Ten years before the publication of his book, The Museum of Lost Wonder, Jeff Hoke inaugurated a pamphlet series that explored many of lifes big questions. Each issue of the Guide to Lost Wonder was essentially an activity book, beautifully illustrated
with plenty of experiments to try at home.
This series has now been discontinued and is no longer in print. Jeff still has a few sets of all ten issues of the Guide to Lost Wonder for people who want to see the Museum in its initial incarnation.
Limited Collector’s Series
Ten issues of the Guide to Lost Wonder, the first issue signed, with a special insert on the history of esoteric pamphleteering.
** This set is sold out through Wonderella, but may still be available through lostwonder.org. **
to Lost Wonder was printed letter size, or 8.5 x 11 inches.
any of the cover images below for a closer look at the individual pamphlets included in this set.
The Beginning of Everything. The Guide is
known for tackling life’s big questions, and starts off
with a doozieWhere do we come from? Learn
about creation myths from around the world and cut out and
build a do-it-yourself model of the universe.
have excerpted the Genesis
myth from this issue of the Guide for your enjoyment.
What Is Reality? What is reality, indeed?
Plato thought it was an illusory picture show. Other scientists
think its a combo of genes, memes, and scenes. Experiment
with your free will and sense of self and find out! Includes
a do-it-yourself theatre of the mind.
a few enlightening
experiments by reading our excerpt from this issue.
The Darker Side of Museums. Museums began
as shrines to the nine beautiful muses, whose cosmic inspiration
is behind all great works of art. Somewhere along the line
museums became curiosity cabinets for the world's greatest
eccentrics. What happened? Includes a do-it-yourself model
about mankinds earliest forays into curatoria and
scientifica in this issues essay, The
Who Are You? Who are you? Are you your horoscope?
Are you a combination of the four humors? Ponder your self
and think about what you do to define who you are. Includes
a do-it-yourself scrying mandala (with pendulum) based on
the Tibetan Wheel of Life.
blood, bile, and other gooey personality indicators are
bottled for easy consumption in the excerpt The
How to Have Visions. The Guide explores
the history of visions, from Sir Isaac Newton poking his
eye with a knife to Tony Conrad's Flicker Film
of the 1960s. Includes several E-Z experiments to induce
hallucinations and a breath-powered do-it-yourself hypnotrope!
about five flashes of phantasmagorical insight in Historic
Visions, the excerpt from this issue.
Exploring the Museum. The first in a three-part
comic book style mini-series, this issue follows one young
visitors initiation into the alchemical mysteries
of the Museum of Lost Wonder. Includes some of Jeffs
most beautiful work yet. Recommended for all ages.
a glimpse of the Museums first exhibit hallCalcinatioin
from this issue of the Guide.
Lost in the Museum. The pictorial tour of
the Museum of Lost Wonder continues with our young hero
hopelessly lost behind the scenes. Its Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory meets Carl Jungis there
any hope? Find out!
you can follow our young visitor to the caves
and tunnels beneath Coagulatio, the Museums third
Escape from the Museum. Part 3 of 3 in the
Museum of Lost Wonder pictorial tour. The young visitors
tour comes to a close in this issueor does it? Includes
an introductory essay on how the Museums exhibits
are based on the allegorical never-ending journey of the
the young visitor's path through the natural history exhibit
in the Hall
of Mortificatio in this excerpt.
Revealing the Museum, Part 1. Youve
seen the exhibit halls in the Museum of Lost Wonder, but
what does it all mean? In this issue, the Guide takes you
on the first half of a two-part peek behind the scenes at
the Museum, uncovering the myth and psychology beneath each
hall. This issue features several rare alchemical engravings
restored by Jeff Hoke.
Explore the marvelous botanical
and zoological exhibit of Coagulatio in this issues
Revealing the Museum, Part 2. The behind-the-scenes
tour concludes in this issue of the Guide. Learn the secrets
of the final four halls of Mortificatio, Separatio, Conjunctio, and Circulatio.
Jeff Hoke also makes connections between alchemy and the
creative process in this issues introductory essay.
Our excerpt from this issue discusses the similarities between
the processes of alchemy