http://iandi.us/ - BookLibrary - Freemasonry BookLibrary BookLibrary 2018-01-20 09:32:44 BookLibrary Le Maçon démasqué, ou le vrai Secret des Francs Maçons, mis au jour dans toutes ses parties http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=83&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175658
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-12 22:46:23
Language: French
Price: 22.49


Ce texte, une des divulgations du XVIIIème siècle, est une source importante d’informations et de compréhension des rituels de la jeune maçonnerie de l'époque et semble être le reflet des pratiques anglaises  (voir son équivalent anglais (traduction ou original?), Solomon in all his glory; or, the Master-Mason (1766).
Il comprend notamment, (1) une description des réceptions des trois grades; (2) le catéchisme de ces grades; (3) quatre chansons; (4) une version courte des Constitutions des Francs-Maçons; et (5) une explication des meubles de la loge, de quelques signes, et de l'écriture des Francs-maçons.

Les trois illustrations majeures ont été retouchées, le 'Tableau de Compagnon', le 'Tableau de Maître' et les 'Meubles de la loge, signes et écriture'.


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2017-01-12 22:46:23
Révélations complètes sur la franc-maçonnerie. Les soeurs maçonnes http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=82&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175634
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-12 22:43:55
Language: French
Price: 24.99


En 1886 L. Taxil publie en quatre volumes et près de 1 750 pages ses Révélations complètes sur la Franc-Maçonnerie, consacrées aux « Frères Trois-Points », aux rituels maçonniques, au Grand-Architecte et aux Sœurs maçonnes. Par cette œuvre, celles qui la précèdent et celles qui suivent, L. Taxil s’efforce de couvrir l’ensemble des connaissances en rapport à la Franc-Maçonnerie : les règlements généraux des obédiences, les rituels du Rite écossais ancien et accepté, les pratiques maçonniques et profanes des francs-maçons, le culte du Grand Architecte, etc.
Le volume portant sur les sœurs maçonnes est unique en renseignements sur les loges d'Adoption, les banquets d’Adoption, les grades spéciaux du Rite Ecossais, les chants, dix rites divers de la Maçonnerie androgyne, et une liste des ouvrages maçonniques officiels, donnant en tout ou en partie, la Clef des Symboles Secret.
Il s’agit d’un ouvrage de fond indispensable à la mise-en-place d’une compréhension du développement des branches de la Maçonnerie en Europe au 19e siècle.


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2017-01-12 22:43:55
Use and Abuse of Freemasonry http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=81&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175627
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-12 22:41:23
Language: English
Price: 19.99


According to G. Oliver, Captain Smith was a man “plain in speech and manners, but honourable and upright in his dealings, and an active and zealous Mason”. In the late 18th century, G. Smith’s work was both necessary and useful although not sanctioned by the Grand Lodge. It informs on various aspects of Freemasonry, from history to philosophy. Two of its chapters are of particular interest, that of masonic charity, and that of a discussion on women and masonry. Finally, this book is of interest as it is one of the publications for which written documentation exist in terms of the mechanism of Grand Lodge sanction of masonic literature.[1]

[1] See for example Masonic Review, 1856, 15:90 citing G. Oliver’s ‘Fire!—Captain G. Smith’ in The revolution of a square, 1855.


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2017-01-12 22:41:23
The General Ahiman Rezon http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=79&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175610
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-12 22:35:32
Language: English
Price: 19.99


Following the publication by L. Dermott of the Ahiman Rezon (1756), a series of secondary publications bearing identical or similar titles emerged in the 19th century. D. Sickles published his in 1866 (or 1867). Like that of S. Rockell’s 1859’s General Ahiman Rezon, this book has no other connection with the work of Demott but the name. It borrows the name from the Ancient Freemasons but derive all its laws and authorities from the Moderns or ‘legal’ Freemasons of the 19th century. This work should be approached after consulting the entry ‘Ahiman Rezon’ in Mackey's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry.
Little is known of D. Sickles (1825 –), whose name is the same as the famous Daniel Edgar Sickles, except that he worked with Robert Macoy at the Masonic Publishing and Manufacturing Co.


