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Title: Masonic Miscellanies, in Poetry and Prose. Containing I. The Muse of Masonry, Comprising One Hundred and Seventy Masonic Songs, (Chiefly adapted to familiar Tunes), Cantatas, Duetes, Cathches, Glees, Oratorios, Anthems, Eulogies, Odes, Sonnets, Prologues and Epiloguese, With apprropriate Toasts and Sentiments. II. The Masonic Essayist. III. The Freemason's Vade Mecum
Description: London: Printed for Vernor and Hood, 1797 FIRST AND ONLY EDITION. 12mo, 140 x 78 mms., pp. vi [vii - x Contents and poem on Masonry by Dermody], 328 [329 adverts, 330 blank], engraved frontispiece, contemporary calf, recently rebacked in lighter calf, spine gilt, new endpapers, with the armorial bookplate of P. Rogers. A very good copy, with extensive annotations in the first hundred pages in a contemporary hand, possibly by Rogers. The work is dedicated to another Mason, William Preston (1742 - 1818), whose niece he married: "Jones was an enthusiastic freemason. For a time he was editor of the Freemason's Magazine (c.1807), and he wrote Masonic Miscellanies in Poetry and Prose (1797) and A Vindication of Masonry from a Charge of Having Given Rise to the French Revolution, which was posthumously published in 1847. He was a fully instructed member of the Harodim lodge and the Harodim chapter; he also belonged to the lodge of antiquity and was married, it appears for the second time, to the niece of William Preston (17421818), its deputy grand master" (ODNB). The book was appreciatively reviewed in The Monthly Review: "In the long course of our literary labours, we have met with a variety of publications on the subject of Free-Masonry none of which we (uninitiated in the secrets of the mysterious Brotherhood) pretend to hope or understand: but to the best of our judgment, the present collection seems to form the most entertaining miscellany of the kind that has yet appeared."

Keywords: Masonry annotated literature

Price: GBP 550.00 = appr. US$ 785.39 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 9454

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