Philadelphia: Leon Hyneman, 1857. First Edition. Octavo. Publisher's navy cloth, spine decoratively stamped in gilt, boards in blind; ,234pp. Second part (list of lodges) has a separate title page included in pagination. Mild external wear; scattered faint foxing and a few faint marginal stains to text; a nicely preserved, Very Good copy in the original cloth. Six pages of advertisements before title page, including one (essentially serving as frontispiece) for James Kelly, manufacturer of Masonic and Odd Fellows' Regalia, Philadelphia.
A useful directory to 19th-c. Masonry, listing members in thirty-five states and territories. Though the individual member registry is limited to subscribers and thus far from complete (New Hampshire, for example, has only a single entry), the listing of lodges by name, city and state is comprehensive and includes western states and territories including Texas, Oregon, Iowa, and Minnesota. No author given, but likely the publisher Hyneman was also the compiler – and evidently Jewish, as Singerman (Judaica Americana) lists one prospectus from this publisher (Phila: 1854).