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2017-01-12 22:35:32
L'ordre des francs maçons trahi et Le secret des Mopses http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=77&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175573
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-12 19:44:32
Language: French
Price: 24.99


Il s’agit d’un ouvrage d’introduction destiné au public, adressant les concepts du secret maçonnique et décrivant certains aspects de la vie maçonnique et du travail des trois premiers grades de la maçonnerie et republiant un recueil de pièces de vers & de chansons maçonnes. Le chapitre couvrant l’Ordre des Mopses donne des renseignements rares sur cette loge mixte, établie à la suite de l'excommunication que le Pape Clément VII avait lancée en 1736 contre la Franc-Maçonnerie.
Il faut noter des incertitudes, au niveau du titre qui existe sous plusieurs variantes, et de l’auteur : G. Pérau aurait été soit l’auteur soit l’éditeur. L’auteur réel pourrait être Giovanni Gualberto Bottarelli (Barbier, Dict. des ouvrages anonymes 3:737 ; Caillet, Manuel bibliographique des sciences psychiques ou occultes, 3:1912 257-258).
L’annexe ajoute au texte original (1) Statuts de l'Ordre de la Boisson ; (2) Liste des œuvres de G. Pérau ; (3) liste des références. Les ajoutes sont placées entre crochets. Les illustrations ont été retouchées.


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2017-01-12 19:44:32
Recueil précieux de la maçonnerie adonhiramite http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=76&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175603
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-12 19:41:37
Language: French
Price: 21.75


Louis Guillemain de Saint Victor, écrivain maçonnique français, a soit établi la Maçonnerie Adonhiramite, ou l’a modifiée en un système fonctionnel. En 1781, il publie le Recueil précieux de la maçonnerie adonhiramite dont il serait l’auteur. Cette attribution n’est pas certaine et Ragon est également mentionné comme auteur. Ce livre contient les instructions des quatre premiers degrés et un chapitre sur les violences exercées contre les Francs-maçons. En 1785, il publie le volume qui comprend les hauts degrés du rite. Son Origine de la maçonnerie adonhiramite cherche à établir un lien entre l’initiation maçonnique et les mystères des prêtres égyptiens.
Selon l’auteur, cette œuvre contient ‘les Catéchismes des quatre premiers Grades, l'Ouverture et Clôture des différentes Loges, l'Instruction de la Table, les Santés générales et particulières, ainsi que les devoirs des premiers Officiers en charges : Enrichi d'une infinité de Demandes et de Réponses symboliques, de l’explication des Emblèmes et d'un grand nombre de Notes aussi curieuses qu'utiles.’


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2017-01-12 19:41:37
Book of the lodge and Aphorisms http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=75&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175566
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-11 19:37:57
Language: English
Price: 29.99


“It was reserved for Oliver to open out for the English Masonic student the great storehouse of Masonic antiquity, Perhaps no one writer has so much contributed to literature in so short a time as did Oliver; and we must fairly concede to him the credit of awakening a love of Masonic study in England, and of being the father of Anglo-Saxon Archaeological investigation.” Bro. Woodford. 1900.
Divided into two sections, this work offers (1) Rituals of building and works and (2) Ritual of work or 'Aphorisms'. The first part covers comparison of the rites practised by ancient and modern Brethren. The second covers maxims and precepts which may confirm our adherence to the laws and usages of the Craft, and elevate the tone of our Masonic life.
The added annex includes a review of the work by Crucifix, along with a suggested list of G. Oliver's works and a list of over 100 references (26 original and 93 new ones).
Labour is the rule in Masonry, refreshment the exception.


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Freemasonry Illustrated 3 - The complete Ritual of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=74&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175467
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-10 14:34:37
Language: English
Price: 34.99


Jonathan Blanchard (1811–1892) was an American pastor, educator, social reformer, and abolitionist. He took on the presidency of Wheaton College (Illinois) from 1860 to1882 and was instrumental in insuring its growth and constantly fought for universal co-education and of reform through strong public education open to all. He was also involved with Anti-Slavery and with Anti-Masonry. His position against Masonry and against secret societies emerged after a Covington, Kentucky lodge refused aid to a widow of a long-time member. Jacob O. Doesburg was Past Master of Unity Lodge No 191 Holland, Mich. and he probably was the person who provided the rituals. His name is associated with that of J. Blanchard on several works. The nature of their association, a Mason working with an anti-Mason, is yet to explain.

