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The 'Cooke MS.'. Type-facsimile, with modernised transcript. First edition. A very good original binding. 17cm x 12cm x 2cm. Thin blue boards with blind stamp decoration and gilt titles: "The History And Articles Of Masonry." Edges very rubbed. Old paper library reference number to spine. All page edges gilt. Original yellow endpapers. Printed library label to verso of the front board: "District Punjab, Grand Lodge, Library." Also, armorial bookplate: "E. Libris H. J. Whymper." Glue residue to endpapers from later repairs and removal of old paper cover. Coloured frontispiece: "Facsimile, fol. 4. Add MS, No. 23, 198 Mus. Brit." Printed title in red & black, with purple library stamp: "District Grand Lodge Library. Punjab. 1890". Clear English text throughout. Black letter (mediaeval spelling) on one page and the modern spelling on the facing page. Pages lightly toned. A very good copy of this scarce publication. **"The Matthew Cooke Manuscript is the oldest of a class of about one hundred early documents known as Freemasonry's Gothic Constitutions, and the second oldest known manuscript in Masonic history... Unlike the majority of the old constitutions, which are written on rolls, the Cooke manuscript is written on sheets of vellum, four and three-eighth inches high and three and three eighth inches broad (112mm x 86mm) bound into a book, still retaining its original oak covers. The manuscript was published by R. Spencer, London, in 1861 when it was edited by Mr. Matthew Cooke — hence the name. In the British Museum's catalogue it is listed as "Additional M.S. 23,198", and is now dated to 1450 or thereabouts, although errors in Cooke's transcription caused it originally to be dated to after 1482. In line 140, And in policronico a cronycle p'yned, Cooke translated the last word as "printed", causing Hughan to give the earliest date as Caxton's Polychronicon of 1482. Later retranslation as "proved" justified the earlier dating. Obvious scribal errors indicate that the document is a copy, and repetition of part of the stories of Euclid and Athelstan seems to indicate two sources. Speth postulated, in 1890, that these sources were much older than the manuscript, a view that remained unchallenged for over a century. Recent analysis of the Middle English of the document date it to the same period as the writing, around 1450, implying that the source or sources from which it was copied were almost contemporary with the Cooke, and contemporary with, or only slightly later than the Regius poem. It was probably composed in the West Midlands, near to the origin of the Regius in Shropshire. The historian Andrew Prescott sees both the Regius and Cooke manuscripts as part of the struggle of mediaeval masons to determine their own pay, particularly after the statute of 1425 banning assemblies of masons. Masons sought to show that their assemblies had royal approval, and added the detail that the King's son had become a mason himself. At line 603 we find For of specculatyfe he was a master and he lovyd well masonry and masons. And he bicome a mason hym selfe. James Anderson had access to the Cooke manuscript when he produced his 1723 Constitutions. He quotes the final sixty lines in a footnote to his description of the York assembly. The Woodford manuscript, which is a copy of the Cooke, has a note explaining that it was made in 1728 by the Grand Secretary of the Premier Grand Lodge of England, William Reid, for William Cowper, Clerk of the Parliaments, who had also been Grand Secretary." - See Wikipedia . *** "...The most notable figure associated with freemasonry in Canonbury was matthew Cooke (d. 1883), the masonic scholar who first published rhe early fifteenth-century manuscript of the Old Charges, British Library, Additional MS. 23198, known as the Cooke Manuscript. Cooke was a musician, the son of Matthew Cooke the elder (1761-1829), who was organist of St. George's Bloomsbury and, briefly, the Curzon Chapel, Mayfair. Like his father, Matthew Cooke the younger was a boy chorister in the Chapel Royal and became an organist, acting as Honourary Music Master to the Royal Masonic school for Girls. He was initiated as a mason in the Canonbury Lodge, at Canonbury Tavern on 18 June 1857, an occasion recalled at a festive board following a meeting of the lodge in 1861. Edward Cox, as Master proposing the health of the visitors including Cooke, noted how 'Bro. Cooke had been initiated in that room [in the Canonbury Tavern] and on the W.M.'s proposition... His titles were numerous, and the W.M. must fail if he attempted to recapitulate them; indeed he believed that Bro. Cooke had gone up so many degrees that it wanted but very few more to take him direct th the Grand Lodge above.' In response, Cooke said that 'Like all young children he cam occasionally to the mother for a little pap..." - See Dr. Andrew Prescott - A Canonbury Tale (The Freemasons' Magazine, New series, 5 (Jul-Dec. 1861), pp.412-3). **** "Henry Josiah Whymper 1845-1893. An active Freemason in India and a member of Quatuor Coronati Lodge from January 6, 1888, Whymper is remembered today for his reproduction, in facsimile of the Regius MS. According to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, "He was a man of mark in and out of Masonry, a Companion of the Order of the British Empire, a Masonic Savant and a practical Mason."Initiated: 1872 . Lodge Mayo No. 1413, Rawul Pindi, Punjab . In 1867 he is first listed as manager, Murree Brewery, Kussowlie Branch. 1870 "Managing brewer" Murree and where he remained as such until his death. Died 27 April 1893, dysentry Bombay N/3/69/364. Buried Sewri, Bombay. Other publications of H. J. Whymper include: The Religion of Freemasonry (1888); Constituciones Artis Gemetriæ secundum Euclydem." A facsimile of the early poem on Freemasonry from the original MS. ... [Edited by H. J. Whymper.] (1889); Early Printed Literature referring to Freemasonry. Randle Holme's Academie of Armory, Dr. Plot's Staffordshire, Diary of Elias Ashmole, The Praise of Drunkenness and Long Livers. [Edited by H. J. Whymper.] (1892); A Catalogue of Bibliographies. Lists and Catalogues of Works on Freemasonry. (1891); Triads in Masonry. (1889). " - See AQC Vol. 6. (1893) .
Title: The History and Articles of Masonry (Now first published from a M.S. in the British Museum) ; dedicated, By Permission, To The W. Bro. John Havers Esq., P.S.G.D., President of the Board of general Purposes, By The Editor, Matthew Cooke...
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Publisher: London: Bro. Richard Spencer, 26, great Queen street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, W.C., And Of The editor, 78, George Street, Euston Road, N.W., 1861 . 0:
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