1870 Cryptic Freemasonry Occult Masonic Crypt Secrets King Solomon Antique 1st For Sale
THE TEXT BOOK OF CRYPTIC MASONRY
Original 1870 First Edition of "The Text Book of Cryptic Masonry" by Jackson H. Chase :: Published by New York: Masonic Publishing Company :: Measures 4 x 6 1/2" :: Complete with 94 Pages.
VERY GOOD CONDITION: A tightly bound volume, minor cracking to front hinge but both hinges remain firm, bookplate in front, clean pages, minor cover wear, complete with all pages; overall a great condition example of this rare masonic work.
This work is a manual of the council; or monitorial instructions in the degree of Royal and Select Master, with an Additional Section on the Super-Excellent Master's Degree. The Cryptic degrees are centered on stories involving a vault or crypt where certain treasures were hidden beneath King Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem for very specific purposes.
Cryptic Masonry now consists of the two degrees that concern the crypt or vault under King Solomon's Temple, the Royal Master degree and the Select Master degree. These originally had no relation to each other, and were only combined into a Rite until after they had each existed for many years. In some states the Super Excellent Master degree is also included in the Cryptic Rite, but some say it should not be because it does not deal with the "crypt" story and it is not really a degree but a ceremony. However, it is described as a beautiful ceremony, and it is not clear why some call it a ceremony rather than a degree. The latter section of this book includes ceremonies of installing the officers, constituting and dedicating a council and Installing the officers of a Grand Council. A great work on an often overlooked part of Freemasonry.
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