In light of J. Blanchard background, the three-volumes of Free-Masonry offer us important sources of information. The information is divided into two main themes: rituals and anti-masonic arguments.  The anti-masonic arguments may turn many pro-masonic readers away at once. However, this would prevent an attentive analysis of the rituals themselves that are of significant historical value at the time of the evolution of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (AASR). Second, an important aspect of Freemasonry being that of nurturing critical thinking, the arguments raised by J. Blanchard, heavily drawing from quotes from Masonic authorities, deserve to be studied carefully and, rather than rejected, counter-argued. This would represent an exercise in the art of Rhetoric, one of the seven liberal arts.
Volume 1 includes a general presentation of Freemasonry, the first three masonic degrees and the capitular degrees; Volume 2, a general presentation of the AASR and its first 18 degrees. Volume 3, the degrees 19 to 33rd and a synoptic chapter of illustrations of Volumes 2 and 3. The three volumes provide together 481 illustrations pertaining to Freemasonry.


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Freemasonry Illustrated 2 - The complete Ritual of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=73&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175450
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-10 14:31:48
Language: English
Price: 34.99


Jonathan Blanchard (1811–1892) was an American pastor, educator, social reformer, and abolitionist. He took on the presidency of Wheaton College (Illinois) from 1860 to1882 and was instrumental in insuring its growth and constantly fought for universal co-education and of reform through strong public education open to all. He was also involved with Anti-Slavery and with Anti-Masonry. His position against Masonry and against secret societies emerged after a Covington, Kentucky lodge refused aid to a widow of a long-time member. Jacob O. Doesburg was Past Master of Unity Lodge No 191 Holland, Mich. and he probably was the person who provided the rituals. His name is associated with that of J. Blanchard on several works. The nature of their association, a Mason working with an anti-Mason, is yet to explain.

In light of J. Blanchard background, the three-volumes of Free-Masonry offer us important sources of information. The information is divided into two main themes: rituals and anti-masonic arguments.  The anti-masonic arguments may turn many pro-masonic readers away at once. However, this would prevent an attentive analysis of the rituals themselves that are of significant historical value at the time of the evolution of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (AASR). Second, an important aspect of Freemasonry being that of nurturing critical thinking, the arguments raised by J. Blanchard, heavily drawing from quotes from Masonic authorities, deserve to be studied carefully and, rather than rejected, counter-argued. This would represent an exercise in the art of Rhetoric, one of the seven liberal arts.
Volume 1 includes a general presentation of Freemasonry, the first three masonic degrees and the capitular degrees; Volume 2, a general presentation of the AASR and its first 18 degrees. Volume 3, the degrees 19 to 33rd and a synoptic chapter of illustrations of Volumes 2 and 3. The three volumes provide together 481 illustrations pertaining to Freemasonry.


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2017-01-10 14:31:48
Freemasonry Illustrated 1 - The complete Ritual of the first masonic degrees http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=72&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175443
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-10 14:30:24
Language: English
Price: 34.99


Jonathan Blanchard (1811–1892) was an American pastor, educator, social reformer, and abolitionist. He took on the presidency of Wheaton College (Illinois) from 1860 to1882 and was instrumental in insuring its growth and constantly fought for universal co-education and of reform through strong public education open to all. He was also involved with Anti-Slavery and with Anti-Masonry. His position against Masonry and against secret societies emerged after a Covington, Kentucky lodge refused aid to a widow of a long-time member. Jacob O. Doesburg was Past Master of Unity Lodge No 191 Holland, Mich. and he probably was the person who provided the rituals. His name is associated with that of J. Blanchard on several works. The nature of their association, a Mason working with an anti-Mason, is yet to explain.

In light of J. Blanchard background, the three-volumes of Free-Masonry offer us important sources of information. The information is divided into two main themes: rituals and anti-masonic arguments.  The anti-masonic arguments may turn many pro-masonic readers away at once. However, this would prevent an attentive analysis of the rituals themselves that are of significant historical value at the time of the evolution of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (AASR). Second, an important aspect of Freemasonry being that of nurturing critical thinking, the arguments raised by J. Blanchard, heavily drawing from quotes from Masonic authorities, deserve to be studied carefully and, rather than rejected, counter-argued. This would represent an exercise in the art of Rhetoric, one of the seven liberal arts.
Volume 1 includes a general presentation of Freemasonry, the first three masonic degrees and the capitular degrees; Volume 2, a general presentation of the AASR and its first 18 degrees. Volume 3, the degrees 19 to 33rd and a synoptic chapter of illustrations of Volumes 2 and 3. The three volumes provide together 481 illustrations pertaining to Freemasonry.


