon 1890
Download this from
The Internet Archive.
"Don Lemon" is a pseudonym of Eli Lemon Sheldon who, according to Greg Frederickson in Dissections: Plane & Fancy,
was an American mortgage broker posted in London. Sheldon was born in Michigan in 1848 and died in London in 1892.
Sheldon's wife, May French Sheldon, has a
Wikipedia
entry.
 No. 33.  A Card Board Puzzle  (5piece classic dissected cross)
 No. 58.  Card Board Puzzle  (2piece stairstep dissected rectangle)
 No. 93.  The Grasping Landlord  (draw boundary to divide area)
 No. 99.  Entangled Scissors  (classic loop through one handle on the other)
 No. 105.  The Carpenter's Puzzle  (from a 3x3 square with holes at the grid points, cut a square 1/4 its size with no holes  incorrect answer given!?)
 No. 127.  The Square and Circle Puzzle  (square dissection into four equal pieces, each containing 3 marks)
 No. 140.  Cardboard Puzzle  (cut a 3x5 card so you can step through it)
 No. 151.  The Three Jealous Husbands  (River crossing  get 3 couples across by twos so that no wife is with one or two men unless her husband is present  he credits Alcuin)
 No. 167.  Problem of Money  (put 10 nickels in a row; pick up any one and place it on another, passing over 10 cents. Repeat until no single nickels left.)
4>1, 7>3, 5>9, 2>6, 8>10
 No. 175.  Octagon Puzzle  (dissect an octagon area with 12 marks  divide into four parts with 3 marks in each)
 No. 180.  The Landlord Tricked  (Survivor problem  21 people  count out every 7th  last pays bill)
begin count at 6th from target
 No. 202.  A Trick Puzzle  (sliding 15 piece)
 No. 221.  Magic Squares  (arrange the numbers 1 to 81 into a magic square  rows, cols, diags same sum remove marginal #s and still have a magic square, repeat until one number remains which will be the GCD of the sums of the several squares)
 No. 229.  The Square Puzzle  (cut out 9 given irregular pieces and make a square)
 No. 244.  A Mathematical Nut  (specify four weights that sum to 40 and can be used to weigh any integral weight from 1 to 40)
1,3,9,27
 No. 251.  The Knight's Puzzle  (8x8 grid with syllables in each square  devise a knight's tour to spell out a verse of poetry)
 No. 259.  The Divided Garden  (divide a square with square hole and 10 marks into 5 equal pieces, each containing 2 marks)
 No. 275.  The Puzzle of Fourteen  (14 pieces to be cut out and formed into a rectangle)
 No. 326.  The Yankee Square  (11 pieces to be cut out and formed into a square)
 No. 350.  One Line  One Counter Puzzle  (6x6 queens)
 No. 369.  The Maltese Cross Squared  (divide a Maltese Cross using two straight cuts into four pieces that can form a square  see Adam's Square and Cross in my Transformations section of Assembly puzzles)

 No. 413.  Geometrical Puzzle  (square with 1 quadrant missing  divide into 4 equal parts  see The Land Puzzle in my Other Geometric Dissections section of Assembly puzzles)
 No. 446.  The Puzzle Wall  (draw a boundary that excludes four points from the center)
 No. 450.  Crossing the River  (missionaries & cannibals)
 No. 464.  Crossette  (10 circles in a circle  start anywhere, count that 1, next 2, next in same direction 3, next 4. Cross off the one counted 4. Start again from any circle not crossed off. Count crossed off circles, too. Try to cross out all the circles)
 No. 469.  The Ingenious Servant  (23 bottles are arranged in a square 252 / 55 / 252, i.e. 9 along a side; remove four and rearrange so there are still 9 along each side, then repeat)
 No. 489.  The Crown Problem  (place ten checkers in a row; lift a man and pass over two men, crown the next man. Continue until all are kings. Same as No. 167? Diff. sol'n given)
4>1, 6>9, 8>3, 2>5, 7>10
 No. 497.  The Prisoners in the Tower  (use 2 baskets on one rope the height of the tower through a pulley to shuttle 4 weights (195,105,90,75  first 3 are people) from the tower to the ground  ensure weight in descending basket with person cannot exceed ascending weight by more than 15 pounds; max two people or one person and chain in a basket)
 No. 506.  A Trick for Clever Pencils  (unicursal figure)
 No. 513.  The Card Square  (make a square from 16 given triangles)
 No. 532.  The Magic Octagon  (same pieces as French boxed Jeu de l'Octogone)
 No. 535.  The Puzzling Pearls  (same as "The Great American Ball Blue 9 Puzzle" shown in my Counting Puzzles section)
 No. 542.  The Nine Digits  (3x3 magic square)
 No. 563.  Transformation Puzzle  (6 squares with patterns  arrange to form words)
 No. 610.  The Puzzle Board  (find tour of words on a 6x6 grid to make a familiar stanza of poetry)
 No. 620.  The Parallelogram Puzzle  (same as No. 58!)
 No. 652.  The Legacy  (divide 19 items among 3 such that the 1st gets 1/2, the 2nd gets 1/4, and the 3rd 1/5th)
 No. 658.  Missing Letters  (what 2 letters appended to these words make other words? aught, one, edge, own, awl, ought)
 No. 660.  The Philosopher's Puzzle  (halve the light from a yard square window  i.e. the area  while keeping it square and 1 yard tall by 1 yard wide)
 No. 729.  A Cut Up Puzzle  (12 pieces form a square)
 No. 792.  A Puzzling Problem  (survivor problem  15A + 15B, count out by 10s  arrange so A's survive)



The Twentieth Century Standard Puzzle Book
1907 Routledge, London  A. Cyril Pearson


The Magician's Own Book
1862  Arnold, George (18341865) & Cahill, Frank
I don't have a physical copy, but this book can be downloaded from
www.archive.org.


Gibeciere Vol. 4, No. 2
A back issue of the journal of The Conjuring Arts Research Center 
(website here)
This issue includes a complete translation of Pablo Minguet y Irol's
1733 book Engaños à Ojos Vistas which contains an early mention of a sixpiece burr puzzle.


Engaños a Ojos Vistas  by Pablo Minguet E Irol
An 18th century book containing among other puzzles an early depiction of a sixpiece burr.
A kind gift  thanks, Primitivo!

Electives
This section contains books that focus in detail on one particular subcategory of puzzle,
such as Sliding Block Puzzles, Polyominoes, Tangrams, Edgematching Puzzles, Keychain Puzzles, Tanglement Puzzles,
Mazes,
and also some
compendiums/surveys that are part of neither the Core Curriculum nor the Classics.
(Individual books focused on the Rubik's Cube category are numerous enough to warrant their own section.)

The
Oxford University Press
Recreations in Mathematics series edited by
David Singmaster
includes the following books (I have found copies of each of them):

 (1984) Mathematical Byways in Ayling, Beeling, and Ceiling  Hugh ApSimon
 (1985) The Ins and Outs of Peg Solitaire  John D. Beasley
 (1987) Rubik's Cubic Compendium  Erno Rubik, Tamas Varga, Gerszon Keri, Gyorgy Marx, Tamas Verkerdy
 (1986) Sliding Piece Puzzles  L.E. Hordern
 (1989) The Mathematics of Games  John D. Beasley
 (1990) The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections  Stewart T. Coffin
 (1990) More Mathematical Byways  Hugh ApSimon


There was also a book called "Recreations in Mathematics" by H. E. Licks (Helix?) published in 1917 by Van Nostrand.
It is available as a PDF for free download
here.
I found this link at
The Online Books Page at the University of Pennsylvania.
Subjects covered in the book include: The Fifteen Puzzle, Magic Squares, Geometric Fallacies (such as L'Echiquier Fantastique),
Map Coloring, the Cells of the Honeybee, the Sun Dial, and the Diaphote hoax.
Here are other links to free online books on the topic of Mathematical Recreations.
Also take a look at free online books on Puzzles.


Polyominoes
Solomon W. Golomb
Table of contents of the revised edition.
Read about polyominoes at Mathworld.
More from Jan Kok.


Spiele mit Pentakuben
Ekkehard Kunzell
See
Kunzell's website.


Pentomino Puzzles by
Eric Harshbarger


Geometric Magic Squares  Lee Sallows 2013 Dover
See the Wikipedia article on Geometric Magic Square.
See Sallows' website.
I was reading about a puzzle called Cubic Matters exchanged at IPP34 by YeeDian Lee
and voted by James Dalgety as one of his best finds of 2014 
this inspired me to read up more on Sallows' mathematical discoveries. Very interesting!
The set of pieces and the ways they can be combined to form cubes are shown in the diagram below.


The Tangram Book
Jerry Slocum


The Anchor Puzzle Book
Jerry Slocum
I purchased a signed copy at IPP32.


