Manual of the Order of the Eastern Star: Containing the Symbols, Scriptural Illustrations, Lectures, Etc., Adapted to the System of Adoptive Masonry. (with) 1871 By-Laws of Evergreen Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Held in New Milford, (Connecticut)
Macoy, Robert (Arranger)

New York & Chicago: Masonic Publishing and Manufacturing Company, 1866. 69 pages + (3) pages at back with the Valedictory, illustrative woodcut of sash and star of the Order and a page describing the Decorations of same; frontispiece "Star" in five colors, with symbology; presentation page also with colors and small vignettes (not filled in); several black and white wood engraving illustrations and stanzas of music in the contents, which include information on the history of the order, which was for females, with the Rules, the Address which purpose was to "...inform you as to your true relationship to the Masonic Fraternity...and Second, to confer upon you the beautiful, instructive and useful Degrees of the Order...", followed by the "Points" of the order, Jephthah's Daughter, Ruth, Esther, Martha, Electa and the accompanying duties, tributes, signs, more; especially interesting for the illustrative work accompanying the text; our research indicates that the first edition was 1865, according to OCLC the binding for that copy (the Bella Landauer example at the NY Hist. Soc.- our copy has no other printing indicated) has the same binding as this, with colored leather onlays in a gilt star on the front board, reflecting the same symbols in the frontispiece - the back board with the same star in blind; dull brick-red finely-pebbled cloth, gilt cover titles, all edges gilt; worn, rubbed, soiled, front hinge a bit sprung and still good, spine ends of cloth chipped, first few leaves including title with some old discoloration and staining, still good; binding approximately 4" x 6 1/4"; (with) the 1871 "By-Laws of the Evergreen Chapter..." 12 pages; printed in Danbury at the News Job Printing Establishment; small pamphlet in the original printed lavender paper wraps, approx. 3" x 5" size and with the information needed to conduct the business of the order in the town; bit of wear and wrinkling to wraps, faint old handwritten note of "Unionville Ct." at top; good condition overall; two interesting American women's Masonic items. Good Hardcover (Item ID: 20721)


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