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2017-01-10 14:30:24
Masonic Ritual and Monitor http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=71&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175665
Publisher: Eric Serejski
Publication date: 2017-01-10 09:41:37
Language: English
Price: 18.22


M. Ducan’s Masonic ritual and monitor (1866) consists of the description of the rituals of seven degrees; the first three symbolic degrees of the Ancient York Rite. This monitor is part of a series of texts published in the 19th century. It was partly based on the merging of sections of several rituals used at the time. Duncan’s work, like D. Sickel’s The General Ahiman Rezon, was never adopted by any regular jurisdiction. On this topic, see J. Stevens’ Chips from a rough ashlar 'knocked off' by the gavel of common sense.
It is however an important work in the study of the Royal Arch system and in comparative history. Additionally, the emerging field using visual materials as historical sources (a model for studying freemasonry across space and time) benefits from the large selections of illustrations (over 100), along with those found in the work of J. Blanchard.
One detail that appears unique to M. Ducan’s work is the concept of induction found in the second section of the Lecture on the Fifth Degree.


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The ritual of the Operative free masons http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=70&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175436
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-10 09:38:46
Language: English
Price: 19.99


This content of this book addresses early 19th century operative masonry and must be distinguished from modern speculative freemasonry and from operative masonry whose beginnings can be traced back to the earliest record of organization among masons. It provides an introduction to the evolution of masonic associations and a synopsis of existing operative free masons, their degrees and rituals. This work, due to the uniqueness of its content, would benefit the curious reader or provide the material for further investigations in the topic and that of the existing Worshipful Society of Free Masons, Rough Masons, Wallers, Slaters, Paviors, Plaisterers and Bricklayers.


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2017-01-10 09:38:46
Les Jésuites chassés de la maçonnerie et leur poignard brisé par les maçons http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=51&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175429
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-03 20:54:20
Language: French
Price: 19.99


Le livre Les jésuites chassés de la maçonnerie et de leur poignard brisé par les francs-maçons a été entièrement reproduit dans les Cérémonies religieuses et coutumes de tous les peuples du monde (Tome 6, 1818) de Picart. Cette œuvre de Picart, aussi appelée Le Livre qui a changé l'Europe, est le fer de lance de la tolérance religieuse mondiale. Pour citer l'éditeur de la section sur la franc-maçonnerie de cette œuvre,

« Les observations et recherches historiques de l'auteur de l'ouvrage intitulé Les jésuites chassés de la maçonnerie et leur poignard brisé par les francs-maçons nous ont paru d'un intérêt digne d'être inclus dans ce volume comme conclusion maçonnique. Les louanges de Mirabeau et les aveux de Mallet du Pan dans le Mercure de France de 1788 et ceux d'un des traducteurs allemands facilement identifiés comme l'un des chefs de la plus haute maçonnerie prouvent le mérite de l'œuvre pour laquelle aucun écrivain a osé répondre depuis trente ans et où les vrais Maçons vont chercher le fil d'Ariane pour les aider à marcher dans ce labyrinthe inextricable. »

Albert Mackey, dans son Encyclopédie de la franc-maçonnerie, déclare que la traduction allemande (1788) de Johann Bode de l'ouvrage de Bonnevile figure parmi ses précieuses contributions à la littérature maçonnique. La première traduction de ce livre en anglais a été établie par Eric Serejski en 2011.

Enfin, James Billington, le bibliothécaire américain du Congrès, écrit dans Fire in the Minds of Men que « Nicolas de Bonneville de Paris était l'un des ‘pères fondateurs’ de la tradition révolutionnaire moderne ».


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2017-01-03 20:54:20
A Study in the Psychology of Ritualism http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=50&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175344
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 21:27:14
Language: English
Price: 9.99


The study of rituals and societies following rituals is a complex field involving various disciplines, from history to anthropology. History of secret or esoteric societies is one of the most developed branch. With the development of anthropology, sociology, historiography or cultural psychology, new tools are available to further understand the dynamics of such societies.
The work of F. G. Henke is important in that respect in providing an introductory approach to the field of cultural and social psychology and anthropology. The essay covers an analysis of impulses—food, sex, fear and anger—as contributing factors to the shaping of rituals. As stated by the author, "As long as the rituals take such a place in the life of the group, as long as they promote the group consciousness, conserve group values, and satisfy the needs of the individuals of the group, they will survive."
F. G. Henke’s work is therefore suggested in initiating an understanding of rituals models, of having the elements to establish cautiously cross-cultural studies of rituals, and to evaluate their stability in a rapidly changing society.


