Ephemera: Ex Libris, Newspapers, Publicity Leaflets &c (14)

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10476. Bookplate Supreme Council 1900

Bookplate popularly known as Ex Libris of the Supreme Council 33 Ancient and Accepted Rite (Rose Croix) elaborate and steel engraved design with a multitude of Masonic and esoteric symbols include terrestrial and celestial globes; Christ on the Cross; Skeleton; all seeing eye; chequered floor; etc etc. Designed by W P B dated 1900 on border. Pasted unto board cover of Map of London and pen crossed as if cancelled. In excellent condition.

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03199. Newspaper Adams Columbian Centinel 1804

Columbian Centinel (Weekly Newspaper) Boston (Massachusetts) USA September 22, 1804 No 8 Vol 42 whole number 2139. Page 2 Column 1 'Masonry' Election results for the Grand Royal Arch Chapter naming, inter alia, Mr. Adams (late President of the United States of America) and Hon John Quincy Adams attend the Ceremony. Newspaper in poor used condition perfectly legible. Important interesting contemporary source.
330mm x 510mm



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05356. Newspaper American Mercury Grand Master's Letter 1798

American Mercury Published by Elisha Babcock Vol. XIV No. 718 Thursday, April 5, 1798 complete single sheet printed on both sides. Front page Col 2 2nd heading is Masonic and the next two columns dedicated to an extract from a letter address to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts - by the Grand Master Josiah Bartlett starting: ' . . . the Masonic Institution has the earliest and most distinguished rank (referring to charity) and ending : ' . . . the Grand Master and entered Apprentice . . . will stand on a perfect level in the regions of everlasting bliss.' Used and soiled copy with some damage to left margin and fox marks generally in very good condition 290mm x 490mm.


NOTE American Mercury saw the light of day on 12 July 1784 in Hartford Connecticut and continued publication until 1833, when it merged into The Independent press. It was initially edited by Joel Barlow and Elisha Babcock and by Babcock alone after 1785.

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05354. Newspaper Edinburgh Courant Lenardi Initiated 1785

The Edinburgh Evening Courant (printed by David Ramsey) No. I0,569 Monday, January 21. 1793 complete 4 pages. Copntemporary primary source report on the Initiation of Lunardi the baloonist. Page 3 Col 2 Under the heading of Edinburgh News, Mr Lunardi, having been presented with the freedom of the City '. . . was admitted a member of the ancient and honourable fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons in the Lodge of Edinburgh St Andrew . . .' Used and soiled copy with some damage to centre fold generally in very good condition. 320mm x 470mm


NOTE: Vincenzo LUNARDI (1759-1806), the famed chevalier and charming gentleman balloonist, took his first Baloon Flight on 15 Sep.1784 from the Royal Artillery Grounds in Moorfields in England in the presence of Kings George III. His last recorded flight was on 1 Sep.1786, when ascending prematurely, his anchor rope became entangled around his assistant R Heron who fell to his death in front of a large crowd. Born in Luca in Italy, Lunati died in Lisbon Portugal.

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05353. Newspaper Edinburgh Courant Falkirk Lodge 1793

The Edinburgh Evening Courant No. II, 651 Monday, January 21. 1793 complete 4 pages. Members of Falkirk Lodge support announcement. Back page Col 1 Paragraph 2 headed Free Masons Falkirk January 14 1793 text signed by James Henderson, Master and James Young, Clerk (Secretary) allowing the Brethren. . . an opportunity od expressing their sentiments on the present state of the country . . . Used and soiled copy with some damage to left margin generally in very good condition. 320mm x 470mm


NOTE: The Edinburgh Courant, one of the country's first regional papers, began circulation in February 1705 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland as a 1 penny broadsheet newspaper twice weekly until 1710. From 1710 until 1720 it was published as the Scots Courant and as the Edinburgh Evening Courant until 1873, when the Evening News saw the light of day. The author Daniel Defoe and the naval historian James Hannay were Editors, in the early 18th century and between 1860 and1864, respectively.

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05349. Newspaper Edinburgh Evening Courant Dublin Masons 1761

The Edinburgh Evening Courant Saturday, September 5. 1761 complete 4 pages. Early refernce to the Craft in Ireland. Page 2 Col 3 headed Ireland text regarding procession of Livery Comapnies the Mayor and Sheriffs etc reads Dublin Aug 23 Last Tuesday . . . . Many Freemasons also walked in procession, with the proper ensigns, dresses and decorations of that ancient and most honourable Society, preceeded by a person in regal dress represnting King Solomon . . . In excellent condition. Red tax stamp prominent on page 1.


