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The Constitutions of the Free-Masons. Containing the History, Charges, Regulations, &c. of that most ancient and right worshipful fraternity. For the use of Lodges.

Author Anderson, James
Title The Constitutions of the Free-Masons. Containing the History, Charges, Regulations, &c. of that most ancient and right worshipful fraternity. For the use of Lodges.
Imprint London: Printed... for John Senex
Date of Publication c, 1723
Language English
Notes A very fine copy of the second book on Freemasonry published in England, the first being The Old Constitutions published in pamphlet form the year before. According to Lionel Vibert (The Rare Books of Freemasonry, 1923) there had been only fifteen printed references to freemasonry before 1722. The Grand Lodge of England was formed in 1717 and the Constitutions was published six years later, going through twenty-four editions between 1723 and 1897. It quickly became the standard work of history and reference on the subject well into the late nineteenth century. The author, James Anderson (1680-1739) was born and educated in Aberdeen. In 1710 he was appointed minister of the Presbyterian Church in Swallow Street London. He was also Grand Warden of the Lodge of England, and it was in this capacity that he was requested to produce an authoritative digest of the constitutions of the 'fraternity'. Exceedingly rare with the half-title present and in such pristine condition, the frontispiece by John Pine is also in fine condition. It is bound in contemporary panelled calf. From the Library of the Marquis of Linlithgow with his armorial bookplate on the front pastedown.
Shelfmark RB.m.446
Reference Sources ESTC T86287
Acquired on 22/05/00
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