The Eighth Book of Tan
Sam Loyd


The 15 Puzzle
Jerry Slocum


RomanoCeltic Mask Puzzle Padlocks 
by Jerry Slocum and Dic Sonneveld


The Puzzle Arcade
1996 Klutz Jerry Slocum
A fun, portable, selfcontained puzzle kit  including all the actual puzzles:
 The Buttonhole Killer Pencil
 Playing Card Puzzle
 Sam Loyd's Mules (get two riders on two mules)
 The Richter Cross
 The Wheel of Disappearing Pirates (Get Off the Earth)
 Illusion Puzzles
 The Wired Heart
 The Pyramid
 Heads & Tails Puzzle (Edge Matching)
 Stick Puzzles (Matchstick figures & transformations)
 The Bulldog (String through holes)
 The Broken Heart (OxYoke)
 The Trapdoor Maze (clever multipage maze with holes in pages)
 Picture Puzzles
 a bonus ISpytype puzzle inside the back cover


The World's Best Paper Puzzles
Jerry Slocum & Jack Botermans
Aug 2011  Sterling Publishing
64 pp.
includes: Keyhole String Puzzle, and several cardboard punchout puzzles 
Four Fit, Witch Hazel's Cats, White Rose 'T', Lox in Box II, Mysto Squares (14 pc. 8x8 checkerboard),
Pythagoras Anchor puzzle (tangram)

Untangle the Pieces
 The Asian Face, Michelin Man, Teddy Bear p.36
 Solomon's Seal (animal bones  TumenUlzi) p.37
 Pacioli's String Puzzles  Teddy Bear, Un Coeur en Peine, Asian Face (Vantine's Oriental Perfumes) p.38
 Tennessee Jed Cowboy  TipTop Bread, Daily InterOcean Lady in Red, Aunt Jemima, Friedman's Oleomargarine p.39
 Michelin String Puzzle, Wit's End (patented by Robert Boomhower 1968) p.40
 Michelin Man String Puzzle (Cherries), Sam Loyd's Buttonhole Puzzle p.41
 Russian Love Secret and Step  Kirill Grebnev p.42
It's Moving Time!
 The 15 Puzzle, A New Game (aka 8Point  Darton 1819, 1830) pp.43,4,5
 [Peg] Solitaire pp.46,7
 The Great 13 Puzzle (patented Breitenbach 1899), modern version = Thinkfun's Hoppers (Nob) p.48
 HopOver, Anglais & Boërs
 Coronation Puzzle, Put Hitler in the Dog House p.50
 Les Bourgeois Dupés, Aux Quatre Coins p.51
 Tokyo Parking, Rush Hour, Frustr8tor p.52
 Iwahiro's Jam Puzzles (Triangular Jam, Rectangular Jam, Pentangular Jam) p.53
 Pike's Peak or Bust, The Eclipse (Myart Manufacturing Company 1936) p.54
Now You See It, Now You Don't
 L'Incroyable (aka L'Echiquier Fantastique) p.55
 College Toffee Boys, Au Bon Marche, The Disappearing Bicyclist, Great Baseball Puzzle (1912) p.56
 Solutions pp.5763
 Index p.64



Matchstick Puzzles
Jack Botermans


A Century of Checkerboard Puzzles Additional Checkerboard Puzzle Designs
Jacques Haubrich


Compendium of Card Matching Puzzles (volumes 13)
and
About, Beyond, and Behind Card Matching Puzzles
Jacques Haubrich
1995, 1996, 2002


ApArt  A Compendium of Puzzle Designs
Stewart Coffin


Puzzle Instructions and Ephemera
Stewart Coffin


R. Journet & Company.
A Brief History of the Company & its Puzzles
James Dalgety
See the
Journet section on my dexterity page.
Additional images inside this booklet:


Puzzle Master Solution Booklet for Wire Puzzles
Copyright 2004 Puzzle Master Inc.
Purchased in Montreal at Boutique Strategie.
 King Cobra
 Heart Breaker
 Handcuffs
 Iron Maiden
 "A" Puzzle
 Lion's Lair
 Jester
 Beetle Bug
 Wedding Vows
 The Rack

 Scorpion
 Mosquito
 Silent E
 Cupid's Dart
 Cowboy's Hobble
 Catacombs
 Fantastic Five
 Rat Race

 Black Widow
 Infinity
 Blue Knight
 Mirror Image
 Annihilator
 Sidewinder
 ManOWar
 Anomaly
 Derringer
 Parallel Dimensions

 Scorpion's Sting
 Arrow Dynamics
 Tree Puzzle
Missing:
 Butterfly's Revenge
 G Factor
 The Yak



Compendium of Over 10500 Wire Puzzles
Seventh Edition Dec. 2003
Richard I. Hess


Ingenious Ring Puzzle Book
by ChungEn Yu
Translation into English by Yenna Wu
Printing from IPP4 held in 1981


Les Cassetete recreatifs a la "Belle Epoque"  by Genevieve Perrot and Francoise Mahy
[website]
A nice compendium documenting vintage French boxed puzzles of all types.
Purchased from the authors.


Compendium of French Boxed Puzzles 18601930  by Dario Uri
Dario Uri of Italy has produced a beautiful compendium of French Boxed Puzzles.
Dario very kindly sent me a copy. Thanks very much, Dario!


The Glass Puzzle Answer Book Toyo Glass
Contains solutions for the following Toyo Glass puzzles:
 Pack the Plums
 Pack the Rice Crackers
 Pineapple Delight
 AMaizeIng
 Pack the Orange
 Java Tea
 On The Rocks
 Hole in One
 Cross Cross
 TongariKun and Roppongi
 Super Cross
 Assembling Puzzle
 ... (I have omitted impossible object, tanglements, dexterity, solitaire, vanishes) ...

 Red All Through
 Checkers
 Pile'Em Up (Six Pieces)
 Starry Skies
 Pile'Em Up Orange
 Happy Hearts
 Green Grocer
 Animal Land
 Bill Cutler's Bin Cross
 Bottleneck
 Magical Bottle Bolt & Nut
 Magical Bottle Double Super
 Sliding Puzzle Sixteen

Sadly, no solution for Packed in Tokyo or Peanuts.


The Collector's Guide to Cluster Puzzles of the 1960s and 1970s
Kelvin Palmer


Coin Games and Puzzles
Maxey Brooke
Dover Publications 1973
originally published as "Fun For the Money" by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1963


The Jigsaw Puzzle: Piecing Together a History
Anne D. Williams 2004 The Penguin Group
 1. Bringing Order Out of Chaos
 2. From Schoolroom to Playroom
 3. GrownUps Turn to CutUps
 4. The Great Depression Mania
 5. The Forties and Beyond
 6. Luxury Puzzles
 7. Pieces of Marketing
 8. Collecting and Collections
 9. The Sum of All the Pieces
 Appendix A: Making Jigsaw Puzzles for Fun or for Sale
 Appendix B: Selected Websites for Puzzlers
 Endnotes
 Selected Bibliography
 Index


Antologica Berrocal


George Hardy is an expert on Anchor Stone building blocks and puzzles.
You can download a copy of George's book
Richter's Anchor Stone Building Sets,
which includes some info about the Anchor puzzles, from
ankerstein.de.


The Circle Puzzler's Manual Doug Engel
Doug's Circle Puzzler's Manual is
hosted online at Jaap's Puzzle Page.


Neo Sliding Block Puzzles
A spiral bound compendium (two parts combined into one booklet) I bought from Serhiy Grabarchuk at IPP28 in Prague


Toys That Shoot and Other Neat Stuff
James Dundas 1998
Has a section on keychain puzzles on pages 70 through 80.
Dundas shows about 70 puzzles and suggests rarity and dollar values for them.


Compendium of Keychain Puzzles and Mini Plastic Interlocking Puzzles
Jerry Slocum, William Waite, and Contributors
First Edition  465 Puzzles  August 2011
The Slocum Puzzle Foundation


Compendium of Keychain Puzzles and Mini Plastic Interlocking Puzzles
Jerry Slocum, William Waite, and Contributors
Second Edition  August 2015
I was able to contribute a couple of entries,
and the Compendium includes a link to
Rob's Puzzle Page Keychain Puzzles Page!


Impossible Folding With Allen Rolfs
Allen Rolfs
IPP 28 Prague 2008


The Amazing Book of Mazes Adrian Fisher


Secrets of the Maze Adrian Fisher


Mind Boggling Mazes and Loopy Labyrinths Klaus Eid, et al

Extra Credit
This section contains books that explore mathematics and computer science topics,
and the theoretical
underpinnings of the analysis of puzzles, solution strategies, and complexity.
It also contains collections of essays on puzzle topics.


Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays, Vol. 4, 2nd Ed.
2004 Elwyn R. Berlekamp, John H. Conway, Richard K. Guy
Selected contents of interest to mechanical puzzlers...
 Purging Pegs Properly  Peg Solitaire
 Pursuing Puzzles Purposefully  Soma, Wire and String, Rubik's Cube, Sliding Block
 What Is Life?  Conway's Game of Life

Winning Ways For Your Mathematical Plays,
by Elwyn R. Berlekamp, John H. Conway, and Richard K. Guy,
is divided into four volumes.
I have those shown above.


