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Question's concerning acouple books

LK600

Premium Member
Hello, Just wanted feedback concerning two "books" (ones 6 volumes).

1) Gould's History of Freemasonry Throughout the world by Dudley Wright (6 volume set)

2) Liber Spirituum (which may be pretty far out there for some)

Does anyone have any thoughts on the value (not financial) of either? Thanks!
 

Raymond Walters

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There is always searching for books in online libraries if one doesn't mind that. The goal is to obtain the material and study it...
 

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JamestheJust

Registered User
>Gould's History of Freemasonry Throughout the world

If you are interested in the unexpurgated version then the editions from the 1880s are preferable. They can be found on line.

>Liber Spirituum

In my youth I used to watch an expensive poker game. I recall one of the players explaining to me that "if you haven't spotted the bunny in 5 minutes then you are the bunny".

This is also true for magical practices.
 

CLewey44

Registered User
I say they look pretty good but it's whatever you're into. Some guys like the historical, George Washington type stuff and others like esoteric, Hermetic type stuff. Regardie, Cicero and Hall do some interesting books if you're into more 'out there' type of stuff. Cicero is an actual Mason, 'high up' in the YR, SR and SRICF. He found the most legit, modern H.O.G.D. version. Hall may have been a Mason. I've read he was a 33rd but then I've also read that it was honorary in that he never was BL but just given the 33rd due to his contributions. Not for sure though. I'm sure others could clarify that. The Rosicrucians by Mcintosh is a combination of historical and esoteric. It's a pretty easy read as well. A Garden of Pomegranate by Regardie ( I've heard is a good beginner book in more 'fringe' type reads.) I have just received it yesterday and have yet to start it. Looking forward to it.
 

Bloke

Premium Member
...1) Gould's History of Freemasonry Throughout the world by Dudley Wright (6 volume set)..

I have e-copies of that and found it interesting (and generally accurate). I've never read it all, just the sections I was interested in...
 

LK600

Premium Member
>Gould's History of Freemasonry Throughout the world

If you are interested in the unexpurgated version then the editions from the 1880s are preferable. They can be found on line.

>Liber Spirituum

In my youth I used to watch an expensive poker game. I recall one of the players explaining to me that "if you haven't spotted the bunny in 5 minutes then you are the bunny".

This is also true for magical practices.

So.. Liber Spirituum would be a no?
 

LK600

Premium Member
A Garden of Pomegranate by Regardie ( I've heard is a good beginner book in more 'fringe' type reads.) I have just received it yesterday and have yet to start it. Looking forward to it.

Would be interested in your thoughts on it when completed.
 

LK600

Premium Member
Just purchased this book (had a hard time finding it in hardback):

Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance By Andrew Hammer
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I've been really looking forward to getting this book, and wondered if anyone here has read it and can give their thoughts? Thanks
 

CLewey44

Registered User
Hardback is hard to find nowadays for a lot of books. Like many bottles that were glass before are now all turning plastic. We are cheapening the quality of everything of our era.
 

LK600

Premium Member
Hardback is hard to find nowadays for a lot of books. Like many bottles that were glass before are now all turning plastic. We are cheapening the quality of everything of our era.
I would agree, and as a rule (I rarely break), I refuse to purchase almost any book that is not hard cover. I would have made an exception to Andrew Hammers book, but I'm glad I did not have to.
 

Brother JC

Moderating Staff
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Just purchased this book (had a hard time finding it in hardback):

Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance By Andrew Hammer
I've been really looking forward to getting this book, and wondered if anyone here has read it and can give their thoughts? Thanks

I’m a fan. I’ve read it several times and bought signed, hardbound copies for two of my lodges.
 

CLewey44

Registered User
I like both leaning toward the esoteric.

Yes me too, although, I'll dabble in historical things sometimes. The problem there is they are 'facts' and don't get the wheels turning as much for me. Some esoteric books are so tough to comprehend sometimes but you just have to dig through it.
 
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