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Claret's Ritual 4th Edition pre-1850 - First Printed Emulation Ritual

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Complete, mostly sound, one page loose but present, occasional (aged) pencil marks, foxing, splits &

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Seller notes: Complete, mostly sound, one page loose but present, occasional (aged) pencil marks, foxing, splits & tears.
Masonic Order: Craft Type: Books/ Publications
This is a copy of the fourth edition of Claret's Ritual by George Claret, dating from before 1850. 

George Claret was a significant figure in the development of the Emulation Ritual and copies of this book are rare. 

The book has board covers decorated with gilt. The book is about 4" x 5" and 278 pages. The pages are gilt edged. It is complete but shows the 160+ years age of what appears to be a well-used book. One page is detached but is present. There are pencil marks throughout that look to be very old. Some pages are dog-eared, there is some foxing, there are splits and tears. None of these detract from the contents which are a complete and a now historic record of Emulation in the years post-1813. 

The front inside board has in ink the name "W H Prince P P S G D, E L, 1861".   

The contents are: Opening; Closing; Questions before Passing; Questions before Raising; Ceremony at Initiation; Prayer at Initiation; Obligation at Initiation; First Tracing Board; Charge at Initiation; Ceremony of Passing; Prayer at Passing; Obligation at Passing; Second Tracing Board; Ceremony of Raising; Prayer at Raising; Obligation at Raising; Exhortation; The Charge; Third Tracing Board; Installation of the W M and Officers; Prayer; Address; First Lecture; Second Lecture; Third Lecture; Call from Labor; Call to Labor; General Remarks. 

There are three illustrations at the beginning of the book showing the correct method of advancing to the E. 

Throughout there are references to the old charges. 

Claret's Ritual, and George Claret, are referenced in several websites -

Masonic Quarterly : http://www.mqmagazine.co.uk/issue-10/p-61.php
The Square : http://www.exacteditions.com/browse/20712/21410/32060/3/53
Norfolk Province : http://www.norfolk-masons.org/norfolk_masons/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=405:the-claret-ritual&catid=950:richard-gurney-lodge&Itemid=247
Phoenix Masonry : http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/commentary_on_the_freemasonic_ritual.htm

- and there are many more that acknowledge Claret's Ritual as the first published ritual of Emulation and the importance of this as a reference to what Emulation ritual looked like in the early days after the union and before many of the changes imposed upon the Craft over the years.

The proceeds from this sale in their entirety go to a charity local to me, Tillydrone Vision.

Payment by PayPal only; shipping to UK addresses only. Sorry about the postage charge but it is below cost and there are no packing or handling charges.

Thanks for looking and good luck if you're bidding :)

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