Masonic Manual; or, Lectures on Freemasonry: containing the Instructions, Documents, and Discipline of the Masonic Economy. By The Late Rev. Jonathan Ashe, D.D., M.M. The Second Edition.
London: Published By John Meaden, 1, Tavistock Street, Covent Garden; And May be Had Of All Booksellers, 1825 . 0. A very good early edition of this 19th century Masonic standard. Previously in the Library of Henry Josiah Whymper. Well bound in half leather. 8vo. pp.288 . 18.3cm x 11cm x 1.8cm. Black half calf spine and corners over marbled boards. Spine with old library reference number, gilt banding and old leather title label; "The Masonic Manual". Edges rubbed and scuffed. Brown endpapers. Printed library label to verso of the front board: "District Punjab, Grand Lodge, Library." Also, armorial bookplate: "E. Libris H. J. Whymper." Printed title page with purple library stamp: "District Grand Lodge Library. Punjab. 1890" . also, previous owners signature to top of the title page: "Thomas Cocke Surgeon R: Navy". Small note inserted between p.8 & p.9: "Re Furnough.. I wrote to Bro. W. J. Hughan and this his reply H J Whymper 14.11.87" (The paper is very fragile and broke along the fold). Clean text throughout. A very good copy of this scarce publication - And an interesting provenance! ** Jonathan Ashe (fl. 1813), was an Irish masonic writer. Ashe was born in Limerick in 1766, entered Trinity College, Dublin, 26 March 1783, took B.A. degree in ordinary course, and became D.D. in 1808. Very little is known of him except that he commenced and perfected his masonic studies in Dublin. While in Bristol in 1813 he published a work entitled 'The Masonic Manual, or Lectures on Freemasonry, containing the Instructions, Documents, and Discipline of the Masonic Economy,' and asserts in the introduction that he 'plainly and completely tells the craft its eternal and temporal obligations, and affords the uninitiated a fair review and estimate of masonry.' This work was dedicated to the Duke of Sussex, then grand master of the order. In many portions it is a mere copy of William Hutchinson's 'Spirit of Masonry,' published in 1775." - See Wikipedia *** "Ashe, D.D, Rev. Jonathan. A literary plagiarist who resided in Bristol, England. In 1814 he published "The Masonic Manual.."Ashe does not, it is true, pretend to originality, but abstains from giving credit to Hutchinson from whom he has taken at least two-thirds of his book.." - See Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Albert G. Mackey. **** "Henry Josiah Whymper. 1845-1893. An active Freemason in India and a member of Quatuor Coronati Lodge from January 6, 1888, Whymper is remembered today for his reproduction, in facsimile of the Regius MS. According to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, "He was a man of mark in and out of Masonry, a Companion of the Order of the British Empire, a Masonic Savant and a practical Mason."Initiated: 1872 . Lodge Mayo No. 1413, Rawul Pindi, Punjab . In 1867 he is first listed as manager, Murree Brewery, Kussowlie Branch. 1870 "Managing brewer" Murree and where he remained as such until his death. Died 27 April 1893, dysentry Bombay N/3/69/364. Buried Sewri, Bombay. Other publications of H. J. Whymper include: The Religion of Freemasonry (1888); Constituciones Artis Gemetriae secundum Euclydem." A facsimile of the early poem on Freemasonry from the original MS.. [Edited by H. J. Whymper.] (1889); Early Printed Literature referring to Freemasonry. Randle Holme's Academie of Armory, Dr. Plot's Staffordshire, Diary of Elias Ashmole, The Praise of Drunkenness and Long Livers. [Edited by H. J. Whymper.] (1892); A Catalogue of Bibliographies. Lists and Catalogues of Works on Freemasonry. (1891); Triads in Masonry. (1889). " - See AQC Vol. 6. (1893) .
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