|Freemasons' Guide and Compendium. Bernard E. Jones|
I had noted that this book was on recommended reading lists by both Robert G. Davis and Arturo de Hoyos. That's all the convincing I needed.
I bought a used copy online. The previous owner must have been well traveled, as there were brochures and postcards from both the Grand Lodge of New York and the Grand Lodge of England stuffed inside the pages.
"First published in 1950, the 'Freemasons' Guide and Compendium' is filled with authentic, detailed information on a wide variety of subjects related to masons and masonry. Written by an experienced Freemason with the interests of rank-and-file members of the ordinary lodge in mind?especially the young Craftsman who wished to learn the nature of Freemasonry's claim to have a history that goes back to ancient days?it provides key facts about masonic history, tradition, and lore. In doing so, the book offers a far greater scope of information than any other comparable book. And Bernard E. Jones critically examines conflicting ideas about how some of the traditions came to be, coming to conclusions of his own."