London: A. Lewis [Baskerville], 1925-26. FIRST EDITION, second issue. Item #16633
Small folio volumes printed black and red on Japanese paper bound in crimson silk cloth; A FINE CLOTH SET in fine slipcase. Numerous plates and illustrations throughout in this work on the Chinese secret societies, their rituals and symbols, with Masonic undertones. The frontispiece of Volume I is a colored plate of "A Triad Plan of the Mystic Journey" as portrayed in the arrangement of the Lodge. These two Masonic scholars have produced a tour de force for studies of the Chinese societies, but also their relationship to Freemasonry and the Western Mysteries. Masonic bookseller A. Lewis bought the sheets, and had them rebound in the late 50s. Lacking the suppressed "dollar" plate as per usual. V. I: [xvi], 180 pages; V. II: [viii], 196 pages; V. III: [vi], 148 pages. Small 4to.