Of the European arches listed, 108 of them were in France, a number of which were readily recognizable from the NABS France Convention, including Le Pont d'Arc, Porte de Mycenes, Arc de Triomphe, Le Baousse del Biel, and Grand Arc.
The work of course suffers from what any bibliographic work would inevitably suffer from – and that is that the sources consulted are very often incorrect as well as incomplete. Those of us in NABS have certainly learned that this is all too frequently the case. Sometimes the inadvertently perpetuated misinformation should be obvious, such as the reporting of a span in Arizona at 450-500 feet. Other times it is more subtle. As a case in point, what we now call Window Rock in Window Rock, Arizona, was illustrated twice, with a photograph from each side – but it was also listed twice, as two different arches (in different counties, no less). With the sparse published descriptions of the arch's location, there is certainly no way that somebody from afar could tell that these were actually the same arch (see illustration below).
Entry #514 in the Faustini manuscript is Window Rock, Arizona, as seen from the "back" side.
If anyone knows of a way to get all or part of this manuscript translated into English, please let us know. The handwriting, however, will make the task a very difficult one. The entries for the U.S. would only be of historical interest, but the cataloging of arches outside the U.S. has yet to be equaled, with the notable exception of France [and Algeria]. Three examples are below.
A special thanks to Liz Arnold-Nysven and Linda C. McKinlay for donating this manuscript to NABS.
Entry #354, "PONT NATUREL SUR LE MONT LIBAN," is in the Middle East.
The horses atop provide scale.
Entry #488, natural arch near Dease Thompson Point, Northwest Territories, Canada.
Entry #916, "ILE DÉCEPTION, LA ROCHE PERCÉE."
[This arch collapsed in an earthquake in 1924 and the remains are known as Sewing Machine Rocks.
Deception Island is off the eastern coast of Antarctica.]