Written in 1916, it was undertaken to answer a personal quest the author made at the time of his raising in the Order. He wished to produce a book that would communicate antecedents of Masonry, the development, philosophy, mission, and ideal. “The book was commissioned by the Grand Lodge of Iowa, approved by that Grand body, and presented to each man upon whom the degree of Master Mason” was conferred within that Grand Jurisdiction.
There is no dedication marking, although it appears well used. It does have intermittent “pink” transparent highlights within the pages of this 317 page publication.