1860 Antique Freemasonry Monitor Masonic Knights Templar Mason Occult Illuminati For SaleRICHARDSON’S MONITOR OF FREE-MASONRY; Being A Practical Guide to the Ceremonies in All the Degrees Conferred in Masonic Lodges, Chapters, Encampments, &c., Explaining the Signs, Tokens and Grips, And Giving All the Words, Pass-Words Sacred Words, Oaths and Hieroglyphics Used by Masons. The Ineffable and Historical Degrees Are Also Given in Full. By Jabez Richardson, A.M. FIRST EDITION. Published in 1860 by Lawrence Fitzgerald, New York. 6.5” x 4.5” decorated cloth hardcover. Illustrated. 192 pages.
Condition: Good antique condition for 153 years old. Exterior as shown in photo with some bumping and wear at spine ends and corners. Gilt decoration still bright on front board and spine. Front inner hinge cracked, otherwise binding is good. Text is clean and complete, with foxing typical of a book this age.
Behold a true rarity – an 1860 First Edition of Jabez Richardson’s MONITOR OF FREE-MASONRY.
RICHARDSON’S MONITOR OF FREE-MASONRY was one of the first comprehensive works on Freemasonry to be published in the wake of the widespread Anti-Masonic movement of the mid-19th century. With this highly detailed and illustrated book, Richardson hoped to dispel public prejudice against Freemasons, while at the same time furnish the Masonic brotherhood with a true guide to all the degrees offered by the fraternity – including the Ineffable and Historic Degrees -- and the ceremonies associated with them (for a full list see below).
He writes in the Preface:
In the following pages I have endeavored to give exact descriptions of the Masonic ceremonies as they are (or should be) performed in the Lodges, Chapters, &c., of each degree. The information is intended, not only for the public at large who have a curiosity to fathom the wonderful secrets of Free Masonry, but for newly formed Masonic societies, who desire a printed guide to facilitate their work.
Comparatively few persons among the multitudes who join the Masonic Lodges, extend their knowledge of the Craft beyond the Royal Arch Degree; and to such as have not been advanced, this work will be read with much interest. By the aid of it they may become familiar with the higher degrees of Modern Masonry – with the Ineffable Degrees – and with those curious and enthusiastic Historical and Philosophical Degrees …
RICHARDSON’S MONITOR OF FREE-MASONRY is a complete guide to the Masonic tradition. It illuminates all of the secret Masonic signs, tokens and grips. It reveals all the words, pass-words, sacred words, and hieroglyphics used by Masons in the lodges and among themselves.
RICHARDSON’S MONITOR OF FREE-MASONRY is also illustrated with numerous cryptic engravings illuminating the ceremonies, symbols, etc.
RICHARDSON’S MONITOR OF FREE-MASONRY is a fascinating glimpse into the world’s oldest secret society. And a very rare item for the discriminating Masonic collector.
First Degree – A Lodge of Entered Apprentice
Second Degree – A Lodge of Fellow Craft Masons
Third Degree – Opening a Lodge of Master Masons
Mark Master’s Degree – Opening a Lodge of Mark Masters
Past Master’s Degree
Most Excellent Master’s Degree
Royal Arch Degree
Royal Master’s Degree
Select Master’s Degree
Super-Excellent Master’s Degree
Secret Monitor or Masonic Trading Degree
Heroine of Jericho
Knights of Three Rings
Knights of the Red Cross
Order of Knights Templar
Knights of the Christian Mark and Guards of the Conclave
Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre
Order of the Cross
Ineffable Degrees, Or, The Lodge of Perfection
Ineffable Degrees – Secret Master
Ineffable Degrees – Perfect Master
Ineffable Degrees – Intendant of the Building
Ineffable Degrees – Intimate Secretary
Ineffable Degrees – Provost and Judge
Ineffable Degrees – Master’s Elect of Nine
Ineffable Degrees – Master’s Elect of Fifteen
Ineffable Degrees – Sublime Knights Elected
Ineffable Degrees – Grand Master Architect
Ineffable Degrees – Knight of the Ninth Arch
Ineffable Degrees – Degree of Perfection, Or, Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Mason
Historical and Philosophical Degrees
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Prince of Jerusalem
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Knight of the East and West
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Sovereign Prince of Rose-Croix de Harodim, and the Knight of the Eagle and Pelican
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Grand Pontiff
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Grand Master of All Symbolic Lodges
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Chief of the Tabernacle
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Prince of the Tabernacle
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Degree of Knight of the Brazen Serpent
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Prince of Mercy, Or, Scottish Trinitarian Degree
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Sovereign Commander of the Temple
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Knight of the Sun, Or, Prince Adept
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Knight of Kadosh
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Sovereign Grand Inspector General
Historical and Philosophical Degrees – Knight of the East, Or Sword
Take heed, Masons, this is an 1860 First Edition. This rare book is 153 years old.
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