Ancient Puzzles
Dominic Olivastro
280pp.
1993 Bantam Books
ISBN 0553372971
 Introduction
 The First Etches
 The Ishango Bone 9000/11000/20000BP
 The Entrance Into All Obscure Secrets
 On A Temple Roof
 The Temple of Kurna 1400BC  Pentalpha, Mill
 To Measure the Heavens
 Nine Chapters  China 200BC
 Bhaskara  Lilavati  Behold
 Tangrams
 On a Turtle Shell
 Magic Square  Lo Shu  400BC
 Albrecht Durer  Melencolia I  1514
 Pandiagonal Squares

 Speak, Who Can
 Alcuin of York ca 800AD
 river crossing problems 17,18,19
 Tartaglia (Niccolo Fontana)  measuring wine 3,5,8 > 4,4  ca 1500AD
 Leofric Bishop of Exeter  ribald riddles
 I Was Regarded With Astonishment
 Abu Kamil  Book of Precious Things  900AD
 alKhowarezmi  Algebr w'alMugabala
 Archimedes  The Number of the Cattle of the Sun
 The Merhcants of Pisa and the Digits of the Hindus
 Liber Abaci  Fibonacci 1202AD
 coin weighing problems
 Graphs and Puzzles
 Bridges of Koenigsberg  Euler Walk
 Postscript



The Greatest Puzzles of All Time
by Matthew J. Costello
Copyright 1988, Dover Publications Inc. NY, softcvr, 181pp.
A nice survey across most of the bestknown and classic puzzles, with some nuggets about which I had not previously heard.
 The First Puzzles
 Magic Squares, carried by people as Amulets in China ca. 2400 B.C.
 Riddles, word puzzles  ca. 2500 B.C.
 William Hogarth, "Two Anglers by a River", engraving by Thomas Cook, for
Brook Taylor frontispiece 1755

Bukhara Camel, 16th century
 Rebuses
 Tangrams
 Don Lemon's Everybody's Illustrated Book of Puzzles
 Missionaries & Cannibals
 Birth of a Mania: The Invention of the Crossword Puzzle
 Through the Looking Glass: The Puzzles of Lewis Carroll
 Sam Loyd and the Vanishing Puzzle
 The Quarrelsome Neighbors (connect 3 houses to 3 gates)
 Trick Mules
 The Pony Puzzle (Bucephale)
 The 1415 Puzzle
 Get Off the Earth vanish
 Mel Stover's Pencil Puzzle
 Hoop Snake
 Back From the Klondike (number/step maze)
 Interlude I  About Henry Dudeney
 Mazes  The Lure of the Labyrinth
 Houdini, the Incredible Johnny Eck, and the Shadow
 Interlude II  About Walter B. Gibson
 ADFGX! Get Out Your Amazing Decoder Ring

 Hoaxes, Hokum, and Real Horrors
 The Road to Riches
 Martin Gardner  The Dean of American Puzzlers
 More than Meets the Eye
 Currier & Ives
 Norman Rockwell  Saturday Evening Post  April 3, 1943 cover
 Peter Newell's Topsy Turvys
 Anamorphosis pictures  Erhard Schön
 other optical illusions
 3D Puzzles
 (meaning, mechanical puzzles  he refers to Jerry Slocum)
 matchstick, coins, peg solitaire, tower of Hanoi, sectional checkerboard, Dudeney's Broken Chessboard (shows pieces),
Hathaway's New H puzzle (6piece dissected letter H), polyominoes, mentions Hordern's collection of sliding piece puzzles, Le Moulin Rouge, Sam Loyd's Moving Day, Dudeney's Four Frogs, Dudeney's Railway Puzzle,
Don Rubin (like Rush Hour), sokoban, Rubik's cube, Nichol's cube, Rubik's Magic, Optical Conclusions, Jenga, Berrocal Richelieu, Cofanetto, Stewart Coffin's Jupiter
 Murder and Mayhem
 David Landau  Murder to Go
 Hoyle  Crime Buster
 Baffle Book 1929
 New Puzzles and Puzzlers
 Raymond Smullyan
 Douglas St. P. Barnard



The Greatest Puzzles Ever Solved
by Tim Dedopulos
2009 Carlton Books Ltd.


Dissections: Plane & Fancy
Greg N. Frederickson
Cambridge University Press 1997


Hinged Dissections: Swinging & Twisting
Greg N. Frederickson
Cambridge University Press 2002


Geometric Dissections
Harry Lindgren


Games, Puzzles, & Computation
Hearn, Demaine
A K Peters 2009
[
Amazon link]
 Introduction
 I. Games in General
 The ConstraintLogic Formalism
 ConstraintLogic Games
 ZeroPlayer Games (Simulations)
 OnePlayer Games (Puzzles)
 TwoPlayer Games
 Team Games
 Perspectives on Part I

 II. Games in Particular
 OnePlayer Games (Puzzles)
 TipOver
 Hitori
 SlidingBlock Puzzles
 The Warehouseman's Problem
 SlidingCoin Puzzles
 Plank Puzzles
 Sokoban
 Push2F
 Rush Hour
 Triangular Rush Hour
 Hinged Polygon Dissections
 TwoPlayer Games
 Amazons
 Konane
 Cross Purposes
 Perspectives on Part II
 Conclusions

 Appendices
 A Survey of Games and Their Complexities
 Cellular Automata
 Games of Block Manipulation
 Games of Tokens on Graphs
 PegJumping Games
 Connection Games
 Other Board Games
 Pencil Puzzles
 Formula Games
 Other Games
 Constraint Logic
 Open Problems
 Computational Complexity Reference
 Deterministic Constraint Logic Activation Sequences
 ConstraintLogic Quick Reference



Selected Papers on Fun and Games
Knuth
2011


Famous Puzzles of Great Mathematicians
Miodrag S. Petkovic


Puzzles and Programming
Fadi Jabr


The New Turing Omnibus: SixtySix Excursions in Computer Science
A. K. Dewdney
480pp.
1993 Owl Books
ISBN10: 0805071660
1 Algorithms
2 Finite Automata
3 Systems of Logic
4 Simulation
5 Godel's Theorem
6 Game Trees
7 The Chomsky Hierarchy
8 Random Numbers
9 Mathematical Research
10 Program Correctness
11 Search Trees
12 ErrorCorecting Codes
13 Boolean Logic
14 Regular Languages
15 Time and Space Complexity
16 Genetic Algorithms
17 The Random Access Machine
18 Spline Curves
19 Computer Vision
20 Karnaugh Maps
21 The NewtonRaphson Method
22 Minimum Spanning Trees

23 Generative Grammars
24 Recursion
25 Fast Multiplication
26 Nondeterminism
27 Perceptrons
28 Encoders and Multiplexers
29 CAT Scanning
30 The Partition Problem
31 Turing Machines
32 The Fast Fourier Transform
33 Analog Computing
34 Satisfiability
35 Sequential Sorting
36 Neural Networks That Learn
37 Public Key Cryptography
38 Sequential Cirucits
39 Noncomputerable Functions
40 Heaps and Merges
41 NPCompleteness
42 Number Systems for Computing
43 Storage by Hashing
44 Cellular Automata

45 Cook's Theorem
46 SelfReplicating Computers
47 Storing Images
48 The SCRAM
49 Shannon's Theory
50 Detecting Primes
51 Universal Turing Machines
52 Text Compression
53 Disk Operating Systems
54 NPComplete Problems
55 Iteration and Recursion
56 VLSI Computers
57 Linear Programming
58 Predicate Calculus
59 The Halting Problem
60 Computer Viruses
61 Searching Strings
62 Parallel Computing
63 The Word Problem
64 Logic Programming
65 Relational Data Bases
66 Church's Thesis



The Tinkertoy Computer
A. K. Dewdney
238pp.
1993 W. H. Freeman & Co.
ISBN10: 071672491X


The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid
This is the Taschen edition of the 1847 Pickering coloured edition by Oliver Byrne


The Math Book
Clifford Pickover
2009 Sterling
528 pp.
250 milestones in mathematics, each with a onepage writeup and onepage illustration.


