I'm pretty sure I can say that I have one occult book that @rarebooksleuth doesn't have HA HA.
How much money would you spend on an old used book? Would you spend triple, maybe even quad digits on a book? I would! Honestly, I wouldn't resell this book to someone for quad digits. This sucker is mine!
I found this book at a used bookstore in Saint Augustine Florida 12 years ago. A bookstore that is no longer there. They had a HUGE occult section with several shelves full of Masonic books. Sadly I had it packed away in a tub in Florida with family for the past 7 years. Now that I got it back I can finally start going through it again.
Usually when you find old Masonic books they are small lodges that have just one years worth of that lodges history or something related to the Knights Templar, maybe even a later edition of Albert Pike's Morals and Dogma. So I was rather thrilled to find this big blue Masonic Book filled with 125 years of Masonic history on the shelf. It is a memorial volume over 500 pages long printed on thick paper that is gilded. For a book that is over 100 years old you can still see the shiny gold luster on the edge of the pages.
At the time I found this book I couldn't put it down. The fact that this book covers not just one year but 125 years of Masonic history is amazing! It turns out Lodge number 45 is one of the mother lodges here in the States going all the way back to the year 1785 during the time our country and Constitution was being founded. It documents EVERY member of this lodge from the years 1785 to 1910 along with the history of Freemasonry in America during all these times. This book is only presented to those after they've been sworn in as 33rd degree Freemasons. Hence why this book is blue for "blue lodge Freemasonry." I can't imagine there being maybe more than 50 to 100 of these books ever printed. Maybe even less? More? IDK
This is a poem that is written in the introduction at the beginning of the book. Throughout the book there is lots of other great poems written in it as well as the minutes and rituals and who swore in who during each year.
It even documents proof that Benjamin Franklin was sworn in as a Freemason in St. John's Lodge February 15th, 1730, in Philadelphia. Another thing to take note of is Franklin documents there being a meeting of masons on July 4th, 1730. That date, July 4th, does it have anything to do with that date later being when they would all sign the Declaration of Independence? Hmmm
If you want to know more you can read the entire contents of this book here on their website for free:
Lodge number 45 still exists to this day. Just check out the rest of their website. If you live in Pittsburgh you might even know where the lodge is and have driven past it yourself.
Thanks for looking and I hope you find this book informative and educational.
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