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Neues Constitutionenbuch der alten ehrwuerdigen Bruederschaft der Freimaurer

Author Anderson, James
Title Neues Constitutionenbuch der alten ehrwuerdigen Bruederschaft der Freimaurer
Imprint Frankfurt: In der Andreaeischen Buchhandlung
Date of Publication 1743
Language German
Notes This is the second, enlarged edition of the German translation of James Anderson's "The Constitutions of the Free Masons; containing the History, Charges, Regulations, &c. of that Most Ancient and Right Worshipful Fraternity. For the Use of the Lodges", which was first published in 1723. Organised freemasonry became established in 1717 when four London lodges formed themselves into a Grand Lodge. In 1721 Anderson, himself a freemason, was asked to produce a rulebook, the Constitutions, which passed through several English editions and was translated into German. The Constitutions are based on a manuscript rulebook which existed in several handwritten copies, dealing with the masons' duties and regulations as well as the history of masonry from the creation. This edition has a beautiful folded frontispiece engraving representing the armorial sword. The sword plays an important part in Masonic ceremonial and the Grand Sword Bearer leads all processions of Grand Lodge carrying a similar sword.
Shelfmark RB.s.2334
Reference Sources DNB
Acquired on 20/10/03
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