"THE HISTORY OF FREEMASONRY" by Albert Gallatin Mackey, hardcover history book 1966, published by Gramercy Books in America, leather bound with gold embossed writing and gold edged pages. Very Good Used Condition.
An in-depth study of one of the world's most controversial and secretive organizations traces the history of Freemasonry, from its founding in ancient biblical times to the present; profiles some of its leading members; and discusses its rituals and tenets.The fraternal order of Free and Accepted Masons, or Freemasons, is a secret society, yet its influence and effect on Western society in general and American society and government in particular, have been great. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Mark Twain, Henry Ford, Billy Graham, Arnold Palmer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, Voltaire, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Tony Blair - all are Freemasons. Built upon the three pillars of brotherly love, charity, and truth, the order of Freemasons has long been known as a charitable organization. Because of their mysterious and secretive rituals though, much speculation has surrounded the society. In this classic volume, Freemasonry authority Albert Gallatin Mackey explores the mystical and symbolical history of the order. Freemasonry has its legendary roots in the patriarchs of the Bible. The recorded origins of the Freemasons go as far back as ancient Rome, where a brotherhood of builders and architects formed the forerunner of what would become the guilds of the Middle Ages. By 1717, the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons was established in London. That society would eventually make its way to the British colonies that were to become the United States, and to the rest of the world. Freemasonry is rich with symbolic meaning, where legend and tradition are often blended together. Mackey discusses the Stone of Philosophers, the importance of Euclidean geometry, the significance of various forms of architecture and how they relate to Freemasonry. With black-and-white plates throughout, The History of Freemasonry is an indispensable volume to anyone who wants to better understand the antecedents of one of the most powerful associations among mankind. Book jacket.The fraternal order of Freemasons has been a mysterious organization since its origins centuries ago. Many historical figures such as Voltaire, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin were Freemasons and made the society all the more intriguing. This classic text illuminates the society's origins as well as the philosophical and ritual foundations on which it is built. Readers can explore the mythical tales about Freemasonry and learn how they relate to the historical truth. Included are excerpts from rare sacred documents along with explanations of their significance, plus black and white illustrations.
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