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Pantheisticon, or the Form of Celebrating the Socratic Society http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=49&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175320
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 16:39:37
Language: English
Price: 24.99


John Toland (1670–1722) was a rationalist philosopher and the first person called a freethinker. Along with the introduction of the free thinking concept, his work is seminal in the use of exotericism and esotericism as he emphasises exoteric philosophy—what one says publicly about religion—from esoteric philosophy—what one confides to trusted friends. In truth, Toland was a man not of his time and his work remains to be explored by all who chose to knock of chips from a rough ashlar by the gavel of critical thinking.
Toland's Pantheisticon remains a work to explore and evaluate. In it, there is mention of the Pantheist association and of its rituals. Were there actually Pantheist associations meeting and performing these rituals? Also, we are faced with the striking analogies of the dialogues found in the Pantheisticon and those of the masonic rituals published later.
The purpose of this edition is to provide material for thought and invite further inqueries into those questions. In that regard, one may also want to consult ‘Le Pantheisticon de Toland et les sodalités socratiques’ in C. Janet’s Les précurseurs de la franc-maçonnerie (1887, 2016 Ed.)


"He was an assertor of liberty, a lover of all sorts of learning ... but no man’s follower or dependent. Nor could frowns or fortune bend him to decline from the ways he had chosen."



This edition adds to the original (a) a list of work of the author and the lists of work cited and (b) the Annexes consisting of supportive material: (1) the latin original, (2) Dr. Combie’s remarks on Sodalis and (3) Review of the Pantheisticon (in French).


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Chips from a rough ashlar 'knocked off' by the gavel of common sense http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=48&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175313
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 16:36:30
Language: English
Price: 22.99


"The Master Mason is expected to extend his researches into the hidden mysteries of the Science."
In that regard, James Stevens provides us with a delightful essay build around the classical questions and answers. There are gems of knowledge within the dialogues of the seven chips and we may want to put them into parallel with those of G. Lessing’s Ernest and Falk (1778). Those two works stimulate critical thinking and draw out ideas and underlying presumptions. They remind us of the Socratic Method, a form of cooperative argumentative dialogue between individuals, based on asking and answering questions.
The jewels provided consist in a rare expose on the Masonic rituals, their differences and divergences and the various symbols and functions of the Lodge and Officers.
This edition comes with the new sections Biography, Works cited and Supplementary references.


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2017-01-01 16:36:30
Initiation across cultures – Eight essays http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=47&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175306
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 16:34:34
Language: English
Price: 11.49


A series of essays by Eugène Goblet d'Alviella, J. Takakusu, J. E. Harrison, J. Jolly and W. Crooke, W. Brandt, Jivanji Jamshedji Modi, C. Densmore Curtis, L. A. Waddell.
These essays come from the article ‘Initiation’, Encyclopaedia of religion and ethics, 1914, 7: 314-329. They represent an introductory overview of the topic, starting with the evaluation of the nature, aims, and evolution of initiation. With these preliminary definition, the essays then cover various practices according to Buddhist, Greek, Hinduist, Jewish, Parsi, Roman and Tibetan traditions. These studies are the antechamber of the field of knowledge one may wish to acquire as he or she travels through conceptualizing and building the great edifice of an initiatory life. They could be approached, among others, with Oliver’s History of Initiation and the various works of René Guénon on the topic.
These essays are completed by the generation of a list of 54 references from the authors and about 100 additional ones.


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2017-01-01 16:34:34
Seven Lamps of Architecture http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=46&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175290
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 16:31:53
Language: English
Price: 19.99


We may live without her {architecture}, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. Ruskin.

John Ruskin was an English art and architecture critic who bolstered Gothic architecture and eschewed the design principles that developed during the Renaissance. His writings combine enormous sensitivity and human compassion with a burning zeal for moral value. In this essay, he introduces the seven 'lamps', or principles, of architecture, which are tied to seven moral attributes Ruskin believed to be inseparable from design. These seven lamps are Sacrifice, Truth, Power, Beauty, Life, Memory, and Obedience. These are the foundations for building with integrity.
It may benefits to approach his work alongside that of W. Lethaby and of A. Coomaraswamy. Lethaby looks at the influence of mysticism and nature while Ruskin sees art as an expression of the values of a society. Both provide tools for the Craftsman to broaden the investigation of the esoteric concepts associated with Architecture and Building, Art and Masonry.
As an aside, the attentive observation of the design of the book suggests itself being a mastership of architecture.


