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Friday, June 16, 2017

That Was Fast! New Francken Manuscript Edition Arriving Now


Look what thudded onto my front doorstep this afternoon! This massive, brand, spankin' new facsimile reprint of the 1783 Francken Manuscript published in a glorious color edition by the Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction is a magnificent specimen of the book binding and printer's art. 

If you are interested in the development of Masonic degrees, and especially of the French Écossais degrees that made up the 4° through 25° system that eventually became the Scottish Rite in both Supreme Councils and around the world before they were revised in the mid-1800s, you need to suck it up and invest in this volume. It is the first and only authorized publication of this vital work, and all other cheap reproduction editions are flawed and incomplete. It is transcribed and footnoted on facing pages, and includes important historical background information as part of the foreword, as well.

Please support QUALITY Masonic book publishing, because editions like this are extraordinarily expensive to create. Many thanks to everyone in Lexington who made this happen. The price is $95 with free domestic shipping. Order directly from the Supreme Council-NMJ HERE. 


  1. Well I'd love to add this to my library, but the world shipping cost is astounding! $70 US tp the UK! If only there was some opportunity for Brethren outside of the USA to get this title at a fair postage cost. I've paid big amounts for US shipping of books but $165 USD is a whole new level!


    1. Agreed, but a 7-pound book is like shipping a cement block with no cheap way to accomplish it. Postage is out of their hands, I'm afraid. At £135, that's library copy kind of money.

  2. I could hand deliver a copy to London on
    September 30.

    1. Careful with that offer. It weighs 7 pounds. That's a lot of underwear to leave behind to stay under the luggage limit...

  3. Now you can check the shipping charges from USA to India, UK & vice versa. Know exact custom duty & shipping charges for your international courier /shipment with PPOBox.


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