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PRESENTING A RARE HISTORIC ANTIQUE POST-CIVIL WAR 1867 ESOTERIC MYSTICAL WORK FROM THE LEGENDARY SECRET SOCIETY, THE ODD FELLOWS! Inspired by Freemasonry, the Odd Fellows are one of the Most Important Historic International Orders!
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS! EVEN RARER THEN MASONIC WORKS OF THE PERIOD!
"THE ODD FELLOWS POCKET TEXT-BOOK"! "EMBRACING A DETAIL OF THE ORDER IN ALL ITS BRANCHES"! SMALL IN SIZE, BUT RICH IN HISTORY & RELEVANCE!
THE ALL SEEING EYE KNOWS ALL! HIDDEN HISTORIES WITH SYMBOLS & PHILOSOPHY!
PULSATING HUMAN HEART IN HAND! LESSONS ON LIFE & DEATH! AN THE MUSIC PLAYED UPON DEATH!
A UNIQUE BROTHERHOOD WITH SECRECY! LEATHER FOLD-OVER COVERS WITH DESIGN!HUMANITY IS ON BORROWED TIME! OF HOLINESS & GREAT SPIRITUALITY!
SYMBOLISM ON REGALIA & JEWELRY! GREAT MYSTERIES & ANCIENT SECRETS!
THE ONLY REALLY IMPORTANT TRUTHS! IMPORTANT IDEALS OF ODD FELLOWSHIP! SONGS ONLY SUNG BY ODD FELLOWS! A COLLECTIBLE & READABLE HISTORIC WORK! INFLUENCED BY THE ANCIENT TRADITIONS & ARTS OF FREEMASONRY, THIS IS ONE OF THE NICEST WORKS FROM THE "INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS", ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE ORGANIZATIONS IN THE WORLD!
INTENDED FOR THE INITIATED ONLY! This Rare Work was NEVER, EVER Intended for the General Reading Public! RARE POST-CIVIL WAR ERA LITERARY COLLECTIBLE!
Visit Our Classicliterati Auctions Each Week For.. Fascinating, Historic & Unique Collectible Treasures! Regarded by Collectors Worldwide as the Leading Specialist in Masonic, Knights Templar, Odd Fellows, Fraternal and other Secret Society Antiques & Collectibles!We also Feature Many Other Fascinating Collectibles from Throughout the World! KEEP CHECKING OUR CLASSICLITERATI AUCTIONS! We Treat You Like Royalty!! This is one of the rarest artistic symbolic books from the legendary "Odd Fellows", one of the most important historical "Secret Societies". Dating back to post-Civil War 1867, the "Odd Fellows Pocket Text-Book" is a landmark 558 page work of esoteric culture and mystical philosophy. The reader learns much fascinating and mysterious aspects of this unique secret order. Information exclusively reserved for the initiated.
Later versions of this book are not exactly the same. This classic book is very old and although solid and quite readable, there is expected age wear. Although it is impossible to check each and every page in a 558 page book, it seems the majority of pages are fine, the early pages show more wear. There is a strip of tape along where two pages meet.
We saw light pencil marks on one page. The leather covers have scuffs, crackling, scratches and and tear with a strip of tape along the spine overlapping part of the back cover, The small leather loop is gone, but the flap makes for a great bookmark. The book is basically solid and quite readable. This is a Civil War era book and age wear is to be expected.We have seen in some of the finest libraries and archives, many valuable volumes that show far more wear and tear than does this little gem of a book. If by chance we overlooked something, please look at the photos and there MANY to see. This is one of the rarest and most collectible books of its kind. It includes materials and pictures not found in other versions. It is a great item. A RARE ORIGINAL CLASSIC SECRET SOCIETY BOOK FROM 1867! And it is important to understand that this work was not ever intended for the general public.
