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The Encyclopedia of Useful Knowledge Concerning the Duties, Responsibilities and Prerogatives of the Worshipful Master; also, the Other Officers of the Lodge, Embracing Full Instructions Upon Parliamentary law with all Other Matters Essential to the Hono
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The Encyclopedia of Useful Knowledge Concerning the Duties, Responsibilities and Prerogatives of the Worshipful Master; also, the Other Officers of the Lodge, Embracing Full Instructions Upon Parliamentary law with all Other Matters Essential to the Hono

By Macoy, Robert (1815-1895)

New York: Macoy, 1885. First Edition. Small Octavo. 302 pages, index. While famous for establishing the Order of the Eastern Star and major works on Masonic history and rituals, this work is among the most important and in very nice condition (most copies were used as working copies) in study and preparation. He became the Sovereign Grand Inspector General as he received his 33rd degree in 1850.Bound in dark blue pictorial gilt, spine lettering gilt, floral endpapers, tiny chip to foot. A very nice copy.

$90.00

Manual of Bayonet Exercise; Prepared for the Use of the Army of the United States
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Manual of Bayonet Exercise; Prepared for the Use of the Army of the United States

By McClellan, George B.

Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1862. Small Octavo. 118 pages, xxiv leaves of plates. This copy belonged to John N. Budlong (1837-1889) of the 8th Regiment of the New York Cavalry, Company G while stationed for the Union side at Falls Creek, Virginia. The National Republican newspaper of Washington, D.C., requested in 1883 for all officers and soldiers of the Army of the Potomac to send their names, regiment and corps along with their address to the paper for recognition of the stalward citizens of the nation's capitol. He listed himself as 8th, New York Cavalry, residing at 629 1/2 S.W., Washington, D.C. He later worked for the U.S. Agricultural Department and became a prominent member of the Masonic order as he served as head of the Columbia Commandery. He signed it with his name J Budlong, with numbers 335 of the NY Regiment at Falls Creek, Va (Feb? 17, 186[4?]. Item was further signed by his son John W. Budlong. It is rare to have contemporary manuals used in the Civil War by those who served in the 8th New York Cavalry that have survived in near fine condition, newly bound beautifully in full leather with marbled endpapers, all edges speckled brown.

$1200.00

One Hundredth Anniversary Celebration, September 4, 1824
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One Hundredth Anniversary Celebration, September 4, 1824

By No. 41 Freemasons Free and Accepted Masons Lafayette Lodge

Manchester, New Hampshire: Np, 1924. Octavo. 16p. Only recorded copy is in the New Hampshire Historical Society (OCLC). A rare item commemorating both Lafayette who is honored as an early Mason through his association with General George Washington and Major General John Stark who was prominent Mason in no. 41 and a hero at Bunker Hill, Bennington and Saratoga. Bound in blue paper wraps lettered in dark blue, some toning to edges, blind stamp of the now defunct Long Island Historical Society, short closed tear now to front wrapper. Pamphlet housed within a stiff board backed in brown cloth.

$55.00

Knights of Pythias (scrapbook); The knights of Pythias Boston and  The Official Pythian Lodge Directory 1909 (three works together)
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Knights of Pythias (scrapbook); The knights of Pythias Boston and The Official Pythian Lodge Directory 1909 (three works together)