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2017-01-01 16:31:53
The Builders. A story and study of Masonry http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=45&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175276
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 16:29:22
Language: English
Price: 19.99


‘Brethren read this book, liked it, and passed the word along; and so it has journeyed from land to land, weaving a web of goodwill.’

 

Joseph Fort Newton (1876–1950) was an American author who authored over 30 books. In The Builder, J. F. Newton defines the origins, the history and the ideals of Freemasonry constructing a message of liberty, fraternity and equality.


This book should be consulted along with the articles in The Builder Magazine[1] that complement and augment the original text.

This work provides the tools necessary for the artisan who seeks to gain Free Thinking by seeking knowledge and understanding while upholding tolerance and respect for the Other. It is a work to study in parallel with J. Stevens’ Chips from a rough ashlar 'knocked off' by the gavel of common sense (1885) G. Lessing’s Ernest and Falk (1778) and W. Calcott’s A Candid Disquisition (1769).
This edition adds to the original a list generated from the text of 138 references and the list of works of J. F. Newton.

[1] The Builder Magazine was published from 1915 through 1930 by the National Masonic Research Society. Many Masonic Librarians and scholars believe that The Builder Magazine was the best American Masonic magazine ever published. The fifteen year collection include thousands of excellent articles on Masonic history, philosophy, jurisprudence, poetry, landmarks and symbolism. These publications and the Quatuor Coronati's Transactions are invaluable sources of knowledge.


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2017-01-01 16:29:22
Architecture, Mysticism and Myth http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=44&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175283
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 16:20:53
Language: English
Price: 37.99


This delightful book describes the symbolism of real-world architecture, as well as architecture described in fiction, myth and folklore. Lethaby believed that architecture reflected the macrocosm. He speculated that many of the seemingly ornamental details of classical buildings actually represented aspects of nature. It is a book to be read in parallel with Ruskin’s Seven Lamps of Architecture for anyone who seeks to investigate further the esoteric concepts of Architecture, Architect, and Builder and Mason.
Two reviews of his work are worth considering, that of D. van der Plaat, The Significance of the "temple idea" in 'William Lethaby's Architecture, Mysticism and Myth (1891)', NCAW, 2002, 1(2) and that of V. Goryunov et al, 'Architecture, Mysticism and Myths in the Works of Outstanding Architect William Richard Lethaby', Procedia Engineering, 2015, 117:825-831.
This edition includes the completion and generation of footnotes and of a table of about 400 references, the addition of 90 more and a list of Mr. Lethaby’s works.


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2017-01-01 16:20:53
If Emounah Could Talk http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=43&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175023
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 16:12:56
Language: English
Price: 14.99


Narration of the formation an establishment of a Freemason triangle and its evolution into a Lodge in the United States by Women Freemasons.


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2017-01-01 16:12:56
Raconte-Moi Emounah http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=42&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175016
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 16:11:00
Language: French
Price: 14.99


Narration de la formation et établissement d’un triangle maçonnique et de sa continuation, la loge, aux Etats-Unis par des sœurs franc-maçonnes.


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2017-01-01 16:11:00
The Jesuits Driven Away from Masonry and Their Dagger Shattered by Freemasons http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=38&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9780979782435
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 15:54:20
Language: English
Price: 29.99


This book analyses the influence of the Jesuits on the symbolic degrees of freemasonry, the myths of the Templars and their doctrine of revenge, based on the "crime" of their destruction, and the four vows of the Templars included in their higher degrees. The historical observations and research of the Bonneville appears of a worthy interest. The praises of Histoire des religions et des moeurs de tous les pays du monde, of Mirabeau, of Mackey, of J. Bilington, of Mallet du-Pan, and those of one of the German translators easily identified as one of the heads of the Highest Masonry, prove the merit of the work, for which no writer has dared answer for the last thirty years, and where the true Masons go to seek the Ariadne's thread to help them walk in this inextricable labyrinth.


