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Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection

Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts CollectionBy: Aimee E Newell, Hilary Anderson Stelling and Catherine Compton Swanson

 

The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts has celebrated the anniversary of its inauguration on 30 July 1773 with the publication of a catalogue of some of the treasures it has amassed over the 280 years of its existence. The Grand Lodge has progressed considerably since the time of Henry Price, who had been appointed as Provincial Grand Master by the Moderns’ Grand Lodge of England. Indeed it is the third oldest Grand Lodge in the world after England (1717) and Ireland (1725), and first met in a tavern in Boston.

 

The collection of objects, books and documents it has amassed not only tells the story of Freemasonry but also the story of Boston, New England and the United States.

 

The authors, Aimee E Newell, Hilary Anderson Stelling and Catherine Compton Swanson, all experts in their respective fields, have done a first-class job in producing a book that highlights some 150 items from the Grand Lodge collection of more than 10,000 which it has acquired since 1733.

 

The book, which is laid out thematically, is lavishly illustrated and beautifully presented and has been the subject of meticulous research, which is reflected in the quality of the text that accompanies every item.

 

Although an American publication, the book will appeal to an international readership; not only to all those interested in the development of Freemasonry overseas but also serious Masonic scholars and collectors.

 

Richard Collins

 

 

Price: $44.95

ISBN: 978 1 88954 100 6

 

 

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