Journey Through Genius  The Great Theorems of Mathematics
William Dunham
1990 John Wiley & Sons  Penguin Books
 Hippocrates' Quadrature of the Lune (ca. 440 B.C.)
 Euclid's Proof of the Pythagorean Theorem (ca. 300 B.C.)
 Euclid and the Infinitude of Primes (ca. 300 B.C.)
 Archimedes' Determination of Circular Area (ca. 225 B.C.)
 Heron's Formula for Triangular Area (ca. A.D. 75)
 Cardano and the Solution of the Cubic (1545)
 A Gem from Isaac Newton (Late 1660s)
 The Bernoullis and the Harmonic Series (1689)
 The Extraordinary Sums of Leonhard Euler (1734)
 A Sampler of Euler's Number Theory (1736)
 The NonDenumerability of the Continuum (1874)
 Cantor and the Transfinite Realm (1891)


The Mathematical Universe  An Alphabetical Journey Through the Great Proofs, Problems, and Personalities
William Dunham
1994 John Wiley & Sons


Mathematics From the Birth of Numbers
Jan Gullberg


The Curse of the Voynich
Nick Pelling
This is a probing look into the history of the enigmatic
Voynich Manuscript.
Dated to the 1400s, the manuscript was discovered in 1912 by the antiquarian book dealer Wilfrid Voynich
in an old trunk in a villa near Rome.
Once thought to have been created by Roger Bacon,
it has resisted all attempts at decipherment, and its true provenance remains shrouded in mystery.
Its baffling text and strange illustrations continue to fascinate researchers.
You can find purchase info about Pelling's exposé at
Compelling Press.
Check out Nick's website,
Cipher Mysteries,
for discussion about other uncracked historical ciphers.


Codebreaker  The History of Secret Communication
Stephen Pincock


3 books by Dr. Richard Hess 
NumberCrunching Math Puzzles  Puzzle Wright Press 2009,
Mental Gymnastics  Dover 2011,
and Golf on the Moon  Dover 2014.

The Gathering For Gardner Books
A series of books of articles by
Gathering For Gardner
(G4G)
participants has been published by A.K. Peters.
As of this writing, six books have been issued:
The Mathemagician and Pied Puzzler 1999
Puzzlers' Tribute  A Feast for the Mind 2002
Tribute to a Mathemagician 2005
A Lifetime of Puzzles  Honoring Martin Gardner 2008
Homage to a Pied Puzzler Feb. 2009
Mathematical Wizardry for a Gardner Apr. 2009
I own those shown below.


The Mathemagician and Pied Puzzler
Ed. by Berlekamp and Rogers
A. K. Peters 1999
I have this as an ebook.
You can get it free from the G4G4 site.
The contents are now available on the G4G Wiki site as
individual PDF files.
A subset of the contents...
 A Maze With Rules  Robert Abbott 
Visit Abbott's website.
 O'Beirne's Hexiamond  Richard K. Guy  describes a solution classification method (e.g. Tenyo #6)
 The Japanese Tangram: The Sei Shonagon Pieces  Shigeo Takagi
 Polly's Flagstones  Stewart Coffin
 Those Peripatetic Pentominoes  Kate Jones
 SelfDesigning Tetraflexagons  Robert E. Neale
 The Odyssey of the Figure Eight Puzzle  Stewart Coffin (aka Possibly Impossible)
 Metagrobolizers of Wire  Rick Irby
 Beautiful But Wrong: The Floating Hourglass Puzzle  Scot Morris
 Cube Puzzles  Jeremiah Farrell
 The Nine Color Puzzle  Sivy Fahri (see Kolor Kraze)
 Twice: A Sliding Block Puzzle  Edward Hordern (invented by Dario Uri)
 Planar Burrs  M. Oskar van Deventer (Nine and OneHalf Moves  see Buffalo Nickel)
 BlockPacking Jambalaya  Bill Cutler (also
on Cutler's website)
 Classification of Mechanical Puzzles and Physical Objects Related to Puzzles  James Dalgety and Edward Hordern
 Hollow Mazes  M. Oskar van Deventer (Wedge of Wallis, see Oskar's Cube in the RouteFinding section)


Puzzlers' Tribute  A Feast for the Mind
David Wolfe, Tom Rodgers Eds.
A. K. Peters Ltd. 2002
A subset of the contents...
 The Eng Coin Vise  Gary Foshee
 David Klarner's Pentacube Towers  C. J. Bouwkamp
 A Scrub Tile Puzzle  Tom Rodgers (Petersen graphs)
 "Impossible Foldings"  Luc De Smet
 Diabolical Puzzles from Japan  Nob Yoshigahara, Mineyuki Uyematsu, Minoru Abe (incl. Minoru's sliding block puzzles)
 How to Outwit the Parity  Serhiy Grabarchuk
 Inflated Pentominoes  Rudolfo Kurchan
 Classic SixPiece Burr Puzzle  Robert J. Lang (origami version of diagonal star)
 A Classification of Burrs  Bill Cutler
 Early Japanese Export Puzzles: 1860s to 1960s  Jerry Slocum and Rik van Grol
 The Partridge Puzzles  Robert Wainwright (see an example in my Packing section)
 The Sol LeWitt Puzzle: A Problem in 16 Squares  Barry Cipra
 Shadows and Plugs  Gwen Roberts
 Y2K Problem of Dominoes and Tatami Carpeting  Yoshiyuki Kotani


Tribute to a Mathemagician
Edited by Barry Cipra, Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, and Tom Rodgers
A. K. Peters Ltd. 2005
A subset of the contents...
 Nob Yoshigahara  Jerry Slocum (In Memoriam)
 Chinese Ceramic Puzzle Vessels  Norman L. Sandfield
 Mongolian Interlocking Puzzles  Jerry Slocum and Frans de Vreugd (see the Sphinx/Turtle puzzle in the Interlocking section)
 FoldandCut Magic  Erik D. Demaine and Martin L. Demaine
 The ThreeLegged Hourglass  M. Oskar van Deventer
 SlidingCoin Puzzles  Erik D. Demaine and Martin L. Demaine
 A History of the TenSquare  A. Ross Eckler
(word squares  see the journal Word Ways)
 Polyform Patterns  Ed Pegg, Jr.
 Another Pentomino Problem  Solomon W. Golomb
 Polyomino Number Theory (III)  Uldis Barbans, Andris Cibulis, Gilbert Lee, Andy Liu, Robert Wainwright
 The Panex Puzzle  Mark Manasse, Danny Sleator, Victor K. Wei, Nick Baxter
 The Complexity of SlidingBlock Puzzles and Plank Puzzles  Robert A. Hearn
(PSPACEcompleteness, slidingblock logic gates)
also see another paper, by Hearn and Demaine (PDF)
also see U.S. patent
3216558  Marsh 1965,
and
Kagen Schaefer's Block Box
also see ref. "Sliding Block Puzzles" in the
Sixth Book of Mathematical Games from Scientific American by Martin Gardner
also see
this FAQ on the NPcompleteness of Minesweeper
also see
David Eppstein's page on the Computational Complexity of Games and Puzzles
also see the Wikipedia entry on Complexity Class
 Hinged Dissections: Swingers, Twisters, Flappers  Greg N. Frederickson
 Rolling Block Mazes  M. Oskar van Deventer


A Lifetime of Puzzles Honoring Martin Gardner
A K Peters 2008
 I. Cast A Spell
 Martin Gardner and His Influence on Magic
 Martin Gardner  Encore!
 LowDown Triple Dealing
 Products of Universal Cycles
 II. In Hindsight
 Tangram: The World's First Puzzle Craze
 De Viribus Quantitatis by Luca Pacioli: The First Recreational Mathematics Book
 Magic and Card Tricks in Luca Pacioli's De Viribus Quantitatis
 III. Move It
 Railway Mazes
 Mechanical Mazes
 Insanity Puzzles: Instant and OntheSpot
 The Adventures of Ant Alice

 IV. Fitting In
 Simplicity
 Extreme Puzzles
 Satterfield's Tomb
 ComputerAssisted Seashell Mosaics
 V. Speak To Me
 Memories and Inconsistencies
 A Bouquet for Gardner
 NetWords: A Fascinating New PencilPaper Game
 The Wizard is Always In
 VI. Making Arrangements
 Symmetric Graphs in Mathematical Puzzles
 Martin Gardenr and Ticktacktoe
 Scheduling Tennis Doubles Competitions
 When Multiplication Mixes Up Digits
 Magic, Antimagic, and Talisman Squares
 Rectangle Arithmetic: Another Slant on Fractions


Shop Class
This section contains books that are intended to help you build puzzles from various materials.


A Compendium of CubeAssembly Puzzles using Polycube Shapes
Kevin Holmes, Rik van Grol
This great little book catalogues the designs of various puzzle cubes assembled from polycube pieces.
With a set of LiveCube and this book, one can have fun for months!
There are 40 3^3, 81 4^3, 16 5^3, and 20 6^3 puzzles described.
You can find this book and others at
Frank Potts' site Potty Puzzles.
Selected contents below...
3^3
 The Diabolical Cube
 The Nine Tricubes (9 nonconvex tricubes)
 Conway's Cube  6x 1x2x2 + 3x 1x1x1
 Mikusinski's Cube (aka the Steinhaus Cube)
 Nob's Cube
 Stewart Coffin's Half Hour Cube
 Coffin's Quartet
 Piet Hein's The Soma Cube
 The Impuzzables
 Cotway's Cube  6x Ntetracube + 3x 1x1x1
 Adrian Fisher's The Minotaur Cube
 Coffin's Quintet
 Kolor Kraze
 Twice Dice
 The Spots Cube
4^3
 Trevor Wood's Holey Squares Cube
 Stewart Coffin's Convolution
 The Bedlam Cube
 Mayer's Cube No. 1 (model 9B)
 Mayer's Cube No. 2 (model 7B)
 Mayer's Cube No. 3 (model 10C)
 King's Court
 Two sets of the eight tetracubes
 Martin Watson's The Dutch Cubist
 Abraxis
 The Tetrepeat Cube  Holmes
 The Eclecticube  Holmes

5^3
 Conway's 17piece packing cube
 Conway's Blocks in a Box
 25 Y pentacubes
 25 N pentacubes
 Stewart Coffin's Wookey Hole
 Pfaffinger No. 208
 Pfaffinger No. 646
 Watson's Wormhole
6^3
 Bill Cutler's Splitting Headache
 Cubic Equation No. 1  (similar to Pentangle's 3456 Pythagoras Revisited)
 54 Ntetracubes
 54 Ttetracubes
 The full set of 35 planar hexacubes plus one additional planar hexacube assmble to a 6^3.
Not every planar hexacube can serve as the extra.