AZ. Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization and secret society founded in Washington, DC, on 19 February 1864. It was the first fraternal organization to receive a charter under an act of the United States Congress. Offered here is a marvelous scrapbook of the Knights of Pythias in Arizona by John M. Aitkens. John M Aitken was initiated in the Prescott Lodge April 23 1891. He served four terms as Master of Exchequer for the Prescott Lodge. He became a Past Chancellor January 1, 1893, and in 1894 was a representative to the Grand Lodge. In 1897 he transferred his membership to the Phoenix Lodge, of which he has been trustee since July 1, 1901. He was later unanimously elected Grand Chancellor and served from June 13, 1902 to May 15, 1903. His wife was Grand Chief Georgia W. Aitken, a native born Arizonan who whose parents were Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Weaver, both upstanding pioneers of Prescott. This book is filled with history on the Pythians of Arizona and its members from various cities across Arizona. Includes programs, dates and information on various conventions and Lodges, letters and photographs of lodge members dating 1894, 1896, 1902 and 1903. Also, a photograph of President McKinley greeting people at one of his stops while traveling through Arizona from the back of his Presidential train. There is an article about the only female Pythian, Miss Calanthe, visiting Phoenix. Offered together with two books title, The knights of Pythias Boston 1908 presented to J.M. Aitken, Arizona bound in a deep purple suede lettered in gilt and with the Pythian coat-of-arms and The Official Pythian Lodge Directory 1909, Tenth Year bound in green cloth lettered in gilt with the Pythian coat-of-arms. A fine collection.

$750.00

Odd Fellows Monitor and Guide, Containing History of the Degree of Rebekah, and Its Teachings, Emblems of the Order, According to the Present Classification, and Teachings of Ritual, as Understood By Obligated Odd Fellows and Their Wives, with a Brief..

By Beharrell, Rev. T. G.

Indianapolis: Robert Douglas, 1886. Cloth Hardcover. Good. Octavo (7¾" - 9¾" tall). 424pp. Illustrated. A history of the Degree of Rebekah, giving its origin, with a reference to some of the beauties of this grand adjunct to Odd Fellowship, which unfolds the mysteries of the order to the wives of its members and discloses the grand objects of the Fraternity. Bound in pictorial gilt brown cloth, decorated with gilt devices of Odd Fellows symbol on front cover and title on spine.

$55.00

The Freemason's Annual; a Gift for All Seasons with New and Elegant Illustrations
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The Freemason's Annual; a Gift for All Seasons with New and Elegant Illustrations

By Perry, John; Paschall Donaldson

New York, nd (ca,1864): Leavitt & Allen. Octavo. 263p. 6 engravings of the virtues; beauty, justice, faith, hope, charity, and presentation to Harry Drake. Such exquisite books were intended as gift books, hence, the page for an inscription. Although gift books began in England in 1822, those printed in America were initially too expensive to produce but by the 1850's, they became a small niche market though they averaged $3.50 which was a week's wages in the mid-nineteenth century. (Some sold for as much as $20). Since this book was presented to a California well-to-do miner, it would have cost in the higher range. A beautiful copy in the original blue ribbed-morocco-grain cloth. Gold, orange, green, tan, and brown stamping on spine. Blind, gold, red, orange, yellow, green and brown stamping on back. Endpapers colored yellow. Copies are very scarce and none have appeared at auction in the last forty years. See Columbia Universities exhibit: "Judging a Book by its Cover; Gold-Stamped Publisher's Bindings of the Nineteenth Century". A very handsome copy with some wear on spine-ends else a near fine copy.

$375.00

Ancient Operative Masonry (inscribed By S.R. Parchment to Widow of Max Heindel)sub-titled: A Treatise on Ancient Operative Masonry and  the Mysteries of Antiquity
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Ancient Operative Masonry (inscribed By S.R. Parchment to Widow of Max Heindel)sub-titled: A Treatise on Ancient Operative Masonry and the Mysteries of Antiquity

By Parchment, S.R. (Samuel Richard Parchment)

San Francisco; (1930): San Francisco Center--Rosicrucian Fellowship. First Edition. Octavo. 209p. Inscribed January 27,1931: "A birthday remembrance to our Beloved Leader, Mrs. Max Heindel. May the great-Cosmic Law grant unto thee both Wisdom and Strength to Steer the Good Ship of the Elder Brothers of the cross, and permit thee to Spend many more birthday [sic] in our midst. Your friend and coworker, S.R. Parchment." The Rosicrucian Anthroposophical League was founded in 1932 by S.R. Parchment, as astrologer and occultist who trained with Max Heindel. During the 1920's Parchment became a leader in the Rosicrucian Fellowship founded by Heindel which published his early writings. However, he broke away from the fellowship center in San Francisco. He became famous for his textbook, Astrology, Mundane and Spiritual. A remarkable copy in terms of its connection with the earliest influence on Parchment and inscribed just weeks after the copy came out. Bound in blue cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt, red and black. Light wear along edges with some light pencil marks but a good copy with ex-library stamp on front endpaper.

