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JONES, Stephen, 1763-1827 : MASONIC MISCELLANIES, IN POETRY AND PROSE : IN THREE PARTS ...

JONES, Stephen, 1763-1827 : MASONIC MISCELLANIES, IN POETRY AND PROSE : IN THREE PARTS ...

London : by W. Wilson, for Vernor, Hood, & Sharpe, [and four others], 1811. “New edition, enlarged and improved” – the second London edition, expanding on the original 1797 edition. The first part, “The Muse of Masonry”, comprises numerous songs, as well as poetry, toasts, and sentiments. The second, “The Masonic Essayist”, is made up of fifteen essays and addresses – vindications and exhortations – while the third, “The Free-Mason's Vade Mecum” gives a complete companion – history, officers, constitutions, prayers, charges, ceremonies, and a list of lodges, etc.
Foolscap 12mo (141 x 83mm). (x),[2],348pp. Engraved frontispiece. Bound in a neat contemporary half calf, ruled and gilt; black label; marbled sides; a little rubbed; a few minor internal marks and spots, but otherwise a very good, sound and serviceable copy of an uncommon title not noted by Vibert. Pencilled ownership inscriptions.

£200

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TREWMAN, Robert, 1738-1802 : THE PRINCIPLES OF FREE-MASONRY DELINEATED.

TREWMAN, Robert, 1738-1802 : THE PRINCIPLES OF FREE-MASONRY DELINEATED.

Exeter : Printed (and sold) by R. Trewman, 1777. First edition. An attractive provincial masonic miscellany, compiled, printed and published by the Exeter bookseller Robert Trewman. Comprises various charges and addresses – on masonry, initiation, charity, masters of lodges, etc., with prayers, laws for lodges, ceremonies of consecration, installation and laying foundations, funerals, etc., a rebuttal of objections to freemasonry, material on Freemasons’ Hall, the antient masons, the York masons, together with anthems, odes, an extensive selection of songs, a list of English lodges, etc., and a list of some 260 mainly local subscribers.
Crown 8vo (182 x 108mm). (xxiv),266,[ii]pp. Engraved frontispiece by John Kirk of London after Brother John Chubb of Bridgewater. Bound in a later (early twentieth-century) half sprinkled calf; green label; marbled sides; lightly rubbed; title-page a little dusty; some light internal marks, creases, and faint marginal discolouration in places, but a good copy. Eight names of members of the Wilson family inscribed on verso of frontispiece, apparently all in the same hand. From the collection of Albert Edward Collins Nice (1898-1969). ESTC T105458 – noting just four copies.

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