Weiser Antiquarian Booksellers have released a “New Year Miscellany” catalogue featuring many tempting items including:
The Knights Templars. Enlarged from the Researches of Numerous Authors, De Vertot, Michaud, De Vogue, Taaffe, Proctor, Mackey, Scott, Burke, Burnes, Mills, Pike, James, Morris, Boutell, Creigh, Woof, Gourdin, Gardner and others in the Departments of Chivalry, Heraldry, and the Crusades, the Whole Affording a Complete History of the Masonic Knighthood, from the Origin of the Orders to the Present Time – Adapted to the American System.
New York: Masonic Publishing Co., 1874. Subscriber’s Edition. Hardcover. Large octavo. 632pp + 4pp adverts. Original brown cloth decorated in gilt and blind with gilt armorial device to upper board and gilt title to spine, two colour frontispieces with tissue guard, illustrated title page, fold out map and b&w illustrations throughout. The heavily revised fourth edition (first American Edition?) of the first significant historical studies of the Knights Templar to find its way to a broader audience. Using contemporary accounts Addison chronicled the rise of the Templars, through the Crusades, their acquisition of immense wealth and power, and their eventual downfall and persecution, with chapters on the architecture and history of the Temple Church in London. This edition was extensivley revised by Robert Macoy, correcting errors and adding a vast amount of material on the growth and development of (Masonic) Templarism from the 1820s onwards, with specific focus on Templarism in America. From a historical perspective the work played an important part in framing the vision of the Templars that developed in late nineteenth and early twentieth century occult and Masonic circles, and is frequently cited in their writings. This “Subscriber’s Edition” was funded by American Templars, a list of whose names appears at the rear of the volume. Cloth a bit rubbed and discoloured, spine ends heavily chafed and frayed with some loss and splits to cloth at gutters, corners lightly bumped and chafed, rear endpapers split slightly at inner hinge – hinge holding solidly, page edges a bit darkened and pages toned. Color plates discolored. Punture mark through lower margin of about 30 leaves. Despite wear, still a tight and solid G+ example of this scarce and important edition. Item #61734
Memoirs of Religious Imposters…. from the seventh to the nineteenth century, to which is added an introductory essay on the difference between the true spirit of prophecy, and the wild effusions propagated too often to impose and embarrass the susceptive passions of the human mind.
London: Jones and Co, 1822. Second Edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Eccentrically paginated. 12pp +132pp + ii, 54pp + ii, 82pp + 32pp + 28pp. Original brown boards. The volume appears to be an omnibus comprising a number of separately published booklets on various religious enthusiasts. Two of the works: “The Life of James Nayler, a Fanatic Enthusiast, who Profanely and Blasphemously Personated Jesus Christ …” by D. Hughson (S. A. Oddy, London, 1814) and “A Copious Account of the French and English Prophets who Infested London during 1707, and the Following Years …” by D. Hughson (S. A. Oddy, London, 1814) have their original separate title-pages. Other notable figures studied are: Joanna Southcott, Wm. Huntingdon, Eliz. Barton, Wm. Hackett, Edmund Coppinger, Henry Arthington, Hugh Peters, Lights of Walton, Lodowick Muggleton, Richard Brothers, Joan of Arc and Mahomet. From the collection of Dr. M. H. Coleman, though not marked as such. Original boards are very well worn with some minor loss at corners and abrasions to boards, original spine mostly lost with some more recent crude repair and penned titling, browning to page edges, pages a little toned but fresh and unmarked with only very minor scattered browning and foxing. Overall, a solid and internally clean Good+ copy of a title that is scarce in any early edition. Item #61501