The Sign Languages of the Mysteries by J.S.M. Ward

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A classic of occult lore, this volume was the first book of rigorous scholarship to explore the secret signs, symbols, and gestures used in various religions, priesthoods, and secret societies, along with their origins, development, and hidden meanings. This legendary study includes 136 rare illustrations from Medieval manuscripts, stained-glass windows, ancient wall paintings, and much more, demonstrating the existence and meaning of these mantric signs throughout history and in every culture around the world, from the ancient Egyptians to the Native Americans.

Includes much on Freemasonry.

Land's End Press, 1969.
245 pp.
Originally published in 1928.
Hardcover. Very good in a good+ jacket.
Edges of price-clipped jacket rubbed, with a few small chips and tears in edges as well.
Cloth and pages clean.