RARE 1888 ANTIQUE FREEMASONRY Book MASONIC WEBB MONITOR Occult Freemason MASONRY For Sale
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RARE 1888 ANTIQUE FREEMASONRY Book MASONIC WEBB MONITOR Occult Freemason MASONRY
WEBB'S FREEMASON'S MONITOR (1888)
Thomas Smith Webb and James Fenton
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Here is theoriginal 1888 Editionof"WEBB'S FREEMASON'S MONITOR: with the Michigan burial service adopted 1881 and other public ceremonies together with many useful forms," byThomas Smith Webb and James Fenton. Published byDetroit : Richmond & Backus Co.
Condition is overall GOOD.Binding is straight and tight with all pages firmly intact. Hinges are solid and strong. Covers have bumped corners, edgewear, light staining and faded gilt on front cover and spine. Pages are quite clean and supple. There is light finger smudging and minimal foxing on some of the pages. No musty or smoky smells. No dampstaining. A good copy of this ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FOUR year old book.
INTRIGUE, SPECUALTION AND CONSPIRACY
Freemasonry has long been the subject of much intrigue and speculation. Many have wondered what really goes on behind Lodge doors. The esoteric nature of the fraternity has given Freemasonry its share of detractors and along with that, conspiracy theories. Perhaps this is because for centuries nothing was written down. Masonic teaching was passed on from brother to brother via mouth to ear. In early lodges, symbols were drawn on dirt floors with sticks and later trampled out. As a result, early Masonic rituals and teachings have been shrouded in mystery.
Eventually there came a time when the fraternity saw a need to standardize rituals; to write them down for referral. Thomas Smith Webb authored what was to become the standard ritual for Freemasons.
A STANDARD WORK FROM A FREEMASONRY 'STAR'
Webb, born in 1771 was highly revered by the Freemasonry brotherhood. At only twenty-six he authored this book, The Freemason’s Monitor or Illustrations of Masonry. This literary work brought international fame to Webb and became the standard ritual for many Freemasonry jurisdictions.
Webb’s Monitor is a collection of many of the writings of William Preston, an English gentleman who devoted his lifetime to the study of the Freemasonry craft and perfecting Masonic lectures.
So popular was The Freemason’s Monitor that it ran to seven editions. Webb also holds the rare distinction of being involved in the formation of two large National Masonic bodies. He is known as the founding father of the York or American Rite.
This particular 1888 edition of Webb's Freemason's Monitor was compiled by James Fenton. It was adopted in 1881 and includes the burial service and other public ceremonies. It also contains many useful forms.
INITIATION RITUALS, CEREMONIES, SYMBOLS + MORE!
This fascinating volume is an insider's glimpse into Freemasonry as it has been practiced for centuries. Learn the initiation rituals, ceremonies, passwords and symbology. It also includes the complete funeral service and burial rituals bestowed upon Brother Freemasons.
The fascinating 'insider's knowledge' make this gem a desired collectible for any Freemason or Masonic collector's library.
Please note: This edition is not illustrated.
Below you will find a table of contents, book features, a sampling of several of the pictures/pages in the book and a short biography/summary of the author or subject.
Origin of Masonry and its General Advantages
The Government of the Fraternity Explained
The Importance of the Secrets of Masonry Demonstrated
The Ceremony of Opening and Closing a Lodge
Charges and Regulations for the Conduct and Behavior of Masons
Prerequisites for a Candidate
Remarks on the First Lecture
Remarks on the Second Degree
Remarks on the Third Degree
The Ceremony Observed at Funerals, According to the Ancient Custom
Ceremony of Installation
Ceremony of Laying the Foundation Stones of Public Structures
Forms Most Commonly Required
- Measures 4.5" x 7" (18 cm)
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A Little Freemasonry History
The Freemasons have been the subject of much intrigue, speculation and discussion for centuries.The true origins of Freemasonry are not known. The knowledge has been lost to history, which leaves room only for speculation.
Some researchers believe that the origins go as far back as either the Ancient Mysteries, the Crusades, the Jewish religion, the Rosicrucian’s or the Knights Templar. Although all of these theories have been considered, no firm conclusions have ever been reached.
According to some legends the brotherhood dates back to the construction of King Solomon’s Temple. These legends appeared to be substantiated when the British Archaeologist and Egyptologist, Sir William Petrie, towards the end of the 19th century, unearthed papyrus records in the Liberian desert describing meetings of these guilds. Some scholars however do not feel that there is sufficient data to fully substantiate the claims.
Along with speculation on the origins of Freemasonry, there have also been hundreds of conspiracy theories that have plagued Freemasons from as early as the late 1700’s. Generally these theories fall into just a couple of categories: Political Domination and Anti-Christian or Devil Worship.
Likely these are a result of the esoteric nature of the Masonic rituals and symbols, misinterpretations of Masonic doctrines and the repetition of false claims. In fact, in the late 1890’s author Leo Taxil, decided to mock not only Freemasonry but also the Roman Catholic Church for their opposition to Freemasonry.
He wrote 4 volumes filled with ‘damning eyewitness accounts’ from people who allegedly participated in demonic worship as Freemasons. Prior to writing his books, he had undergone a ‘fake’ conversion to Catholicism.
One of the eyewitnesses in his book was a woman by the name of Diana Vaughn who claimed to have been involved with Satanic Freemason rituals. His book even received the praise from the Pope.
Taxil called a press conference in late 1897 where he promised to introduce Diana Vaughn to the world. Instead he announced that all of his writing was fictitious and a hoax and he thanked the Clergy for giving press to his wild claims.
Yet, still to this day his fictitious writings are used against Freemasons.. Some of the other theories are that Freemasons are secretly working towards a New World Order where one world Government controlled by a secret elite will govern the entire world.
There have been suggestions that Freemasons were behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Others have claimed that they secretly back a Jewish front for world domination. In fact, because of this theory Adolph Hitler outlawed Freemasonry.
Some believe that Freemasons secretly control the United States and United Kingdom governments.
This may come from the fact that many prominent politicians—Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and thirteen other United States Presidents--in the history of the United States were indeed Freemasons.
Also there is much speculation about ‘hidden symbols and numerology in our National Seals, architecture, dollar bill and even streets in Washington, D.C. Many prominent men throughout history have been Freemasons. This may have led to the mistaken theory that Freemasons ‘control’ governments, etc.
Yet, these famous Masons have come from all walks of life. With so many powerful members how is rank decided upon in a Freemason Lodge?
It matters not what a man’s religion (except no atheists are permitted), wealth, or station in life is behind the Lodge doors. In fact, the only significant rank in a Masonic lodge is Masonic rank, and that is conferred by vote of the members.
A sergeant in the army can be master of and preside over a lodge that includes generals and other high-ranking officers among its membership, which has often happened.
It has been reported that when Theodore Roosevelt became a Mason he discovered his gardener was serving as master of the lodge—the presiding officer. Men of high station outside Masonry evidence no resentment when men of lower outside station occupy positions of greater Masonic authority.
Prominent Freemasons have included the likes of Benedict Arnold, Four of Napoleon Bonaparte’s brothers, though not the great Emperor himself, Sir Winston Churchill, Joseph Smith, fourteen American Presidents, Buffalo Bill, Davey Crocket, Henry Ford, Jack Dempsey, Clark Gable, King George VI, John Hancock, Harry Houdini, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Norman Vincent Peale, Mozart, Albert, Richard Pryor, Paul Revere, Mark Twain, John Wayne and Steve Wozniak to name just a few.
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