ONE OF THE MOST MARVELOUS AND FASCINATING TOPICS OF ANTIQUITY. ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT EDIFICES IN THE WORLD AND THROUGHOUT HUMAN HISTORY. THE CORNERSTONE UPON WHICH THE PHILOSOPHY, TENETS, ALLEGORIES AND RITUALS OF FREEMASONRY HAVE BEEN BUILT.. MASONIC ANTIQUITIES OF THE ORIENT UNVEILED. Containing a Concise Description of the Wonderful ruins of the Substructions of King Solomon's Temple, and of the Ancient and Remarkable Cities Built by the Ancient Builders, Including Tadmor, Baalbek, Babylon, Nineveh, and Damascus.Published in 1873, presumed First Edition. Published by Redding & Co. 9.5" x 6" tooled leather binding with raised bands on spine and gilt decoration. Embellished with Beautiful Lithographs, and Seventy Graphic Engravings. Condition: VERY RARE -- GOOD ANTIQUE CONDITION.
Handsome leather binding as shown in photos. Front inner hinge is cracked, remnants of a very old tape repair. Outer edges of first few pages are slightly worn.Text is clean and complete. No torn, loose or missing pages. Folding map has a split along fold at bottom left, but otherwise is in nice shape. A nice example of this scarce and important 1873 Masonic title. MASONIC ANTIQUITIES OF THE ORIENT UNVEILED by Moses Wolcott Redding was the first Masonic book wholly devoted to the study of King Solomon's Temple site, his store cities and other antiquities of the Holy Land.
Bound in handsome tooled leather and embellished with beautiful lithographs, graphic engravings, maps and other foldouts, it is a work of art. MASONIC ANTIQUITIES OF THE ORIENT UNVEILED was intended to familiarize Freemasons of the world with the archaeological antiquities and historical traditions which inspired the design, practices and rituals of the Masonic Lodge and Fraternity.Far surpassing any Freemason's monitor, history or other book associated with the Craft, MASONIC ANTIQUITIES OF THE ORIENT UNVEILED delivered previously unpublished information available on Solomon's Temple and fellow Holy Land sites by incorporating the latest findings from recent excavations of the 1860s. Redding realize that in the case of the Temple Mount -- also known as Mt. Zion, traditional site of Solomon's Temple -- the excavations upon which he based his work would be the last such investigations ever to be undertaken. Due to the extreme political and religious sensitivity of the site, no real archaeological excavations have been conducted on the Temple Mount in all the years since. Redding writes in the Preface. Within a few years past, extensive explorations have been carried on throughout the East, which have resulted in remarkable discoveries in nearly all of the ancient and renowned cities known to sacred history. Among the most important of these discoveries are those made in Jerusalem, in the excavations around and under the Temple site - among the ruins of King Solomon's store cities, Baalbek, Tadmor and Hamath - at Babylon, Nineveh and Shushan.
These discoveries have awakened an interest that will not be satisfied with anything less than a description of the ruins of all the important cities of the East. In the ordinary works of Eastern travelers and writers, so much space is given to incidents of travel, and the speculations of travelers, that but little room is left for a description of antiquities or relics. The aim of this work is to comprise in a convenient compass the results of all the important explorations and excavations made in the East; -- especially among the ruins of King Solomon's cities. To this end, this work has been made strictly descriptive and historical; yet containing only enough of history to render the subject intelligible. By this plan a description of the ruins, as now seen, of forty of the most famous cities of antiquity is given in the space of this volume.
Do not miss your opportunity to add this informative, inspirational and historically significant antique volume to your own Freemasonry library. CHAPTER ONE MORIAH AND THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON: Mount Moriah The Temple Area, or Enclosure Wilson's Arch Robinson's Arch Masonic Hall Foundation Walls of the Temple South, West and East Gates Dome of the Rock Mosque El Aksa. CHAPTER TWO THE PRIVATE MARKS OF THE BUILDERS AND THE REMARKABLE ANCIENT QUARRY UNDER JERUSALEM: Marks found on Stones in the Foundation Walls of the Temple Area Marks found in Samaria and Hebron The Great Subterranean Quarry.
