New York: Scribner's, 1899. First edition. An historical and artistic study of the Magistri Comacini, a mediaeval Guild of Liberi Muratori (Freemasons). The author maintains that this guild functioned continuously for over 700 years, from the end of the Roman Empire to the onset of the Renaissance, and that it explains many mysteries of apparent spontanious appearence of exceptional artistic acheivement in the early Renaissance. He makes no connections to religious societies of a similar name; that is left for others to pursue. Near very good condition, slight wear and a few stains. Item #5514
Pages warped but clean and not musty; 83 illustrations; 435 pages.