Crafting Wood Logic Puzzles
Self & Lensch


Wooden Puzzles: 20 Handmade Puzzles and Brain Teasers
Brian Menold
176 pp.
Nov. 2016 Taunton Press ISBN 1631863606


New Wood Puzzle Designs
James W. Follette
Here is a link to an article on Follette at woodcentral.com, with some nice photos.


Making Working Wooden Locks
Tim Detwieler


All Screwed Up
John Berkeley


Rose and Twinkleberry's Guide to Building Your Own Puzzles Using Lego Building Blocks
2001 Doug Walker
 PutTogether  Polyominoes, Checkerboard, ...
 Sequential Movement  Sliding Block, Peg Solitaire, ...


The Puzzle Action Pack


3D Puzzles  10 ClassicStyle Sculptural Puzzles to Cut and Construct & Solve
1989 Alan Robbins


Paper Capers
122pp.
Jack Botermans
1986 Henry Holt
ISBN10: 0805001395
See some folded cards
here.


Fast & Funny Paper Toys You Can Make
1991 E. Richard Churchill


M.C. Escher Kaleidocycles
Doris Schattschneider and Wallace Walker
I actually have a folio which includes the 1977 edition and the cardboard sheets.
Here is a link to a nice website about Kaleidocycles.


Magic Arrow Tile Puzzles
Ivan Moscovich


Puzzling Reflections
Ivan Moscovich
1990 Tarquin Publications


The Mirror Puzzle Book
Marion Walter
Tarquin 1986
ISBN 0906212391


Puzzle Craft  Plans for Making and Solving 40 Puzzles
Ed. by Lynn Rohrbough
Cooperative Recreation Service Delaware Ohio, 1930, 1932
Wire Puzzles
 A Clever One (double trapeze)
 Double Stirrup (double trapeze)
 Open Heart (heart on single trapeze)
 Spiral Square
String Puzzles
 Buttonholer
 Heart Puzzle
 Scissors
 Strips
 Yoke Puzzle
Piece Puzzles
 Greek Cross
 Checker Board (14 pc dissection)
 Dice Puzzle
 Five Piece Cross (3 z's & 2 L's)
 H Puzzle
 Letter E
 Square T
 Tangram
Shifting Puzzles
 French Solitaire
 Jump Two
 Migration (Fore & Aft peg solitaire)
 Nine Block (sliding piece)
 Pyramid (Towers of Hanoi)
 Reversible Frogs
 Shuttle Puzzle (mountain goats)

Puzzles of Computation
 Wolf & Goat
 Ba Gwa
 Count Four
 Mathematical Squares
 Star Puzzle
Manipulation Puzzles
 The Bamboo Puzzle
 Devil's Needle (Patience)
 Indian Windmill (propeller rotates when rubbing notched stick)
 Triangle (peg solitaire, side5)
Attention Puzzles
 Circling Dots (for triangle of dots, draw a circle around every dot without lifting pen)
 Japanese Corn Game (Nim)
 Color Squares
 Eight Checkers
 Houdini Puzzle (6 queens)
 Six Nails


Psych. 101
This section contains books about optical illusions, magic, and psychology.


The Paradoxicon
1983 Nicholas Falletta


The Paradox Box
Patrick Hughes
ISBN: 1870003616 (Redstone)
ISBN10: 0877739412 (Shambala 1993)
ISBN10: 1570625123 (Shambala 1999)
Redstone Press
(Julian Rothenstein), with
Shambala Publications
I have the box with cards.


Can You Believe Your Eyes
1992 J. Richard Block and Harold Yuker


Great Book of Optical Illusions
More Optical Illusions
Masters of Deception
Ambiguous Optical Illusions
Al Seckel
Visit Al Seckel's home page.
It's not Seckel's site, but you have to check out the "Rotating Snakes" illusion on
Akiyoshi Kitaoka's page.
It is by far the best rotational movement illusion I have seen!


Visual Illusions
James Kingston 2009 TAJ Books International LLC


The Magic Show
Mark Setteducati, Anne Benkovitz Workman Publishing N.Y.
Check out
Mark's site.


Optical Trix 'n' Kicks
2003 Red Bird Publishing Ltd.
A large folio containing several optical illusions and curiosities.
 instruction booklet
 2 pairs of red/green 3d glasses
 a poster with 3d image of midtown Manhattan, and a dinsoaur
 8 twosided cards of invertible heads
 a flipbook
 4 cards to make penciltops
 21 optical illusion cards
 a pair of the classic "which is bigger" arcs
 a pair of fingertip balancing butterflies
 seattheriders
 a 3piece vanish puzzle
 a 16card neverending mural
 a booklet of handshadow puppets
 4 large mazes
 9 3d mazes, including a jigsaw


Five Star Mind
1995 Tom Wujec

Rubikology
This section contains books about Rubik's Cube and Friends, including solution guides.


The Simple Solutions to Cubic Puzzles
1981 James G. Nourse
 Pyraminx
 Missing Link
 Barrel
 Rubik's Magic Snake
 Picture Cube
 Octagon
 Ranking the Puzzles
 Other Puzzles (e.g. WhipIt, Varikon)


Puzzle It Out


The Simple Solution to Rubik's Cube
1981 James G. Nourse


The Winning Solution
1982 Minh Thai


How To Solve Rubik's Revenge
1982 Jeffrey Adams


The Official Solution to Alexander's Star
1982 Adam Alexander


Unscrambling The Cube
1980 M. Razid Black and Herbert Taylor


Inside Rubik's Cube and Beyond
1982 Christoph Bandelow
 Other Magic Polyhedrons
 Meffert's Pyraminx


Notes on Rubik's Magic Cube
1981 David Singmaster


Adventures in Group Theory
David Joyner


Rubik's Puzzles
1999 Albie Fiore


The Cube
Black Dog & Leventhal 2009
Jerry Slocum, et. al.


Metamagical Themas
Basic Books 1985
Douglas Hofstadter
A collection of 33 chapters or essays, including 26 of Hofstadter's "Metamagical Themas" columns from Scientific American during January 1981 to July 1983.
Hofstadter succeeded Martin Gardner and Martin's "Mathematical Games" column.
Section IV: Structure and Strangeness contains two chapters of interest to Cubers, written during the heyday of the Rubik's Cube craze and discussing analysis and solution techniques, Uwe Meffert's Pyraminx and plans to issue many varied twisty puzzles, and the Skewb.
Also commentary on the Rubik's Cube bust that followed.
 Chapter 14: Magic Cubology (appeared in SA Mar. 1981)
[Google Books]
 Chapter 15: On Crossing the Rubicon (appeared in the July 1982 issue as "Beyond Rubik's Cube")
A table of contents can be found at
cuttheknot.org.


Cube Index: A Visual Guide to Mechanical Puzzles
Limited Edition #17/1000
2018 Brian Kaplan
Cube Index Kickstarter Campaign was funded in May 2017

Additional Reading
Other books that might be of interest to the mechanical puzzler, including collections of graphical, logic,
and word puzzles, as well as some games.


Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities
Ian Stewart


Professor Stewart's Hoard of Mathematical Puzzles
Ian Stewart


The Curious Book of MindBoggling Teasers, Tricks, Puzzles & Games
Charles Barry Townsend


The World's Biggest Puzzle Book
Charles Barry Townsend


The Tokyo Puzzles
Kobon Fujimura  Ed. by Martin Gardner


The Moscow Puzzles
Boris A. Kordemsky  ed. by Martin Gardner
1972 Charles Scribner's Sons


Riddles in Mathematics
Eugene P. Northrop
1945  The English Universities Press Ltd. London


Dictionary of Mathematical Games, Puzzles, and Amusements
Harry Edwin Eiss
Copyright 1988 Greenwood Press


The Puzzle Instinct
Marcel Danesi
Copyright 2002 Indiana University Press


The Puzzle Universe
by Ivan Moscovich


1000 Play Thinks Ivan Moscovich
2001 Workman Publishing Co. Inc. NY large format, spiral bound, 420 pp.
Nick Baxter proofread the book and has an
errata sheet online.
The book contains 1000 puzzles (surprised?)  I will mention some below as I run across those that I believe may be of
particular interest to mechanical puzzlers...
 #8  Consecutive Rectangle Squares
 #12  Arrow Number Boxes; see #416 for the inversion of this
 #52  Colored Dodecagons (edgematching)
 #55  Convex Tangrams
 #56  Domino Patterns
 #61  FaultFree Square
 #205,206  The Tree Game
 #219  Serpent
 #227  (= Mattel Profound Round)
 #231  Crescents of Hippocrates  This brings to mind a potential dissection puzzle 
can the two crescents be dissected into pieces that can be reassembled into the triangle?
According to Greg Frederickson, it's not possible because of the curves.
 #283  Packing Box
 #348  Fitting Shapes

#386  Mathemagic 
In the section that covers magic, Latin, and GrecoLatin squares.
I've seen this as a physical puzzle  I don't have it but it's easy to try on paper.
Arrange the eight numbered blocks in the tray so that no
consecutive numbers adjoin each other orthogonally or diagonally.
The picture does not show a solution.
 #389  Strip Tease  equal to More Madness and Bird's Puzzle
 #397  Magic Triangle I
 #400  Magic Color Shapes  a special problem using Bali Buttons
 p.155  Order10 GrecoLatin Square
 #414  Octopuzzle 2  like Mattel Block Shock
 #417  Cubes in Perspective 2  a 25tile edgematching
 #425  Color Triangles 1  MacMahon
 #432  Hexagons 1  edgematch like Adams
 #435  Abdul Wefa's 9piece three squares to one dissection
 #437  Square Dissected 20  Mystic Wedge
 #439  6piece three squares to one
 #470  Perigal's Puzzle  prove the Pythagorean Theorem
 #470  Pythagorino
 #477  Rectangling Circle  sanddollar to rectangle
 p.182  Packing Unit Squares


The Think Tank
Ivan Moscovich


SuperGames
Ivan Moscovich


Knotty Number Problems
Ivan Moscovich


The New Puzzle Classics
Serhiy Grabarchuk
Sterling 2005
ISBN 1402717420


The Big, Big, Big Book of Brainteasers
by the Grabarchuk family


PuzzleGrams


More PuzzleGrams


Pentagames


Lab Mice Puzzles Volumes 1 & 2
Tom Cutrofello
Check out Tom Cutrofello's new website, Gotta Solve It,
home of Lab Mice puzzles.
(Try some samples.)
Tom organizes the annual New York Puzzle Party.
Martin Watson made me aware of this
online puzzle called 3D Logic
which I think is a kind of 3D version of the Lab Mice idea.


Amazing Backseat Bookamathing
Klutz Staff Scholastic U.S. 1998


Collector's Digest Dexterity Games 1995
LW Book Sales 1995


Merlin's Puzzle Pastimes
Charles Barry Townsend


After Dinner Tricks and Puzzles


Toys and Games From Times Past... and Still Enjoyed Today
George Rice
Historical Folk Toys 2004
I bought this as a souvenir from our visit to
Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine.


New Media Puzzle Workout
Scott Kim


More Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Brain Teasers
Stan Gibilisco


Even More Puzzicles
Alan Robbins


The Ultimate Book of Puzzles, Mathematical Diversions, and Brainteasers
Erwin Brecher


Second Miscellany of Puzzles Mathematical and Otherwise
Stephen Barr
The Macmillan Company 1969 First Printing


Puzzles, Perplexities & Obfuscations
George Hardy


Dr. Broth and Ollie's BrainBoggling Search for the Lost Luggage
2000 Michael Abrams, Jeffrey Winters


The Lady or the Tiger?
1982 Raymond Smullyan


Masquerade
Kit Williams
There have been several "books as puzzles"  this and the following
three are some of the betterknown (surely not the only?) ones.
Here is a link to a pagebypage solution.


The Eleventh Hour
Graeme Base
Wikipedia entry
Clues here


The Egyptian Jukebox
Nick Bantock


Maze  Solve the World's Most Challenging Puzzle
1985 Christopher Manson
Play the Maze book online.
Another online version, with better illustrations.
And here is another (but with the small pix).
The solution is given on Wikipedia.
Here is a review with which I agree, citing the overly inscrutable riddles.


The Rails I Tote
Christopher Manson
Decipher a series of 45 illustrated spoonerisms.
E.g. "keys and parrots" > peas and carrots, "better Nate than lever" > better late than never.


Animalia
Graeme Base
A lavishly illustrated abecediary. The pictures took 3 years to complete.
Each contains numerous, and often hardtospot, items whose names begin with the letter in question.
An "ISpy" type puzzle for each letter, but with no list of items 
you'll be discovering new ones with each rereading  either with your kids or on your own.
In addition, a boy hides in each picture  predating the lessartistic "Where's Waldo."


MENSA Logic Puzzles


Wordplay John Langdon


Hobby Games  The 100 Best Edited by James Lowder
See info at the publisher's site,
greenronin.com.
See a
"companion guide"
by
Matt Tarbit.
Also read some interesting factoids compiled by
Alan De Smet.


Family Games  The 100 Best Edited by James Lowder
See info at the publisher's site,
greenronin.com.


Dice Games Properly Explained Reiner Knizia


Gorey Games
Larry Evans 1979


Puzzle Patterns written and illustrated by Larry Kettelkamp.
William Morrow & Company 1963
A compendium of various brainteasers, aimed at gradeschool kids.


New Book of 200 Puzzles No. 1 Wehman Bros.


Word Winks 2004 Mindware  illus. by Tess Zimmer


The Boardgame Book
R. C. Bell
Copyright 1979 by Marshall Cavendish Ltd.
Published in the USA in 1979 by The Knapp Press
ISBN 0895350076
I have the version in the slipcase.
Bell discusses over 70 games, including Fox and Geese, and the two puzzles Pentalpha and [Peg] Solitaire


The Story of Keys and Locks
by John Stephen, illus. by Terry Maloney
Copyright 1962, Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. NY, Hdcvr, 48pp.
Written for children but an informative little book  I learned about ancient Egyptian wooden locks
(see a good illustration of one
here), the Royal Travelling Lock, RecordKeeping Locks, Jeremiah Chubb's Detector Lock (never picked!), and antiblowtorch safes.


Path Puzzles
by Rod Kimball
Given a grid of cells with various
interconnections at the NSEW sides,
and numbers indicating the cells used
in the corresponding row and column,
find a path from entrance to exit
that satisfies the numeric constraints.
Solvable using deduction.


Meanwhile by Jason Shiga.
Harry N. Abrams 2010
A form of "choose your own adventure" book, but with a complex design and interesting mechanical implementation using tabbed pages.


Journal 29  an intriguing puzzle book
Solve various puzzles and submit answers online
to get keys in order to further progress.


Buried Blueprints: Maps and Sketches of Lost Worlds and Mysterious Places by Albert Lorenz and Joy Schleh
Harry N. Abrams 1999
14 detailed foldout illustrations


Dubious Documents  Nick Bantock  Chronicle Books 2018
ISBN10: 9781452166032


The Librarian's Almanaq  Roy Leban  Almanaq 2015
ISBN10: 0996256806


The Art of Point+Click Adventure Games  from
Bitmap Books
For fellow
adventure game lovers.


Puzzle Galleries and Puzzle Fields  by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Serhiy kindly sent me copies  Thanks, Serhiy!

Souvenir Books, Exhibitions, Catalogues, & Compendiums

Souvenir Books from the International Puzzle Party (IPP)
(Those I have attended.)

IPP26 Boston, IPP28 Prague, IPP29 San Francisco, IPP31 Berlin,
IPP32 Washington D.C.,
IPP35 Ottawa, IPP37 Paris


ARMJ English Newsletter July 2017 
issued by the
Academy of Recreational Mathematics, Japan


The Art of the Puzzle
A catalogue from a past exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art


Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind
On Saturday Feb. 12, 2011, I attended the
2011 New York Puzzle Party
hosted by Tom Cutrofello, in Manhattan at the
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).
MOCA was housing the
exhibition "Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind" curated by
Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen.
This is the exhibition catalogue.