CHAPTER FOUR THE CRADLE OF THE HUMAN RACE: The Garden of Eden Mount Ararat The Dispersion of the People Their Location, or the Places Occupied by Them The First Settlements of the Human Family. CHAPTER FIVE THE FIRST CITIES BUILT, THEIR RISE, FALL AND RUINS, AS NOW SEEN: The Ruins of Babylon Erech Accad Calneh Nineveh Damascus. CHAPTER SIX THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR: The Origin of the Order The Fatal Battle of Hattin Massacre of the Knights Description of the Ancient City of Kerak, a Stronghold of the Knights. CHAPTER SEVEN PYTHAGORAS: His Birthplace, Education, Travels, Philosophy, Great Influence and Renown, and the Tragic Termination of His Career. CHAPTER EIGHT EGYPTIAN MYSTERIES: Singular Rites and Ceremonies pertaining thereto The First Form of Initiation Ever Practiced.
CHAPTER NINE JERUSALEM: Origin Assault and Capture of the City by David David's Death He is Succeeded by Solomon, who Builds the Magnificent Temple, and the Store Cities Siege of Jerusalem by Titus, It is Taken at Midnight Wanton Destruction of the Temple By Fire. CHAPTER TEN A SKETCH OF THE TOPOGRAPHY OF THE CITY AND ADJOINING COUNTRY: Jerusalem City of Jehoshaphat Valley of Hinnom The Tyropoeon Walls Via Dolorosa David Street. CHAPTER ELEVEN RELICS, OBJECTS AND PLACES OF INTEREST: Ancient Pottery Lamps Knives and Other Relics Zion Bridge Ancient Castle of David Gates of the City Pools Fountains Valley of Jehoshaphat Village of Siloam Ancient Tombs and Vaults Valley of Hinnom Aceldama, the Field of Blood The Valley of Murder Athlete Ruins of Works of the Ancient Builders Ruins of Pergamon.
ILLUSTRATIONS INCLUDE: Site of King Solomon's Temple and Grounds (color lithograph) Solomon, King of Israel Receiving Contributions for Rebuilding the Temple Jerusalem as it was in the Time of Solomon Jerusalem as it is Ancient Knives, Lamp and Ink Bottle Ecce Homo Arch Acacia Tree Sprig of Acacia The Castle of David Davis Mosk, and Tomb Ancient Tombs and Vaults Door of a Tomb Succoth Piers and Vaults under the Temple Interior views of the East and South Gates of the Temple Enclosure Remarkable Artificial Cave under the Temple Site - Noble Cave King Solomon's Cisterns Robinson's Arch and Section of the Wall of the Temple Enclosure Pilaster in Masonic Hall Interior view of Wilson's Arches A section of the Wall on Which Private Marks Were Found Explorer examining the Marks Private Marks of the Builders Remarkable Ancient Quarry under Jerusalem Hebron - Mosque, and Tomb of Abraham Tyre as Now Seen Hiram's Well King Hiram's Tomb Pass of the Jordan - color lithograph Singular Figured Pavement Ancient Coffin Ephraim Mt. Lebanon and Bay from which the Cedars of Lebanon were Floated Joppa Ruins of Palmyra - Ancient Padmoor The Great Temple - Baalbek Temple of the Sun - Baalbek Gebal Kirjath - Jearim Ephesus Samaria Ruins of the Church of St.Ararat The Kasr - Babylon Mounds of Ruins at Babylon Nineveh, the Buried City Excavations at Nineveh Images Divination Cup Ancient Walls of Damascus Damascus, from Salahiyeh Abd-El-Kader Schechem Sidon - Its Ruins The Valley of Murder, near Jericho Columns at Shushan Ruins of the Palace at Shushan Ruins of Rabbah Source of the River Jordan - Paneas Ruins of Gadara Mt. Hattin - The Battleground War Horses after the Battle Triumphal Arch, Gerash Colonnade, Gerash Part of the Principal Street, Gerash Great Temple from the Colonnade, Gerash Ruins of an Ancient City in the Hauran Ancient Kitchen and Utensions - Ancient Hoes The Garden of Gethsemane Golgotha Plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Bethany Ancient Drinking Cups Ancient Musical Instruments Porch of the Temple Cedars of Lebanon East Gate of the Temple Enclosure Interior view of the Temple Presentation in the Temple King Zedechiah and other captives carried before Nebuchednezzar at Riblah Encampment of the Twelve Tribes - The Tabernacle. Remember, this is an 1873 original. This book is 149 years old. Please be sure to add me to your List of Favorite Sellers. Don't miss out on any of my latest listings. When you prepare your listings you generally should use only material text, photographs, etc.
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