Philadelphia, PA: McCalla & Stavely, 1885. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Small octavo, pp. 148, illustrated with b/w drawings. A 1904 bookplate is attached to the inside front cover. Very good; moderate edgewear, small tear at top of spine. Item #19412
This book is a contribution to Masonic literature, throwing light on the manners and modes of thought of the organized body of men to whose dexterity Mediaeval Europe owes her superb cathedrals. It offers a glimpse of the inner life by which the building guilds were animated, showing their classification and attendant customs. The lines of transmission of marks used by the stone-cutters are traced out, and the system or key by which they were combined is described in the text and illustrated by diagrams.