NOTE: The Edinburgh Courant, one of the country's first regional papers, began circulation in February 1705 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland as a 1 penny broadsheet newspaper twice weekly until 1710. From 1710 until 1720 it was published as the Scots Courant and as the Edinburgh Evening Courant until 1873, when the Evening News saw the light of day. The author Daniel Defoe and the naval historian James Hannay were Editors, in the early 18th century and between 1860 and1864, respectively.

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07695. Newspaper Freemasons' Chronicle 1947

Weekly Newspaper The Freemasons' Chronicle Vol CXLIV No 3772. (Seventythird year of Issue) 7th June, 1947 A Weekly Record of Masonic Intelligence.Published by W J Fowler London issued to sunscribers only. 8 pages of Grand Lodge and other news. Articles: front page on The Royal Arch Jewel - A few gleanings on its Geometrivcal Symbolism . Adverts etc. Used copy with usual folds in good condition.
255mm x 379mm



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05352. Newspaper Graphic French Freemasonry 1871

The Graphic Vol. III - No 77 Saturday, May 20. 1871 Complete newspaper of 40 illustrated pages. Inside cover page 456 dedicated to two illustrations each 230mm x 140mm headed Freemasonry in Paris depicting The Ocrtroi Gate at the Port Maillot - Masonic banners on the ramparts and the second illustration of Freemasons planting their banners in front of Port Maillot. The square and compass distinctive on a banner and masons in the foreground with sashes and collars. Lightly used generally in excellent condition.


NOTE: The Graphic was published weekly from December 1869 until July1932 by Illustrated Newspapers, Ltd. During the four month period April to July 1932 it was named The National Graphic and ceased publication in July 1932.

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05351. Newspaper John Bull Masonic Politics 1840

John Bull (Printed by John Cooper Bunney) Vol. XX - No. 1,006 Monday, March 23, 1840 complete 8 pages. Back page col 2 contains a letter from an unnamed A Deputy Provincial Grand Master which appeared in the Times the previous day and is reproduced with the editorial comment: We have hitherto spoken of His Royal Highness proceeding as a man. The following . . . cannot fail to be read with deep interest by every Mason in the Empire and continues with a critical text attacking the Duke of Sussex Grand Master with involvement in politics, inter alia . . . I care but little what opinions HRH may express as an individual, but I do protest against his using the office as Grand Master as a weapon to bear down his political opponents . . .. Three extended paragraphs with an additional editorial comment after signature. Newspaper in excellent condition.


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05341. Newspaper London Chronicle Sussex Installation 1814

Original copy of 'The London Chronicle Vol. CXV No. 8641 Thursday, May 5 - Friday, May 6, 1814' Standard size 220mm x 290mm 8 Pages weekly newspaper. The third page (page 427) has a the third column headed 'Ancient Freemasons' dedicated to a report in detail on the Installation of the Duke of Sussex as Grand Master of the newly established United Grand Lodge of England.




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04581. Newspaper Post Boy 1723 Facsimile Masonic

Facsimile on a single sheet 510mm x 410mm of the December 26-28 1723 issue of the Post Boy, the London Newspaper containing the second earliest known Masonic catechism of 42 questions and answers. Published by the Supreme Council 33rd degree SJ Washington DC USA. Excellent condition.

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06092. Newspaper Sketchley's Birmingham Register Jul 1765

'Sketchley's Birmingham Register' Vol.II No.VI Thursday July, 4, 1765. Unbound 4 pages of the publication by James Sketchley Freemason and maker of the 18th Century 'Sketchley' Masonic Token (See item 0557.) Excellent condition.

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03996. Ribbon Delegate Congress Chicago 1893

Wide 60mm x 77m length silk ribbon with brass header Delegate Congress Ancient and Honorable Fraternity Free and Accepted Masons Chicago August A.D.1893, A.L.5893. Excellent condition.

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01084. Rosette Masonic Black

Sinle Masonic Black Rosette used on clothing or placed on Aprons at time of mourning for a departed brother. With pin. 68mm diamtere as new.

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