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~ 1818 ~
This sale is for an original 1818 1ST EDITION of "A SYSTEM OF SPECULATIVE MASONRY" published by Dodd and Stevenson of Salem, New York.
Found within this book is a system of speculative Masonry, in its origin, patronage, dissemination, principles, duties, and ultimate designs, laid open for the examination of the serious and candid: being a course of lectures exhibited before the Grand Chapter of the State of New York at their annual meetings, help in Temple Chapter Room in the City of Albany.
Per the preface, this book is compiled from many separate addresses, only to be exhibited before Masons. The author wanted to ensure that the subject matter should come from someone to do "justice" concerning so much pubic interest.
The sentiments contained have been exhibited before the Grand Chapter of the state. At the annual meeting of the Grand Chapter in February, 1816, the idea was suggested of preparing for the press, several Masonic Addresses, which had been exhibited before that honorable body. It is presented to the public, not for its elegance of composition bur for its truth. The primary object was to give a plain, yet concise description of Speculative Freemasonry.
Nothing is intended by this work but a plain, unadorned statement of Masonic Principles. Nothing is designed to be construed unfavorably, as to the sacred scriptures, or the churches of Christ, or any religious denomination. Nothing is designed to reflect, either on community in general, or individual of that community.
The plain truth is, as Masons, there is a belief in the high importance and utility of the Institution. Masons are not only willing, but desire that others should be informed , as far as consistent, what those benefits are.
WHY WAS THERE SUCH A NECESSITY TO PUBLISH PUBLIC INFORMATION SUCH AS THIS? That was the burning question in my mind. WHY WAS THERE SO MUCH PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE MASONS????? One must consider the time frame that this book was published.
The fact that a fraternal order played a role of some prominence in history may seem strange to today’s readers, but for many years in the 18th and 19th centuries Freemasonry was a force of contention not only in the United States, but also in Europe and Latin America.
The organization has been democratic and liberal in outlook. Its precepts are theistic, but not supportive of any particular denomination. This has been viewed by critics as anticlerical and has caused much friction with certain religious organizations.
Why did such a seemingly innocuous organization provoke opposition, let alone a full-fledged political organization (the Anti-Masonic Party)? The answer is to be found in the boisterous democratic enthusiasms of the 1820s and 1830s. In this “age of the common man,” undemocratic elements were viewed with great suspicion. Freemasonry was exclusive in its membership and maintained strict secrecy about its rituals. Many outsiders of that time concluded that the Masons were up to no good.
Fear about the intentions of Freemasonry was strong in monarchical and Roman Catholic circles in both Latin America and Europe. This friction has continued into modern times.
The contents contained within are the following 20 CHAPTERS!
THE GREAT OUTLINES OF SPECULATIVE FREE-MASONRY
THE ULTIMATE END OF THE MATERIAL CREATION, TO SUBSERVE THE MORAL WORLD - THE PROPER OBJECT OF HUMAN ASSOCIATION, AND THE ORIGIN OF VARIUS SOCIETIES
GENERAL NATURE AND DESIGN OF THE MASONIC INSTITUTION - SUMMARY OF DUTIES - PRINCIPLES IN THE ABSTRACT
COINCIDENCE OF MASONIC PRINCIPLES WITH DIVINE REVELATION
ANCIENT MASONRY OPERATIVE AND RELIGIOUS
MODERN FREE-MASONRY, SPECULATIVE AND RELIGIOUS
SPECULATIVE FREEMASONRY UNFOLDS THE OUTLINES OF HISTORY IN SEVERAL GREAT AND LEADING EVENTS, BOTH IN THE NATURAL AND MORAL WORLDS
MORAL IMPROVEMENT FROM THE ORDER AND SUCCESSION OF THE DEGREES
ANCIENT MASONRY, ANCIENT CHRISTIANITY
OUTLINES OF MASONIC HISTORY - THE PROBABLE ORIGIN AS AN ORGANIZED SYSTEM* THE DISSEMINATION OF ITS PRINCIPLES AND CEREMONIES AMONGST THE VARIOUS NATIONS OF THE EARTH
NAMES AND MASONIC CHARACTERS OF ANCIENT PIOUS PATRONS
ANCIENT MYSTERIES - PHILOSPHERS - WISE MEN
MASONIC WORD, OR DIVINE LOGOS - HOW TRANSMITTED
THE UNITY FELLOWSHIP OF MASONS - ALL AGREE IN THE GREAT ESSENTIALS - THINGS UNESSENTIAL BREAK NOT THE UNITY OF BROTHERHOOD
MASONRY AS A CHARITABLE INSTITUTION
MILLENIAL STATE - GENERAL PROSPERITY AND PREVALENCE OF SPECUALTIVE FREE MASONRY
MOTIVES, PERSUASIVES AND INDUEMENTS TO MAINTAIN THE TRUE DIGNITY OF THE MASONIC CHARACTER
ADDRESS TO LODGES AND CHAPTERS
EVIDENCES THAT MASONRY HAS BEENTHE MEDIUM THROUGH WHICH THE PENTATEUCH, OR FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES, HAVE BEEN PRESERVED TO THE WORLD
EXTRACTS FROM THE VALEDICTORY TO THE GRAND CHAPTER
Published in 1818, this LEATHER BOUNDbook is in VERYGOOD CONDITION especially for its age of 195 YEARS OLD! The most significant condition you will note is located on the interior fly leaf pages where a neatly stamped name and address is located along with a nice scripted name. On the other side of the fly leaf page is an old original dedication "FROM THE AUTHOR TO CH. C. YATES - JOHN R. GOLDING - BOUGHT AT ALBANY". The stamped name and scripted name can also be found towards the back fly leaf pages. Other than that, there are no further markings or writing to be found. Typically, you will find these books severely foxed and damp stained. This copy is in very good condition in comparison. The pages are toned for something of this age yet the clean, clear, unmarked text block is easy to read! There are no nicks, rips or tears. The attractive decorated end pages adds a nice cosmetictouch to the book. The hinges remain intact, however, the front hinge is well used. Being leather, it would be considered cracked as you canvisibly seethe two cordsexposed, holding the cover intact. The rest of the binding is STRONG! ALL 283 PAGES ARE PRESENT, FIRMLY BOUND AND ENJOYABLE TO READ! It measures 4 1/2" X 6 3/4". The leather exterior is scuffed with wear to the corner boards. The spinehas a nice gilt pictorial of emblems with the title. Wear is visible as well. Despite these disclosures, and forits age, this remains a true book selling market siteshave this copy in lesser condition selling in the hundreds. It is a RARE book being offered with . This won't last long so...GET IT WHILE YOU CAN!!!
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