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SHERER'S MASONIC DEGREE BOOK OF ANCIENT CRAFT MASONRY: BEING A CORRECT PRESENTATION OF THE EMBLEMS OF THE BLUE LODGE DEGREES OF ENTERED APPRENTICE, FELLOW CRAFT, AND MASTER MASON ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN SYSTEM
Cincinnati, 1866. Large folio. Modern half calf and cloth, original gilt leather label preserved on front cover. Slight paper loss, not affecting text, at bottom of titlepage, expertly filled in. Light foxing and some noticeable thumb-soiling, some pencil and ink notations annotating the images. Very good. An remarkably rare Masonic book illustrating ceremonies for the three degrees of craft masonry. John Sherer, himself a Mason, published a number of books on freemasonry, and found considerable success with both THE MASONIC LADDER (1866) and GEMS OF MASONRY (1859). The present work was produced in the wake of Sherer's Masonic Carpets, which he produced to hang in Masonic temples to aid masters with ceremonial rites. The last page carries the imprint of Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., who executed the lithography. This copy comes from the Hudson River Lodge, No. 607 in Newburgh, New York, with their label affixed to the front cover. Interestingly, Hudson River Lodge 607 was chartered the same year as this book's publication, 1866. The only known copies of this title are at Library of Congress, which lists two. Not in OCLC. From a publisher's advertisement in Sherer's THE MASONIC LADDER, also published in 1866: "SHERER'S MASONIC DEGREE BOOK. This is a collection of emblematic plates, suitable for framing separately, or for binding in a volume....They are from the finest lithographic drawings, printed in colors on the best plate paper. The correctness of their symbolisms and elegance of execution are vouched for by a long array of the intelligent brethren who have examined them.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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