There are 558 pages with 100 illustrations (referred to in the book as "Elegant Illustrative Engravings"). The book measures approximately 3 ¼ x 4 ¾ inches. Relatively small in size, but rich in spirit and history. RARE HISTORIC ANTIQUE POST-CIVIL WAR 1867 ESOTERIC MYSTICAL WORK FROM THE LEGENDARY SECRET SOCIETY, THE ODD FELLOWS! WITH 100 ELEGANT ILLUSTRATIVE ENGRAVINGS!
This very rare book along with most Odd Fellows philosophy, literature, rituals and regalia owes much to a shared legacy of Masonic traditions and teachings. It is a fact that "Odd Fellowship", both artistically and philosophically belongs to the history of Freemasonry. In spite of much continuous confusion regarding both groups, the historical kinship can not and should not be denied. This is a gorgeous piece from a significant organization of people who dreamed of changing the world for the better.
Of creating and building a society where no human being would suffer neglect and apathy. Those are among the many ancient Biblical principles embodied by this great group. Do not allow this piece of fraternal history escape you. We regularly feature extremely attractive and also very rare, top quality antiques including among the finest in Fraternal and Masonic Swords and Historic Relics as well as many other fascinating items.Among our clients are Museums and Archives as well as many collectors the world over. Please keep checking our Classicliterati auctions. We try to describe items to the best of our ability. FREEMASONRY, ODD FELLOWSHIP & MASONS. Known as the "Three Link Fraternity", the various Orders of Odd Fellows around the world, while often being mislabeled as belonging to the Masonic fraternity (which they were not), were nonetheless heavily connected to Freemasonry in more then just a small handful of ways.
While borrowing many Masonic symbols and regalia, such as the use of Aprons, images of Skulls, Beehives, the All-Seeing-Eye, Globes among hundreds of other Masonic elements and also following along the esoteric and spiritual lines of the Masonic Brotherhood, the Odd Fellows performed a wide variety of colorful and esoteric oriented rituals and initiations. Unjustly condemned by misguided segments within Catholicism and some other churches as being an Occult organization, with Pagan and even Satanic ideals, the misunderstood Odd Fellows, nonetheless thrived greatly during that early period. Standing for the universal human principles of "Friendship, Love and Truth", the group formed a significant nucleus of esoteric America and other parts of the world such as England, the Netherlands, Australia, etc.
It should be mentioned that the Odd Fellows, like the Masons existed all over the world. While today no longer a prominent presence, curiously, there are still branches in Europe, Australia, etc.
One often recognizes this Order by the three letters, "FLT" which stand for "FRIENDSHIP, LOVE & TRUTH" and which appears on much of their regalia. Their mottos included the following: VISIT THE SICK, RELIEVE THE DISTRESSED, BURY THE DEAD and EDUCATE THE ORPHANS. Although today quite a small organization, we ourselves are aware of individual Odd Fellow members who are also active in their Masonic Lodges.
The military-like Patriarchs Militant, once a spectacular feature as units in massive parades, with their extravagant costumes and brandishing their highly ornate swords, betray the obvious influence of the Masonic Order of Knights Templar. Dual membership in Odd Fellowship and Freemasonry was once very common.For reference purposes, below are two historic photographs: The first shows a jointly owned old building which served both as Odd Fellows Hall and Masonic Temple. This 19th Century Tombstone shows how very passionate this individual was about his membership in both the Masonic and Odd Fellow orders. CHECK OUR AUCTIONS EACH WEEK FOR A WIDE SELECTION OF THE FINEST MASONIC SWORDS, ANTIQUES & OTHER FASCINATING QUALITY COLLECTIBLES! VERY RARE HISTORIC ANTIQUE SECRET SOCIETY BOOK. No part or parts of this ad may be reproduced without permission.
The item "SECRET SOCIETY Antique 1867 MYSTIC Masonic-type ODD FELLOWS BOOK! Rare SYMBOLISM" is in sale since Sunday, October 17, 2021. This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible". The seller is "classicliterati" and is located in New York, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.