Freemason Books...Basic Foundational Reading
Free, Downloadable Masonic Books
The following links will take you to Masonic websites where you can browse from a list of many different Freemason books which are in .PDF format.
If you are curious about the craft and want to learn more about Freemasonry, the links to other Masonic websites which offer them are below.
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There are literally thousands of Masonic books about Freemasonry's different facets. However, I feel that the books, below, will give you an excellent foundation to begin your Masonic reading journey.
If you are a brand new Entered Apprentice, I suggest all 3 (short) Introduction books by Carl H. Claudy.
If you would like an overview of the facts, fictions and history of Freemasonry, I would suggest The New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry by Dr. Albert Mackey.
Blue Lodge Proficiency Guide by Johnny Valentino
The Mason's Words: The History and Evolution of the American Masonic RitualAn in-depth study of ritual words that are often memorized and spoken, but rarely fully understood.
The Secrete Science of Masonic Initiation by Robert Lomas
The Craft and Its Symbols by Allen Roberts. It is excellent at explaining Masonic symbolism.
by Malcolm Duncan
Principles of Masonic Law by Albert G. Mackey
The book below, A Bridge To Light is for those who wish to join the Scottish Rite.
Morals and Dogma of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry: First Three Degrees by Albert Pike
Masonic Words and Phrases by Michael R. Poll
The Templars: The History and the Myth: From Solomon's Temple to the Freemasons by Michael Haag
The History of Freemasonry; Its Legendary Origins by Dr. Albert Mackey
Dr. Mackey's 3 volume set, "Encyclopedia of Freemasonry" is a treasure chest of Masonic knowledge. It allows you to quickly look up an archaic word, or phrase to fully understand its meaning. It is a fully researched tome of Masonic information about Freemasonry's history, its symbols, its words, and their meanings.
It can make a Masonic education officer's duties very easy. Simply choose a few words from the dictionary during each lodge meeting and read their meaning and history to mentor others.
Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia Of Freemasonry: Volumes 1 - 3 Hardcover – 1946
by Robert I. Clegg, H.L. Haywood Albert G. Mackey (Author)
Mackey's Jurisprudence of Freemasonry by Dr. Albert Mackey
"Observing the Craft" is about the necessity of revisiting and re-embracing the true spiritual light within Freemasonry through study and a deeper understanding of its principles. This book provides an excellent introspection into the need to go "back to the basics" within our lodges, and it rightfully calls each member to to be a guiding light to assist both new and long-time brothers to truly learn the meaning of the Craft, and not simply be satisfied to only memorize the words within the ritual.
Observing the Craft: The Pursuit of Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance
by Andrew Hammer
The Masonic Wife answers questions about Freemasonry that women (and men) are curious about and would like to understand better.
Rare Masonic Books
If you are a newly Entered Apprentice, I would suggest you read about one of Freemasonry's most important symbols
The Pythagorean Theorem, also known as the 47th Problem of Euclid
Masonic Degree Verses