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Title:
A new encyclopaedia of Freemasonry (Ars magna latomorum) and of cognate instituted mysteries : their rites, literature, and history
Author:
Waite, Arthur Edward, 1857-1942.
Edition:
Combined edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Wings Books, 1996.

©1970
Physical Description:
2 volumes in 1 : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Previously published: New Hyde Park, N.Y. : University Books, 1970.
Language:
English
Corporate Subject:
ISBN:
9780517191484
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

An overview of the history, literature, and myths of Freemasonry includes explanations of Masonic ritual and symbolism.


Author Notes

Arthur Edward Waite was born on October 2, 1857 in Brooklyn, New York. He was a poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. Waite joined the Outer Order of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in January 1891 after being introduced by E.W. Berridge. In 1899 he entered the Second order of the Golden Dawn. He became a Freemason in 1901, and entered the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia in 1902. In 1903 Waite founded the Independent and Rectified Order R. R. et A. C.

Waite was a prolific author and many of his works were well received in academic circles. He wrote occult texts on subjects including divination, esotericism, Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, and ceremonial magic, Kabbalism and alchemy; he also translated and reissued several important mystical and alchemical works. His works on the Holy Grail, influenced by his friendship with Arthur Machen, were particularly notable. A number of his volumes remain in print, including The Book of Ceremonial Magic (1911), The Holy Kabbalah (1929), A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (1921), and his edited translation of Eliphas Levi's 1896 Transcendental Magic, its Doctrine and Ritual (1910), having seen reprints in recent years. Waite also wrote two allegorical fantasy novels, Prince Starbeam (1889) and The Quest of the Golden Stairs (1893).

(Bowker Author Biography)