Jerry Slocum's Directory of Puzzle Collectors & Puzzle Sellers
5th Ed. June 2003 Jerry Slocum


Puzzletts Saga 1 Puzzletts (Mike Green)


Puzzles from Catel's Cabinet and Bestelmeier's Magazine 1785 to 1823
Jerry Slocum and Dieter Gebhardt


Compendium of Mechanical Puzzles from Catalogs 1785 to 1946
Jerry Slocum First Ed. Sept. 1977, Corrected and Revised 2006 46 pp.
 PutTogether
 Cross, Mysterious Cross, Five Block, Zany, FourAce,
Katzenjammer, Allies Flag, Combination Lock, Diabolical Dice, Eclipse, Puzzle Ring
 TakeApart
 various Hoffmann, Indian Ball, Imp Bottle, Dice Barrel, Takitapart, Hello, White City Pail
 Interlocking
 Disentanglement
 Cast: Star and Garter, Lucky Star, Tango, Snake and Scissors, Salmon and Grid, Three Snakes,
Ring and Plate, Keys, Loop the Loop, Faith/Hope/Charity, Elk, Hearts, Three Nags, Aeroplane, ABC,
Fire Irons, Anchor, Sandow
 Wire: Stars and Crescent, Bootlegger, Triangle (F029), Button Hook (F024), Claws, C and U,
Three Witches, Doggie, Heart and String, Teddy Bear, Chinese Ladder, Jolly Ni**er
 Sequential Movement
 Peg Solitaire, 15, Humdinger, Bramah, Automobile, Perplexity, Bootlegger and His Flask, Boo Bogey Mans
 Dexterity
 Journet, Trench Football, Query, Mountain Climber, Bughouse, Ring Pin, Quintuplets
 Miscellaneous
 Boxes of Assorted Puzzles
 Catalog References


1929 Johnson Smith & Co. Catalogue Reproduction hardcover in slipcase, by Chelsea House Publishers 1970
The catalogue contains a zillion different novelty items and provides an interesting perspective on life
during the early part of the 20th century.
There are many puzzles offered for sale (163 by my count)...

Foreign Language Studies


Het Ultieme Puzzleboek (The Ultimate Puzzle Book)
By Jerry Slocum and Jack Botermans  2007  Terra Lannoo B.V.
This hardcover was issued in the Netherlands, in Dutch.
 Two and Three Dimensional Mathematical Puzzles
 Furniture Set
 The Chequers Puzzle
 Petite Mere (La Cocotte)
 American Geometric Puzzle of 1850 created by Trentsensky and Myers (Tangram)
 Soma
 The Colored Egg Puzzle
 The Ultimate Hex Convertible Puzzle by Harold Cataquet
(Trevor Wood's version here)
10 checkered hexacubes plus a checkered tetracube make a 4x4x4 and a checkerboard
 Tangram  Kreisratsel, Qualgeist, Blitzableiter, Pythagoras, French Puzzle Brain
 Edi Nagata  Cat Case, Shirt Case
 Checkerboard Puzzles  The Sectional Checkerboard, Baffel, Mysto Squares, Sam Loyd Battle Royal
 Zodiac Pentomino Deluxe by Sabu Oguro
 Coffin's Four Fit (#217), Coffin's Trap (#153)
 The Emblematical Puzzle of 1788 (based on the Egyptian Puzzle described in Les Amusements in 1749)
 Sam Loyd Trick Mules, WillardJohnson Prizefight
 Radcliffe's Magic Hexagon, L'Etoile Filante (Shooting Star), Symington's
 The T Puzzle (White Rose, Chase & Sanborn, White Swan), Lox in Box II by Vesa Timonen
 Soma, Coffin's Ball Room (#197A), Coffin's Boxed LUV (#189), The Cursed Pyramid by Torsten Silke
 Dice Puzzle, Mayblox, Mystic Eight
 Scrambled Eggs, also jigsaw Cross, Rabbit, Broken Heart, Bear, Elephant, Furniture
 Puzzle Food  incl. Something Fishy, Fickle Pickles, Toyo
 Puzzle Rings
 The Pyramid Puzzle (2piece, 4piece)
 Disassembly Puzzles
 Rocky Chiaro's ToeKeyYo
 Yarger's Stickman #2 (Gear Box)
 Hoffmann Puzzles  by John Berkeley
 Hungarian Bookcase Puzzle, Puzzle Chest, Michael Hipple's Box, Yuma Prison Box, Russian Boxes, Akio Kamei and the Karakuri Creation Group
 Kagen Schaefer, Hiroshi Iwahara, Allan Boardman, Chinese Boxes, Snuff Boxes, Trick Coins
 Puzzle Locks

 Construction Puzzles
 Kagen Schaefer's Maze Burr, 150piece Chuck Burr,
George Hart's Six Pentagons,
Lee Krasnow's Merkaba
 Vaclav Obsivac's Sphere Icosahedrons
 Josef Pelikan puzzles  incl. Yin Yang, George Yagorvch
 Mongolian Chess Set, Mongolian Zodiac Puzzles, Kumiki Puzzles, Shackman Figures
 Keychain Puzzles
 Fourpiece Jigsaw Puzzle
 Stewart Coffin  Jupiter, Design 72, Triumph, NotBroken Sticks, Hexagonal Prism, Siamese Locked Nest, ThreePiece Block
 Wayne Daniel's All Five, Yashirou Kuwayama's Polyhedron 32
 Wire, Rope, and Knot Puzzles
 Gilbert set, Oskar's Chain, The Clown in a Barrel, Horseshoes, Heart, Devil, Hobbles
 French Wire, ABC, Vintage Cast puzzles, Solomon's Seal, Mongolian Talus
 Chinese Rings, Rings "O" 7, Kirill Grebnev, various Paper & String Tangles incl. Aunt Jemima, Michelin Man
 Move Problems
 15, A New Game (eq. Eight Point), Draught Board, Peg Solitaire
 The Great 13 Puzzle, Thinkfun Hoppers, HopOver
 Les Bourgeois Dupes, Aux Quatre Coins, Long Live the King, Put Hitler in the Dog House
 Tokyo Parking and Rush Hour, Frustr8tor
 Iwahiro's Jam Puzzles
 Rubik's Cube variants
 Oskar's Maze Key, Markus Goetz's Culax, Pike's Peak or Bust, The Eclipse by Myart Manufacturing Co. of 1936
 Towers of Hanoi
 Puzzle Jars and Pots
 Dexterity Puzzles
 Vanishing Puzzles
 Great Baseball Puzzle, L'Incroyable
 Impossible Objects



Hlavolamy
This beautiful Czech book is an expanded edition based on Slocum and Botermans' Puzzles Old and New.


My World of Mechanical Puzzles 
by Vladimir Krasnoukhov


CasseTete et Jeux Magiques by Daniel Picon


Petits Jeux et Casse Tete de la Belle Epoque (Small Games and Puzzles of the Golden Age)
Yves Rifaux
Haute  Savoie
ISBN 2910067173
144pp.
Seems to be available from Amazon France.
A softcover book with black and white pictures (pictures are poor photocopy quality).
Devoted to a listing of over 130 French boxed puzzles of several varieties which were manufactured during the
period from 1878 to 1914, most of them by the five Parisbased firms:
 [Charles]Watilliaux
 Mauclair et Dacier
 Nicolas et Keller
 Simonin Cuny
 Revenez et Tabernat
Also mentions the firms: Fernand Nathan, N. K. Atlas, Saussine, Jeux et Jouets Francais, Wogue et Levy,
Perret, Delhaye Freres, Villard et Weill, and L. Baudot.
Accompanied by four loose addendum sheets dated June 1990, December 1993, June 1996, and January 2000,
which bring the total number of puzzles covered to over 200.
Also accompanied by four cards printed with cutout puzzles including: FendL'Air et Pegase (seat two riders on two mules),
Le President Loubet, Les Quatre Vagabonds, and Un Sage dans les Nuages.
Rifaux categorizes the puzzles into eight basic classes, and also assigns some to "combination" classes:
 A  dexterity puzzles (Jeux d'Adresse)  by far the largest class
 I  logic puzzles (CasseTete Intellectuels)
 FM  wire puzzles (CasseTete en fil de fer)
 T  tactical problems, e.g. sequential movement (Problemes de tactique)
 D  prediction/divination games
 C  games of chance
 E  educational games
 AM  unclassifiable diversions


