New York: Clark, Austin & Smith, 1858. Cloth Hardcover. Very Good / No Dustjacket. Item #070335
Pages bright and clean except for occasional foxing, a few faded ink marks on the head edges, a printer's miscut at the bottom corner of p.337, an open tear at bottom corner of p.353 (no text loss), and mild toning at the endpapers with a gift note in pencil at the front free endpaper; the binding is modestly relaxed and a bit shaken at the rear hinge but remains square and secure; the full blue cloth cover bears softening, inward turns, and rubbing with spots of fraying at spine ends and corners, as well as a modestly faded area at the upper left front, a few dark handling prints at front and back and some dimming along the spine, lines of surface wear and color loss at the spine sides and on the head and heel edges, and just a little flaking of the gilt at the spine, otherwise sound and well-kept. 360pp. including several engravings. Each degree is explained, the text of some oaths and the meaning of many symbols presented, all the way up to the thirty-third with its colorful pageantry and the history of its creation. If you are looking for magic powers to wield or dark truths, you will not find them. If you are looking to join a meaningful society of contemplation, brotherhood, service, and leadership, this is the lore of one.