By Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie
The nineteenth-century author and Masonic student Kenneth R. H. Mackenzie (1833-86) studied occultism with Frederick Hockley, and met the well-known French occultist Éliphas Lévi in 1861. He was once additionally interested by the basis of the airtight Order of the Golden sunrise. This huge encyclopaedia, first released in 1877, is taken into account to be a vintage Masonic reference paintings. It comprises precise details at the symbols, rites, legends, phrases, humans and locations linked to Freemasonry. the various symbols are illustrated and lists of scores are given, together with a 'traditional' checklist of Grand Masters of britain that incorporates Sts Swithin and Dunstan, Alfred the nice, Sir Christopher Wren (twice) and Charles II. Mackenzie goals in his entries to be severe whilst appropriate: as he says within the Preface, freemasonry has 'received a keen tribute' in his ebook, yet he tricks at problems encountered in publishing fabric a few famously secretive society.