Mechanical Puzzles 130
92pp.
pub. 2006 by "Three Guess Corp." and Kodansha
ISBN 4063171647
I ordered mine from the
Yamanaka Kumiki Works.
Amazon Japan also has it.
 Part 1. 組み合わせパズル  Puttogether Puzzles
 Part 2. 開けるパズル  Takeapart Puzzles
 Part 3. はずして組むパズル  Interlocking Puzzles
 Part 4. ほどくパズル  Hodoku Pazuru  Disentanglement Puzzles
 Part 5. ー連の動きのパズル  Sequential Movement Puzzles
 Part 6. その他のパズル  Impossible Objects and Miscellanies
cover; inside cover 2pp  Hanayama cast ad;
brain exercise ad 
www.been.co.jp
 rice cake, sandwich, star, apple
p4  contents
p5 (5 spans 2 physical pages)  intro
pictured: patience, trick cup, tangram, ball in cage, cast elk, handcuffs, cast ring,
buttonhole puzzle, various small tangles, Rectangular Jam, Pencil Case, Rubik's 3x3x3, 15,
karakuri small secret box, cast duet, Abe's Block 10, Cast Radix, Pack the Plums, Tenyo pentominoes rectangle 6x10, Block House by Kuozi Kitashima  woodpecker
p6  intro
p7  intro  uneasy checkerboard 5x5 Mine Uematsu  Woodpecker
torito.jp/shopping/_uneasycheckered5x5.shtml
p8  intro
p9  Cast Radix, burr, Lunar Lockout, Cast Dolce
p10  intro (categories?)
p11  3x3x3 assembly cube (which design?), cast chain, Lunar Lockout, Cast Heart, folding triangles, Oskar's Cube (maze)
p12  *************** PART 1  PUT TOGETHER **************  cat case
p13  tangram, lucky puzzle, blue 4piece (?)
p14  shape by shape,
Block House
torito.jp/shopping/_house.shtml,
Cross II
torito.jp/shopping/_cross2.shtml
p15  Sato Manabu  3 dissections; classic T dissection; wooden dissection (?)
p16,17  pencil case, arrow case, shirt case, cup case, cat case
p18  pentominoes
p19  Block by Block, Uneasy Checkerboard 5x5, Unique Cube II (polycube assembly)
p20, 21  Toyo packing  Plums, Beans, Peanuts, Pineapple, Beer, Pudding
p22  Hexahedroom, Osho's Packing puzzle
p23  Hide the Animal (= Thinkfun Cover Your Tracks)  Lixy,
Sheep Puzzle
torito.jp/shopping/_sheeppuzzle.shtml,
Janken (hands edgematching)
p24, 25  puzzle finger rings  Cast Ring, Cast Ring II, others
p26  Dorobo 5cube inst. insanity, Kinato, Tantrix Discovery
p27  ************** PART 2  TAKE APART **************  Cast NEWS
p28,29  Cast Cage, Flag, Star (& Garter), Cuby
p30  secret boxes (only 3)
p31  *************** PART 3  INTERLOCKING ***************  pagoda
p32,33  ball in cage, burrs
p34  Yamanaka burr set, kumiki group, Framed Burr 2x2
p35  TIC 3x3x3 (polycube), Cast Spiral, trick dovetails illustration
p36  CD case versions of Nagata's "case" series
p37  shaped food
p38  Karakuri small boxes list of 16
p39  twisted sushi
p40  czech animals in cage
p41  burr sushi
p42,43,44  Lilly Library / Slocum collection
p45  ***************** PART 4  DISENTANGLEMENT *********************
p46,47  Cast ABC, Cast WU, Cast Bicycle, Cast Horse, Laby, Key, Hoffmann Book PO&N
p48  various wire tangles
p49  Euro, Saturn, Nail the Giant, other wire
p50,51  Akio Yamamoto's World  Cast Radix, Cast Baroq
p52,53  Cast Violon, Cast Cricket, Cast S&S, Elk, Heart, Plate, Devil
p54,55  Cast Enigma, Chain, Duet, Keyring
p56  Cast Dolce, Amour, Sofa Problem
p57  Hikimi tangles, Buttonhole puzzle

p58,59  **************** PART 5  SEQUENTIAL MOVEMENT *******************
Patience, Cast Disks, 15, Huarong Path, 5x6 sliding, Loyd's Moving 2x3 5piece
p60,61  Lunar Lockout, Stormy Seas, Rush Hour, Hoppers, Flip It, River Crossing
p62,63  Oskar van Deventer's Space  Oskar's Cube, Cast O'Gear, Cast Disk, L'Oeuf
p64  Abe's Block 10, Pentangular Jam, Rectangular Jam
p65  Chinese Rings / Patience
p66  folding; Chameleon (Chiroriangemusofuto Research)
p67  ring onto chain, and trick snapper
p68  javascript code (?), staples cube
p69  paper links, cabbage/sheep/wolf, dissected square packing
p70,71,72,73,74  **************** PUZZLE SHOP GUIDE ****************
 Jyuta, Torito, puzzlein
www.jyuta.net
torito.jp
torito.jp/puzzles/cosmo.shtml
www.puzzlein.com
www.mmjp.or.jp/icarus
www.okunokaruta.com
www.yosegi.jp
www.karakuri.gr.jp/creation
www.hyakuchomori.co.jp/toy/item_puzzle
www.hikimiwp.com
www9.ocn.ne.jp/~yonekoya
p75  web sites
p76  books
p77  quiz?
p78,79  ************** index? with web links ********************
p80  masthead
p81  ******************* Rubik's Cube group *****************  3x3x3
p82,83  2x2x2, 4x4x4, 5x5x5, Platypus, Snake, Pyraminx, Olympic cubes, golden cube (in sidebar)
p84,85  ***************** impossible objects and misc *********************  greedy cup
p86  mirror cube puzzles (Setteducati type)
p87  rattleback, cubeincube
p88  DalgetyHordern classification
p89  Slocum classification
p90,91  interviews? Edi Nagata, Akio Yamamoto, Kohfuh
p92,93  Kohfuh folding puzzle  "flat chain weather changer"
p94 Kohfuh Snowy
p95 Kohfuh Cloudy
p96  torito ad
inside back cover  What is Law ad
back cover



Cube Puzzle Reader Akiyama
239pp.
Pub. 2004 by New Era Corp.
ISBN 4775302841
Amazon Japan has it.
 ways to flatten a cube; cube crosssections; dice; magic squares; The Mystic Eight puzzle; shortest path;
cube penetrations; sugar cubes; resistor networks
 The Diabolical Cube; chart of #'s of nominoes, triominoes, tetrominoes; SlothouberGraatsma puzzle;
Mikusinski Cube; Kev's Cubic Equation; The Spots Puzzle; colored cubes; Instant Insanity; The Allies Flag puzzle;
MacMahon's Colored Cubes; Conway's matrix
 jigsaws; magnetic globe jigsaw; chinese zigzag puzzle; MagNif; chart of #'s of planar polyominoes; pentominoes;
Back in the Box; checkerboard puzzles; Tangram; Soma; The 15 puzzle; Piet Hein's Qrazy Qube and other 3D sliding block puzzles;
picture slice and cube puzzles; edgematching puzzles; Knot So Easy, Perplexing Python; Mazes
 assembly puzzles (woody cube? hook cube?); Mine's Cube in Cage 333; Rubik's Bricks; Dean Hoffman's Sugar Cube puzzle;
AntiSlide; rolling cube puzzles; eight queens; paper chains; flexagons; Ivan Moskovich's Puzzling Reflections
 split cubies; Pieces of Eight; Nob's Neverending; Naef Gemini; platonic solids
 sixpiece burr; kumiki burrs; cage burrs; Synergistics Kiss and Love cubes; Happy Cubes; Snafooz; Crazy Cube;
velcro cubes; cube snakes; Happy Cubes (Adult Games); secret boxes; log stacking / crossed sticks
 matchstick assembly; plate burrs; staples cube; unit Origami; weaving; string lattices; Hiroshi Endoh Gadget Box
 Rubik's Cube & relations
 folding cubes; kaleidoform; stacking nested boxes; insideout sponge figures; snapopen cubes; impossible illusion bank;
Juno's spinner (like Hoberman); impossible objects


Picture and Shape Puzzle Reader Akiyama
227pp.
Pub. 2005 by New Era Corp.
ISBN 4775304127
Amazon Japan has it.


Tanglements Reader aka Puzzle Ring Reader Akiyama
183pp.
Pub. 2003 by New Era Corp.
ISBN 4775301705
Amazon Japan has it.


Super Difficult Mathematical Puzzles Nobuyuki Yoshigahara
174pp. Pub. 2002 by Kodansha
ISBN 4062573776
Amazon Japan has it.
An Englishlanguage translation called Puzzles 101  A Puzzlemaster's Challenge is available.


Happiness Cube Miyabe
79pp.
Pub. 2006 by New Wind Building
ISBN 4797437995
Amazon Japan has it.
See many Happiness Cube designs at
Yukiyasu Sekoguchi's website.


50 Puzzles  Chinese wire puzzle book.
Illustrated solutions to many common designs.
2005
ISBN 7544128644
No English, but illustrations are selfexplanatory.
Purchased from Mr. Puzzle Australia.


The Amazing RopeRings  Illustrative Designs of 50 Intellectual RopeRing Toys
Wang Zong Yi
Shenyang Press 2003
ISBN 7544122565
230pp.
Includes English translations.
Purchased from Mr. Puzzle Australia.
Cover price $18US.


Classical Chinese Puzzles: Ingenious Rings
Yu Chong En and Wei Zhang
1999 China Children's Publishing House Beijing
ISBN 7500750021/G.3794
152pp.
Sparse English captions.
Purchased at the
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).

Books from the
Karakuri Club:

In early 2017 I was asked to act as a consultant on mechanical puzzles for a new publication
sponsored by the Rubik's brand  a series of magazine plus puzzle devoted to mechanical and logic puzzles.
The first issue is piloting in France.

Martin Gardner
Martin Gardner merits his own section.
Though I never had the opportunity to meet him, for me, as I am sure is the case for many others,
Gardner's writings were a source of entertainment and inspiration during my formative years,
instilling a sense of wonder and curiosity that shaped my life.
Rest in Peace, Martin.

There are a lot of web resources devoted to Gardner:
Books I own by Martin Gardner:
Some Flexagon resources:
