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Guide to Lost Wonder

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Ten years before the publication of his book, The Museum of Lost Wonder, Jeff Hoke inaugurated a pamphlet series that explored many of life’s 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. **

The Guide to Lost Wonder was printed letter size, or 8.5 x 11 inches.

Click any of the cover images below for a closer look at the individual pamphlets included in this set.

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No.1, “The Beginning of Everything.” The Guide is known for tackling life’s big questions, and starts off with a doozie—“Where 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.

We have excerpted the Genesis myth from this issue of the Guide for your enjoyment.

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No.2, “What Is Reality?” What is reality, indeed? Plato thought it was an illusory picture show. Other scientists think it’s 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.

Try a few enlightening experiments by reading our excerpt from this issue.

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No.3, “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 “muse-e-um.”

Read about mankind’s earliest forays into curatoria and scientifica in this issue’s essay, “The First Museum.”

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No.4, “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.

Phlegm, blood, bile, and other gooey personality indicators are bottled for easy consumption in the excerpt “The Four Humors.”

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No.5, “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!

Read about five flashes of phantasmagorical insight in “Historic Visions,” the excerpt from this issue.

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No.6, “Exploring the Museum.” The first in a three-part comic book style mini-series, this issue follows one young visitor’s initiation into the alchemical mysteries of the Museum of Lost Wonder. Includes some of Jeff’s most beautiful work yet. Recommended for all ages.

Catch a glimpse of the Museum’s first exhibit hall—Calcinatio—in our excerpt from this issue of the Guide.

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No.7, “Lost in the Museum.” The pictorial tour of the Museum of Lost Wonder continues with our young hero hopelessly lost behind the scenes. It’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Carl Jung—is there any hope? Find out!

Now you can follow our young visitor to the caves and tunnels beneath Coagulatio, the Museum’s third exhibit hall.

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No.8, “Escape from the Museum.” Part 3 of 3 in the Museum of Lost Wonder pictorial tour. The young visitor’s tour comes to a close in this issue—or does it? Includes an introductory essay on how the Museum’s exhibits are based on the allegorical never-ending journey of the alchemist.

Follow the young visitor's path through the natural history exhibit in the Hall of Mortificatio in this excerpt.

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No.9, “Revealing the Museum, Part 1.” You’ve 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 issue’s excerpt.

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No.10, “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 issue’s introductory essay.

Our excerpt from this issue discusses the similarities between the processes of alchemy and art.

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