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BROWN, Robert Hewitt.

Stellar Theology and Masonic Astronomy;

or, the Origin and Meaning of Ancient and Modern Mysteries Explained. With numerous illustrations by the author.

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1882 Stock Code: 139889
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"truths of great importance and interest to the craft"

First edition of this rare work on the hidden meanings of Masonic and other esoteric symbols, includes two intriguing colour plates with volvelles.

While not disclosing "any of the essential secrets of the order" (intro.), the author reveals "truths which are... of great importance and interest to the craft" (ibid.). Himself a 32nd degree master mason and judge, Brown remains confident that, faithful to the masonic tradition, the revelations made here would be understood according to the reader's degree of initiation, or lack thereof, nonetheless offering food for thought to a wide panel of readers. Library Hub lists the British Library copy only among British and Irish institutional libraries. Near contemporary ownership inscription to the title page of A.A. Pratt, perhaps Alvaro Alma Pratt, Utah-born, Los Angeles-based engineer and land speculator.

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Large square octavo. Original royal blue cloth, titles within decorative roundel and frames in gilt to front board, decorative frame in blind to rear board, flower-patterned endpapers, near contemporary bookseller's ticket of Arthur B. Pierson of Post Street, San Francisco to the front pastedown.


2 colour plates with the original volvelles: "Diagram of the Zodiac" and "Summer/Winter Solstice", numerous in-text illustrations; printed in double columns.


Just a little rubbed, head and tail of the spine crumpled and whitened, pale toning throughout, overall an excellent copy.


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