Masonic Books and Other Sources
Becoming a Freemason is just the door to the enlightenment that can come from it. To truly understand our craft and place in this world takes a life time of study of masonic books, critical thought, and open debate with other seekers of wisdom. Our masonic library is a compilation of essencial readings to posses a dynamic understanding of the context, origin and role freemasonry plays and has played in our world, where the ideas originated and how they have evolved and defused into the fabric of our world.
When reading any of the Masonic books in our library, we recommend that you do so Critically, especially when reading the commentary and speculative books written in the 20th and 21st centuries.
We have built our Library of Masonic Books for the modern man, as such we have sought out direct links to allow for immediate access to the least expensive digital medium of consumption of these materials. This means that many of the primary and secondary sources bellow can be read for free.
While anyone can read through our masonic library and gain a greater understanding about the craft, it should be noted that to understand why certain books are chosen, and how they relate to freemasonry, one must first become a Freemason.
The following is a library of important subjects for Masons to Study:
Primary Historical Documents relating to Freemasonry and its origins, and affiliates:
- King Solomon’s Temple. the Book of Kings. 900 BC
- The Thirteen Books of Euclid’s Elements 325 BC
- Legend of York This link will take you to a popen from 927 AD about how stone masons were arranged into degrees by King Athelstan
- Doomsday Book After King William I conquered England for the Normans in 1066, he ordered a census be taken of all of England. That census we call the Doomsday book. Here we can find a list of those Master Masons, or those Masons listed as land owners.
- The Regius Manuscript: Written in 1390, is the earliest complete charge by masons to masons. This could be said to be the very first of the Masonic Books. It sites a code of behavior, duties, and origins.
- Freemasonry’s Gothic Constitutions: An unknown author from 1450 outlines the charges of being a mason.
- Ashmole’s Diary: This is the first mention of “Free Masonry” as opposed to simply “Masonry” dated to 1646. This mention clearly shows a relation to our moder structure. He says “I was made a Free Mason at Warrington in Lancashire with Colonel Henry Mainwaring (a Parliamentarian) of Karincham in Cheshire; the names of those that were then at the Lodge, Mr Richard Penket Worden, Mr James Collier, Mr Richard Sankey [a Catholic], Henry Littler, John Ellam, Richard Ellam and Hugh Brewer.”
- Constitutions of the Free-Masons 1717: This is a scanned PDF of the 2nd edition printed by Benjamin Franklin in 1734.
- Ahiman Rezon by written by Laurence Dermott for theAntient Grand Lodge of England which was formed in 1751. This is one of the first complete guides ever written on how a masonic Lodge ought to be run.
- Masonic Letters of George Washington This collection was printed in Philadelphia in 1915.
- Masonic Letters of Benjamin Franklin
- The public records of the Grand Lodge of England 1717-1894
Important primary sources that influenced the philosophy and teachings of Freemasonry: While these are not necessarily ”masonic books” they are pivotal works in Masonic understanding. (links coming soon)
- The Torah
- The Book of the Dead
- Hiroditius Histories of
- Marcus Arilius
- John Locke
- Thomas Hobbes
- Adam Smith
- Immanual Kant
- Rene Descartes
- Thomas Jefferson
Well trusted commentary relating directly to the practices of Freemasonry
- Coming Soon
Trusted and verified historical commentary: more coming soon
- Encyclopedia of Freemasonry http://www.worldcat.org/title/encyclopedia-of-freemasonry/oclc/381811
- The Dionysian Artificer by Hippolyto Joseph da Costa  An essay by one of the pioneers of Freemasonry on an important ancient mystery religion.
- Illustrations of Masonry by William Morgan  An early 19th century account of Freemasonry which inspired a great deal of controversy.
- Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor by Malcolm C. Duncan  A comprehensive guide to York rite Freemasonry, including details of ceremonies, grips and passwords, extensively illustrated.
- General Ahiman Rezon by Daniel Sickels  One of the most sought-after Masonic collections, with descriptions of ceremonies, hymns, building dedications, funerals, and more.
- Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike  Albert Pikes’ magnum opus; a advanced textbook of the esoteric basis of Freemasonry.
- Devil Worship in France by A.E. Waite  Waite debunks the notorious Taxil hoax which falsely accused Freemasons of worshipping the Devil.
- The Symbolism of Freemasonry by Albert G. Mackey 
- Shibboleth: A Templar Monitor by George Cooper Connor  A Masonic organization modeled after the Templars of old
- The Builders by Joseph Fort Newton  An introduction to Masonic history and philosophy, including, a factual account of how Freemasonry emerged in the 18th century.
- The Meaning of Masonry by W. L. Wilmshurst  A look inside the symbolism of Masonry.
- Symbolical Masonry by H. L. Haywood A study guide to the history and symbolism of Freemasonry.