$750.00

History of the Most Ancient and Honorable  Fraternity of Free and Accepted Mason in New York from the Earliest Date...
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History of the Most Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Mason in New York from the Earliest Date...

By McClenachan, Charles T.

New York: Published By the Grand Lodge, 1888. Large Octavo. Volume I: 450 pages; Volume II: 616p.; Volume III 614p. The importance of these volumes is they cover the role of Free Masonry in both the Colonial period, the American Revolution, and the early Federalist period to 1860. Volume II has a number of Washington engravings whose Masonic membership was vital, p. 124 has a plate calling him the "god like Washington". There are 43 engravings with several regarding Washington and the house he lived in as President of the United States. A fourth volume was issued covering the period from the Civil War to 1892 and usually comes in a different binding. Bound in brown cloth centrally stamped in gilt, spine lettering and top edges gilt, uncut and unopened. A very good set with corners bumped light wear to spine ends.

$375.00

History of the Forest Lodge, No. 148 of Free and Accepted Masons of Springfield, Me

By Freemasons. Forest Lodge

Portland, Maine: Stephen Berry, 1872. 15p. Very scarce only reported copies at the American Antiquarian Society and the National Heritage Museum. 15p. Bound in Pamphlet binder for Long Island Historical Society with their blindstamp on title page. Small chip off upper corner not extending to text. Tells history of lodge, costs of its new building and names and jobs of its members.

$95.00

Grand Encampment of Knights Templar, Twenty-Sixth Triennial Conclave. Official Souvenir...Held in the City of Boston, 1895

Boston: Grand Encampment, 1895. Oblong Octavo. This copy came from the estate of Frank C. Roundy (1858-1955). He served as Imperial Potentate of the Shrine, 1907-1908. In his long life he personally knew every imperial potetentate from its founding in 1876 and installed many of them in office. At the time of his death he was the oldest living 33rd degree AASR (NJ). Also laid in is Frank C. Roundy's Honorary Membership of the Syria Temple of Pittsburgh, of the Syria temple in Pittsburgh with engraving of Winfield Scott Schley, retired Admiral of the US Navy, a photograph signed by five officers, and a phograph of James McVittie Potententate of Medinah Temple of Chicago with Thomas C Law, Sept 6, 1941. In short, an archive of one of the most prominent shriners. Bound in blue-green cloth lettered and decorated in gilt, one corner worn. A very handsome copy.

$130.00

Proceedings of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States of America. 36th Triennial Conclave, Seattle, Washington, July 28th, 29th, and 30th, A.D. 1925, A.O. 807

By Hamersly, Adrian (Grand Recorder)

Knightstown, IN: KnIghts Templar of the United States of america. First Edition. Octavo (7¾" - 9¾" tall). Very Good., 692pp. Proceedings, addresses, program, and list of activities of the 1925 conclave. Then considered the most important in the organization's history. Bound in black clotht, embossed border lines, KT cross device in gilt, and gilt title letters on spine (lightly rubbed, otherwise very clean and tight).

$75.00

Assim e o Rotary

By Ribeiro, Eurico Branco

Sao Paulo: Saraiva, 1953. Soft Cover. Very Good. 24mo - over 5" - 5¾" tall. Portuguese text. 311pp. Rotary service organizations. In printed wrapper (interior clean and tight; outer panel moderately soiled, and small chipping at spine.

$40.00