A Masonic book is an important part of any Masonic learning experience.
Freemasonry is an organization of modern day men who operate in secret to preserve their tradition, values, and observances. What exactly does that mean? What are the various symbols and allegories and how do Freemasons teach morality?There are many Masonic books available on the internet for you to peruse. These books can be enlightening and entertaining. A good example of such a book is A Masonic Code by L.L. Smith. This book explains the symbolism found within freemasonry and elaborates on the different levels of Masonic brotherhoods. The other types of rare Masonic books are the pre-scribers' editions of Masonic periodicals. These books are written from the time of Lodges to present. They contain articles written by Masonic leaders and writers such as Robert G. Lodge, Daniel Webster, Hiram Maxim, printer extraordinaire Samuel Petri, Eliphas Czyzewski, and many more. Most of these books are written in cipher only with a reference page often found at the end of the article. These are some examples of the pre-quinied articles found in these Masonic books. Another type of books are Masonic periodical publications. These books are issued monthly and can be found in most libraries. Some of these Masonic publications are Masonic periodical magazines like lodge publications, Freemason, freemasonry, lodge, periodical, newsletter, tract, or another publication. Rare and older editions of Masonic books that have been printed since the American revolution are called antique books. Antique print books contain Masonic periodical articles that are rare and hard to find. Examples are Masonic periodical publications that were issued between 1740 and 1800. This includes the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Scottish rite, British rite, American rite, Scottish rite, Mason's News, a quarterly periodical, tract and other rare books. Many people collect classic and antique Masonic books and use them for rare Masonic books and symbolism. Some examples are the following; a lodge directory that was issued during the time of Grand Master Wm. Wigand, a lodge signet ring that was used by lodge leader Samuel Cabot, a copy of the minutes of a Masonic assembly, a document that included a sketch of an event that occurred at a session, a transcript of the proceedings, the minutes of a Constitutional Convention, the minutes of a Supreme Council, and various other rare Masonic books and documents.
Symbols and History
A few examples of old and out of print articles are lodged signs, lodge symbols, historical documents, etc. The Lodge directory is one example of a pre-queried document. Other examples are the following; an agreement between a master mason and his associate which contained the ritualistic details of a Craft degree, the first charter of the lodge, a copy of the minutes of a Continental Congress, and numerous other historical and symbolic books and documents. In addition some Masonic books and symbols have been discovered in different places. For example, some Masonic books are blueprints for buildings, some carry Masonic symbols such as the square and compasses, yet others have not been identified. Examples of such Masonic symbols are the Masonic square, the Masonic compass, the Masonic hour clock, the Masonic hammer, and Masonic stars. Some Masonic books have been damaged so badly that no longer appear to contain any Masonic information. Historically, most lodges allowed their members to enter a Master Mason's lodge as children. It is believed that children as young as four years old were admitted to "learn the craft" of being a master mason. Some masons developed special friendships with the children of their lodge by becoming teachers and role models for them. A "book of knowledge" was usually written by a master mason teaching young masons new techniques or ideas.