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2017-01-01 15:54:20
History of initiation http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=31&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175269
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 15:19:35
Language: English
Price: 24.99


Dr. Oliver has been considered as the founder of what may be called the literary school of Masonry. He brought to the study of the Institution a significant amount of archaeological learning and gave to Free-masonry a literary and philosophical character which has induced many succeeding scholars to devote themselves to those studies. His statements and conclusions, especially as to the origin or the history of the Order, should be received with caution. Yet, with this reserve in mind, no writer in the English language may have done so much to elevate the scientific character of Freemasonry.
This present work introduces a comprehensive examination of the Mysterious in the context of modern Freemasonry. Here, Oliver sought to provide the history and practice of the major mystery cults from India, to Persia, to Greece, Britain and America. In so doing, he described them in considerable detail.
About 400 references have been verified.


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2017-01-01 15:19:35
Les précurseurs de la franc-maçonnerie http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=30&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175238
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 15:17:21
Language: French
Price: 14.99


Claudio Jannet (1844–1894) était un Docteur en droit, avocat et écrivain historien français. Ses études suggèrent des influences maçonniques dans l’histoire de l’Europe du XIXe siècle.
Dans Les précurseurs de la franc-maçonnerie, C. Claudio Jannet présente les sectes disséminées dans les divers pays aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles et analyse leurs idéologies et l’influence de celles-ci sur la Maçonnerie. Il passe ainsi en revue les rose-croix, les athéistes de Toulouse, les sodalités socratiques organisées par Toland en Angleterre, les conventicules des Sociniens, les juifs et la secte des Ismaéliens.
Tel est ce substantiel et très érudit travail, où le savant professeur a répandu une vive lumière sur des faits encore trop peu connus.
Notre réédition ajoute à l’original des notes entre crochets, une liste des œuvres de C. Jannet, les œuvres citées et une liste de références supplémentaires.


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2017-01-01 15:17:21
Essays on the Tiandi Hui or Triad Society http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=26&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175191
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 14:30:12
Language: English
Price: 25.99


This Compilation consists of 24 essays describing various aspects of the Triad organizations in Mainland China and elsewhere. These essays broaden the information found in the works of G. Schlegel and W. Stanton.
This work covers – Secret societies in China. A. Wylie; Secret societies in China. Blackwood; On the secret Triad society of China. Gutzlaff; The Boxers and other Chinese secret societies. Hamm; Some account of the Chinese secret societies. Kesson; The Chinese secret triad society of the Tiandi Hui. Newbold and Wilson; The Gelao 哥老 secret society. Playfair; Some accounts of a secret association in China, entitled the Triad society. Milne; Evils of forming illegal associations, etc. Bridgman; Secret societies among the Chinese in Singapore. Anon; Secret societies in China. Balfour; Freemasonry in China. Giles; Militant spirit of the Buddhist clergy in China. de Groot.; Secret sects in Shantung. Porter; Secret languages in Europe and China. Schlegel; The Xiesheng Tang 協胜堂 of Chinatown and Chinese secret societies in America. Crane; Oath taken by members of the Triad society, and notices of its origin. Williams; Imperial denunciation of the Fengshui. ABC; Religious sects in North China. Edkins; The books of the modern religious sects in North China. Edkins; Chinese secret societies. Cordier; Chinese secret societies and their origin. Pickering; Among the Highbinders; An account of chinese secret societies. Masters; Mr. William Stanton on the Triad society, etc. Ball.
The terminology covering 1916 terms has been updated to pinyin and cross-checked with the works of G. Schlegel and W. Stanton. The compilation also include 42 enhanced illustrations and over 100 updated references. In sections pertaining to the rituals, when a correspondence exists with other works (e.g. Schlegel or Stanton), the correspondence is marked under brackets.


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2017-01-01 14:30:12
The Triad Society http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=25&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175214
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 14:21:05
Language: English
Price: 20.95


The work of William Stanton is introduced here as the second in a series of studies on the Tiandihui. It covers – The White Lotus (bai lian jiao 白蓮教) and other Secret Societies; The Triad Society in China; The Triad Society Outside of China; The Traditional Account of the Society's Origin; Lodge-Rooms, Officers and Initiatory Ceremonies; Certificates of Membership; Forms of Writing and Cant Words Employed; Signs and Test Words; Appendix - The Thirty Oaths.
Stanton's work contains no less than 739 Chinese characters or expressions that have been cross-checked and transliterated into pinyin and 14 illustrations that have been completely redone. All illustrations have been enhanced.


