SIGN LANGUAGE OF THE MYSTERIES, J.S.M. Ward Ltd Ed 1000, 1928 2 Vols FREEMASONRY
THE SIGN LANGUAGE OF THE MYSTERIES — With 136 Rare Illustrations from Sources Ranging from the Ancient Egyptians to the American Indians — By J.S.M. Ward, Limited Edition of 1000, 1928 in Two Volumes —Freemasonry and Secret Societies
Publisher: The Baskerville Press, London (1928)
Scarce two-volume, limited edition set from 1928 of THE SIGN LANGUAGE OF THE MYSTERIES, in well preserved condition. With 136 rare illustrations from sources ranging from the Ancient Egyptians to the American Indians. The boards and binding are solid and tight save some some light shelf-wear. The pages are crisp and clean save for crossed-out name in marker of previous owner on the first blank pages of both volumes. Otherwise, pages are crisp and clean. This was the first rigorous scholarship to explore the hidden symbolism in hand gestures and body positions used by Freemasonry, cults, priesthoods and other secret societies. Please see below for a partial listing of the contents of each volume. Volume I: 120 pages; Volume II: 245 pages; both volumes illustrated throughout.
Volume 1 Partial Contents:
Introduction to a study of the ancient sign language Certain Sign languages survive today Existence of Mantric signs World-wide distribution of Mantric signs Signs connected with certain occult centers, the throat Signs connected with other occult centers such as the heart Signs connected with solar plexus Signs connected with the head, sign of distress Widespread use of the sign of distress Sign connected with head, sign of exultation Sign of reverence Signs connected with the nose and mouth Sign of horror and shows how it is closely connected with death Signs connected with the hands and shoulders
Volume 2 Partial Contents:
Sign of Resignation Sign of heaven and earth Saint and sinner alike use the sign of regret Sign of completion and examples of its use Numerous miscellaneous signs Shows how the sign language links the ancient mysteries with the modern world Schedule of Mantric signs