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The Antiquities of Free-Masonry. Comprising illustrations of the five grand periods of Masonry, from the creation of the world to the dedication of King Solomon's temple.
London: G. and B. Whittaker, 1823. - FIRST EDITION. Octavo, pp.xvi; 366. In a contemporary binding of full tree calf, gilt titles and tooling to spine, decorative gilt border to boards, edges marbled. Five folding maps and plans bound in at rear. Later endpapers. Both hinges split along the gutters, some moderate spotting throughout the textblock, especially to prelims and also to the folding plates at rear. Binding is rubbed and worn to extremities, both joints split along the top inch at the front, top two inches or so at rear, but still holding firm. Loose flap of leather to top right corner of the upper board has been glued back down, small gouge to the centre of the board. Library number to foot of spine. A very good copy of a rare book. Owned by a member of Wellington Lodge, No. 707, Chepstow, with neat ownership inscriptions to the title page and to the first page of text to note this. The Lodge was short-lived, formed in 1818 and closing in 1837 due to a lack of members. According to the Library and museum of Freemasonry the only surviving artefacts are a medal dated 1820, and a membership list from 1819. With a later engraved Scottish Rite/Rose Croix bookplate affixed to front pastedown. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Adrian Harrington Ltd, PBFA, ABA, ILAB]
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