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2017-01-01 14:21:05
Tiandi Hui 天地會 The Hong-league http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=24&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175207
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 14:19:17
Language: English
Price: 35.99


This work, along with Stanton’s Triad Society and Essays on the Tiandi Hui or Triad Society, is published in the effort to provide material in the cross-cultural study of initiatory processes, particularly those related to Freemasonry. To those, one should also consult W. P. Morgan, Triad Societies in Hong Kong (1960), B. J. Ter Harr, Ritual and Mythology of the Chinese Triads (2000) and J. S. M. Ward and W. G. Stirling, The Hung Society or the Society of Heaven and Earth (3 volumes, 1925–1926). To those, one may include Hanegaaff’s Textbooks Introductions to Western Esotericism (2012) and the various works of René Guénon on esotericism in general, freemasonry, and the concept of Triad in particular. Those studies constitute the foundation to promote novel investigations in the field of study of Freemasonry. In this case, the enquiry is based on two esoteric societies that emerged approximatively at the same time and, within a similar societal (industrial and pre-industrial phase) evolution, the Freemasonic organization in the West and the Tiandihui in China. Such approach would parallel the call for broader themes issued by A. Prescott in his Study of Freemasonry as a new academic discipline (2003). In terms of studying rituals as functions rather than forms, the works of A. Van Gennep, Rites of passage (1909), and V. Turner, notably The forest of symbols (1967), provide a solid foundation.
Two articles have been included in the appendices, on language and on palindromes. These are preludes to further investigate the structure of Chinese language used as ciphers.
Schlegel's work contains no less than 750 Chinese characters or expressions that have been cross-checked and transliterated into pinyin and 30 illustrations that have been completely redone. All illustrations have been enhanced.


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2017-01-01 14:19:17
Des origines du grade de maître dans la franc-maçonnerie http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=13&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175153
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 10:42:49
Language: Not specified
Price: 21.99


Les études sure la Franc-maçonnerie portent généralement sur son origine, son symbolisme et ses évolutions dans le temps et l’espace. Quant à l’étude des grades, l’attention se porte plus particulièrement sur les systèmes des Hauts Grades. M. Goblet d'Alviella fait partie d’un petit groupe de chercheurs qui se sont penchés sur l’origine des trois degrés de la Loge bleue. Les questions qu’il soulève nous amènent, outre l'origine des degrés, à l'histoire de sa légende et l'interprétation de son symbolisme.
Cet ouvrage est à consulter en parallèle aux essais rassemblés dans la petite compilation Essays on the Masonic Degrees (1897-1903). R. F. Gould, W. J. Hughan, G. W. Speth and J. Lane.

 

 


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2017-01-01 10:42:49
Essays on the Masonic Degrees (1897-1903) http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=15&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175146
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 10:41:41
Language: English
Price: 24.99


Studies on Freemasonry generally relate to its origin, its symbolism and its evolution in time and space. As for the study of degrees, attention is focused more particularly on the systems of the High Degrees.
Mrs. Gould, Hughan, Speth and Lane are among a small group of researchers who examined the origin of the three degrees of the Blue Lodge. The questions raised bring us, besides the origin of the degrees, to the history of his legend and the interpretation of his symbolism.
This book is to be consulted in parallel with the essay of Mr. Goblet d'Alviella, Des origines du grade de maître dans la franc-maçonnerie.
The compilations provides 135 references on the topic and the combined 146 bibliographical sources.


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2017-01-01 10:41:41
Freemasonry in Shanghai and Northern China http://iandi.us/index.php?option=com_booklibrary&Itemid=209&task=view_bl&id=11&catid=53 Authors:
ISBN: 9781944175030
Publisher: Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date: 2017-01-01 08:31:38
Language: Not specified
Price: 24.99


It is through the studies on functional similarities between Asian and Western post-industrial esoteric societies that I came across Gratton’s Freemasonry in Shanghai and Northern China. I found his work to be important historically and as a foundation for further research on the possible exchanges that may have existed between Freemasonry (Gongjihui 共濟會 in Chinese) and Triad in the nineteen century. In that respect, this work should be consulted in parallel with the compilation series on the Chinese Triad.
This new edition of Gratton’s work includes, in addition to the original work, my own notes contained within brackets and three small appendices. Spelling of Chinese terms has been changed to conform to standard pinyin. I have added three appendices: A review of the work by W. J. Chetwode Ceawlet, an article about Freemasonry in Shanghai in 1902 and a list of references.


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2017-01-01 08:31:38