RECOMMENDED READING LIST FOR MASONS

 

 

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:

 

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

 

Mythology:

 

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   

 

Philosophy:

 

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

 

General:

 

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