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Macoy's Masonic Monitor - 175th Edition plus limited edition print bookmark

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Macoy's Masonic Monitor - 175th Anniversary  Edition.   Plus a the limited edition print bookmark made on a late 1800's letterpress with a hand carved wooden die.

Macoy Publishing & Masonic Supply is celebrating 175 years of serving The Craft this year.  We are beginning by publishing a collector’s limited edition of one of Robert Macoy’s first books – Macoy’s Masonic Monitor.   Our team has gone to great lengths to honor this book and Macoy, by meticulously retyping each word and restoring the 300 plus images to their original beauty.   This is not just a photocopied reproduction found on the internet.  On top of that, we have had a special die made so each copy of this book Macoy craftspeople hand gold stamped. 

 Brief history and explanation of Masonic Monitors:

According to Coil’s Encyclopedia, “A monitor is a book of esoteric ritualistic matter.  Virtually all…of the moral and ethical instructions of Freemasonry is contained in the published…monitors and manuals issued by various Masonic authorities.  Such publications (are not) the secret parts of the ritual.  The most prominent of the Monitors were Preston’s 1772; Webb’s of 1797: Cross’ of 1819: Tannehill’s of 1824; Mackey’s of 1852; and Macoy’s of 1867.”

Brent Morris wrote, “So what’s the difference between a monitor and a ritual book? It might help to start with an analogy.  One can think of Masonic degree ritual as a sort of morality play, in which the candidate is the main protagonist and other members of the lodge take on other dramatic roles in the cast. Ritual books contain the scripts to these "plays," and contain material that is considered either secret or not intended for non-members. Monitors, on the other hand, contain the non-secret excerpts of rituals, lectures, and other ceremonies. In other words, monitors include extracts of parts of Masonic ritual that, when read, may give the reader a general sense of the ritual while including neither the text of the ritual itself, nor the passwords, signs, grips, etc. that are a part of what Masons pledge not to reveal to non-Masons.


Monitors exist for the Craft degrees (i.e. the first three degrees), Scottish Rite, York Rite, and various other degrees. Monitors…often include descriptions of how the lodge room or stage is decorated and often contain an outline of the narrative story of the degree. Monitors of the Craft degrees usually contain excerpts from the various "lectures" in which the metaphorical meaning of various Masonic symbols is explained.”

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