Illustrations of Masonry, by One of the Fraternity, Who has devoted 30 years to the subject . . . Second Edition. With an Account of The Kidnapping of the Author.

Illustrations of Masonry, by One of the Fraternity, Who has devoted 30 years to the subject . . . Second Edition. With an Account of The Kidnapping of the Author.

[Batavia, N. Y.?]: Printed for the Author, 1827. Stated second edition. Pamphlet in contemporary rough wrappers, 9 x 5.25 inches, 92 pages, partially untrimmed. Wrappers worn; some general foxing and soiling, with staining to a few leaves; a good, sound copy. Item #19022

“In the absence of the author, or rather compiler of the following work, who was kidnapped and carried away from the village of Batavia, on the 11th day of September, 1826, by a number of Freemasons, it devolves upon the publisher to attempt to set forth some of the leading views that governed those who embarked in the undertaking.” The keystone work in the Antimasonic movement, first published in Batavia in 1826 and followed by a New York edition that same year with an account of the kidnapping, this version (styled the second edition) is suggested by American Imprints as possibly the second Batavia edition; per the ANB, “Morgan became a symbol of egalitarian rights against secret societies of the privileged. His book, Illustrations of Masonry, was published by Colonel David C. Miller of Batavia, the publisher of the Batavia Republican Advocate and a Morgan enthusiast. Following Morgan’s disappearance, Miller published in 1827 a paper called the Morgan Investigator and more editions of Morgan’s book.” American Imprints 29802 (this edition).

Price: $750.00

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