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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring survey of Masonic emblematic art.
This is a feast of primarily visual materials from the amazingly rich emblematic traditions of Freemasonry, well presented within a sound historical context. The symbology of Freemasonry holds such a depth of spiritual and ethical significance that the pictures in this work, like the art of any authentic sacred tradition, convey a good deal more than any superficial...
Published on 29 Dec. 2007 by Nigel Jackson

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2.0 out of 5 stars Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets etc..
A nice book. The images are superb. Thames & Hudson always do a good job in this respect. This very visual version of Freemasonry is presented here and it is good. However, there are some very major sortcomings. For a start there is no real discussion of the Scottish origins of modern Freemasonry. Sadly there are no images of the various Scottish documents from the...
Published on 19 Jan. 2007 by Geoff Saunders


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring survey of Masonic emblematic art., 29 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets, Significance (Hardcover)
This is a feast of primarily visual materials from the amazingly rich emblematic traditions of Freemasonry, well presented within a sound historical context. The symbology of Freemasonry holds such a depth of spiritual and ethical significance that the pictures in this work, like the art of any authentic sacred tradition, convey a good deal more than any superficial explanations could convey to the reader: this notwithstanding, the author does a very good job at indicating in a sober and clear-headed manner this interior dimension and providing pointers to the initiatory wisdom at the heart of the Craft. Masonry's esoteric language is based on artisanal working symbolism derived from the builders guilds of the High Middle Ages and further unfolded during the Renaissance via the philosophical rediscovery of the Prisca Theologia inherited from antiquity, the Hermetic and Kabbalistic lore revealing the mystical ascent of the soul toward the knowledge of God. Thus the mystical work of 'building the Temple of Vision', based on the Solomonic mythos of the Old Testament, is seen to unveil a profound metaphor and symbol of the interior spiritual work of the regeneration of man's soul to its original state of direct communion with the Divine. But all this esotericism aside, what this book so amply demonstrates is the sheer fecundity and astonishing beauty of the Masonic art traditions and their enduring place at the heart of Western civilization.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb visual history of the Craft, 7 May 2009
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This book is certainly one of the better books regarding the history of Freemasonry currantly on the market. The book is lavishly illustrated and also deals with many of the 'higher' or 'side' degrees which were in development since the 18th century. Cabalistic and Hermetic influences on the development of the Craft are also considered, and,in my opinion, the author is entirely correct in asserting they they were prevailing influences on the 'Royal Art'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating collection of images & commentary in a single book, 28 Feb. 2011
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Although there was little that was truly "new" in this book
(apart from some of the commentary), it was worth every penny
as it collects the images & hypotheses from many different sources
into a single location.

I don't rate it quite as highly as his "Way of the Craftsman"
but this is still a recommended addition to the library of any
reader who has an interest in Freemasonry.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The splendour of Masonry captured, 3 Aug. 2014
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Essentially a coffee table book. The book itself is of a large size being square in shape rather than the usual rectangle.

In terms of content the book covers:

- when did Masonry begin historically
- what are the basic 3 degrees
- what are the post craft degrees
- what impact have masons had on society
- what are Masonic secrets, a look at symbology
- famous Masons in history

None of the above will be unfamiliar to most with an interest in Masonry, so why get the book? Each section has a host of pictures of regalia and historical items. Many of these items have been hand crafted with such care than you'll find yourself engrossed in them, just wanting to look at them. The quality of pictures presented in the book were superb. It is obvious that some real effect when into capturing each item just perfect.

Retuning then to the start, this is a coffee table book on a subject that gets most peoples attention. Most people pick mine up and scan through it. Most sit looking at the pictures for ages, which illustrates the beauty of Masonry that this book captures.

I thoroughly recommend the book to anyone with an interest in Masonry, or if you are a Mason yourself. You won't regret your purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations, 3 Mar. 2015
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As mentioned above very eye catching and we'll illustrated catalogue of beautiful imagery. Great stories about the origin and interesting episodes of the brotherhood too
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent background and introductory book on craft masonry, 11 Mar. 2013
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An excellent background book to freemasonry - lots of nice colour pictures to illustrate the symbols and lodge furniture, but also of sufficient depth to provide good information on a range of subjects. One of the best books for a new mason, or someone interested in the craft in general.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Freemasonry: Symbols, Secrets etc.., 19 Jan. 2007
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A nice book. The images are superb. Thames & Hudson always do a good job in this respect. This very visual version of Freemasonry is presented here and it is good. However, there are some very major sortcomings. For a start there is no real discussion of the Scottish origins of modern Freemasonry. Sadly there are no images of the various Scottish documents from the 1500's. Presently there is only a couple of books that are written by a Scottish Freemason about Scottish Freemasonry - The Rosslyn Hoax and Cracking the Masons Code (I think that's the title) are examples.

This is an excellent picture book which almost completely disregards Scotland and is therefore a poor 'history' book. In my opinion it barely gets three stars

That said Amazon do a great deal on this pretty expensive book. Buy it from Amazon!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rein special, 30 April 2015
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C'est ok!
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid illustrated overview and introduction of Freemasonry, 16 Dec. 2006
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Very well presented and illustrated book by a well-known Masonic writer. Makes a perfect gift to anyone interested in Freemasonry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masonic, 11 April 2014
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A very interesting book Very imformative and historical. A good read for Masons
and others.Make a good present for anyone
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