Title Illustrations Of Masonry. By William Preston, Past Master Of The Lodge Of Antiquity, Acting By Immemorial Constitution.
Publisher London: Printed For G. Wilkie, No. 57 Paternoster-Row, 1812 . 0
Seller ID 44181
Scarce. "The Twelfth Edition With Considerable Aditions." A very good original binding. 8vo. 7.75"" x 4.50" x 1.25" . pp.24/pp444 . Original papered boards (rubbed and bumped). Papered spine with printed title label: "Illustrations of Masonry - Preston ". Also paper reference number to base of spine. Deckled (rough-cut) page edges. Plain endpapers, lightly soiled. Armorial bookplate to verso of the front board: "E. Libris H. J. Whymper." Plus, printed library label to the front endpaper: "District Punjab, Grand Lodge Library." Front free-endpaper with hand written notes regarding the different editions of "Illustrations Of Masonry". Portrait frontis absent. Printed title page toned, with shadow of the engraving, also ;with a purple library stamp: "District Grand Lodge Library. Punjab. 1890", and inked signature: "H. Whymper P. D. D. G. M. Punjab". Preface dated; "Dean-street, Fetter-lane, Feb. 1812. Clear English text throughout, on toned paper. A good example of an early printing of this popular title. ** William Preston 7 August 1742 - April 1, 1818. William Preston was a Scottish author, born in Edinburgh. The exact date of Preston's initiation into Freemasonry is not known, but is thought to have been between 1762 and 1763, in London. He discovered a vast body of traditional and historical lore in the old documents of the Craft, and begun modernizing the format of group meetings in such a way as to make ritual accessible, bringing a rudimentary knowledge of the arts and sciences to members of the Fraternity. Preston embarked upon detailed communication with Masons worldwide, so developing extensive knowledge of the Craft, and collecting the material which was to become his best known book, Illustrations of Masonry published in 1772. In 15 June, 1774, he visited the Lodge of Antiquity No. 1, (one of the four Lodges that formed the Premier Grand Lodge of England in 1717), and was subsequently elected a member and Worshipful Master at the same meeting. He became an active member of the Grand Lodge, and was later appointed Deputy Grand Secretary under James Heseline. After a brief period of expulsion from the fraternity for his support of a factional disagreement between the Grand Lodge of Moderns and the society over public use of ritual paraphernalia he was reinstated in 1787, all his honours and dignities restored, whereupon he resumed his Masonic activities. *** "Henry Josiah Whymper. 1845-1893. An active Freemason in India and a member of Quatuor Coronati Lodge from January 6, 1888, Whymper is remembered today for his reproduction, in facsimile of the Regius MS. According to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, "He was a man of mark in and out of Masonry, a Companion of the Order of the British Empire, a Masonic Savant and a practical Mason." Initiated: 1872 . Lodge Mayo No. 1413, Rawul Pindi, Punjab . In 1867 he is first listed as manager, Murree Brewery, Kussowlie Branch. 1870 "Managing brewer" Murree and where he remained as such until his death. Died 27 April 1893, dysentry Bombay N/3/69/364. Buried Sewri, Bombay. Other publications of H. J. Whymper include: The Religion of Freemasonry (1888); Constituciones Artis Gemetrić secundum Euclydem.” A facsimile of the early poem on Freemasonry from the original MS. ... [Edited by H. J. Whymper.] (1889); Early Printed Literature referring to Freemasonry. Randle Holme's Academie of Armory, Dr. Plot's Staffordshire, Diary of Elias Ashmole, The Praise of Drunkenness and Long Livers. [Edited by H. J. Whymper.] (1892); A Catalogue of Bibliographies. Lists and Catalogues of Works on Freemasonry. (1891); Triads in Masonry. (1889). " - See AQC Vol. 6. (1893) .