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Symbols of Freemasonry
Freemasonry is one of mankind's oldest existing secular brotherhoods. Its past members include kings, presidents, military leaders, writers and philosophers, and today there are over ten million freemasons in the world.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Assouline Publishing
(first published April 1st 1998)
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As a member of an adogmatic, co-Masonic obedience, I typically have no interest in titles about freemasonry that one would find at Barnes & Noble. This title is the only exception. Daniel Beresniak is a member of the Grand Lodge of France. And although the GLdF is a regular Masonic obedience, they are quite liberal when compared to other regular obediences. This work includes photos from temples in which Grand Lodge and Grand Orient lodges meet. Albeit, not at the same time. In most parts of ...more
The book does a good job of explaining many of the symbols used in Freemasonry. It also discusses Masonic clothing, the most common rites, and gives information for further reading. Has some beautiful color photos of Masonic symbols, aprons, etched glasses, tracing boards, art works, etc.
Decent book that's easy to read and offers a general understanding of the symbols of Masonry; although this work focuses a lot on Scottish Rites and predominately European Masonry. I wouldn't recommend this book to someone new to Masonry.