This web page is designed to assist members of the Masonic Fraternity in selecting books which will make worthwhile additions to their Masonic library. It is not intended that these be viewed as a “top ten” list; rather that the books listed here are generally accepted by Masonic scholars to be reliable guides to Masonic knowledge. For the most part, they can also still be found on the Internet, Masonic Supply companies, and/or regular bookstores.


Origins of Freemasonry:


The Origins of Freemasonry: Scotland’s Century 1590-1710, David Stevenson, Cambridge University Press, 1988


The Rise and Development of Organized Freemasonry, Roy A. Wells, Lewis Masonic

 Press, London, 1986


The Golden Builders: Alchemists, Rosicrucians, the First Freemasons, Tobias Churton, Weiser Books, 2005


History of Freemasonry:


A Comprehensive View of Freemasonry, Henry Wilson Coil, Macoy Publishing, 1954


American Freemasons: Three Centuries of Building Communities, Mark A.Tabbart, New York University Press, New York, 2005


Living the Enlightenment: Freemasonry and Politics in Eighteenth Century Europe, Margaret Jacob, Oxford University Press, 1991


Revolutionary Brotherhood: Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730-1840, Steven C. Bullock, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC 1996


Freemasonry: A Celebration of the Craft, John Hamil and Robert Gilbert, World Publications, 1999


Lodge of the Double Headed Eagle: Two Centuries of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America’s Southern Jurisdiction, William L. Fox, University of Arkansas Press, 1997


Valley of the Craftsmen, A Pictorial History: Scottish Rite Freemasonry in America’s Southern Jurisdiction, 1801-2001, edited by William L. Fox, Supreme Council, S.J., A&ASR


Inside Prince Hall, David L. Gray, Anchor Communication, LLC, Lancaster, VA 2004


100 Years of Scottish Rite Masonry in the Valley of Guthrie, Robert G. Davis, Cowen Printing, Oklahoma City, 1999



Rose Croix: A History of the Ancient and Accepted Rite in England and Wales, A.C.F. Jackson, Ian Allan Publishing, Ltd, 1980




Symbolism in Craft Masonry, Colin Dyer, Macoy Publishing, A. Lewis Press, London 1976


Freemasonry: A Journey Through Ritual and Symbol, Kirk MacNulty, Cambridge University Press, 1991


Way of the Craftsmen: A Search for the Spiritual Essence of Freemasonry, Kirk MacNulty, Central Regalia, Ltd, 2002


Sources of Masonic Symbolism, Alex Horne, Macoy Publishing, 1981


Meaning of Masonry, W.L. Wilmshurst, Gramercy, 1995


Symbols of Freemasonry, Daniel Beresniak, Assouline, 2000


Vested In Glory, Jim Tresner, Scottish Rite Research Society, Supreme Council, SJ, A&ASR, 2000




The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell, Bollingen Series, 1972


The Myth of the Eternal Return, Marcea Eliade, Pantheon Books, 1955


Myths to Live By, Johnson E. Fairchild, Penguin, 1993   




Bridge to Light, Rex Hutchens, Supreme Council, SJ, A&ASR, Washington, DC


Pillars of Wisdom: The Writings of Albert Pike, Rex Hutchens, Supreme Council, SJ, A&ASR, Washington, DC


Hidden Wisdom, A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions, Richard Smoley & Jay Kinney, Penguin, 1999




Freemason’s Guide and Compendium, Bernard E. Jones, Chambers Harrap Publishers, 1991


The Freemason At Work, Harry Carr, Lewis Masonic, 1981


Freemasonry Universal, A New Guide to the Masonic World, Vol’s 1 and 2, Kent Henderson & Tony Pope, Global Masonic Publications, Australia, 2001


Understanding Manhood in America: Freemasonry’s Enduring Path to the Mature Masculine, Robert G. Davis, Anchor Communications, LLC, Lancaster, VA 2005


Albert Pike: The Man Beyond the Monument, Jim Tresner, Scottish Rite Research Society, Supreme Council, SJ, A&ASR, 1995


A Life of Albert Pike, Walter G. Brown, University of Arkansas Press, 1997


Coils Masonic Encyclopedia, Henry Wilson Coil, Macoy Publishing, 1995