17 Must-Read Masonic Books For Freemasons

Locate With hundreds of years of Masonic history recorded and recorded by Brethren long gone (and regrettably forgotten), your typical Masonic reader is spoilt for choice when it comes to Masonic literature.  

In this article, I’ll be sharing with you 17 must-read Masonic books for Freemasons which have been indicated by Masons that have been asked this question on different Masonic FB Groups.  

If you are a lover of Masonic literature and also need to add a few more to-reads on your list, have a look at the following 17 classics. 

Masonic Book

The Principles of Masonic Law

This book is written by Albert Mackey and published in 1856. The publication is usually an essay of those laws, usages, and landmarks of Freemasonry.  

It examines the essential principles of the Brotherhood and their program from the fraternity. The essential science of Masonic initiation provides all information about the beginning of masonic with details.

Masonic Book - The Principles of Masonic Law

Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish rite of Freemasonry

The book was originally composed by Albert Pike back in 1871. It is popularly called Morals and Dogma.  

Over time, it has been reprinted several together with the last official copy released in 2011.  

You will get the degrees of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, in this book.

Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish rite of Freemasonry

The Symbolism of Freemasonry 

The Symbolism of Freemasonry was originally written by Albert Mackey in 1882. The literature describes and explains the science, philosophical philosophy, legends, myths, and symbols related to the purchase.  

The materials are based on customs and narratives created around Freemasonry. It contrasts the actions of the order, and the message conveyed behind Masonic ways. 

The Meaning of Masonry

The Meaning of Masonry is the book that leads us towards the actual meaning of masonry. This book is written by Walter L. Wilmhurst. It was published in 1922. The publication relies on a protracted debate about different views on the purchase.  

It aims in providing a detailed understanding of the Brotherhood. It investigates Freemasonry as a doctrine, science, its craft symbolism, among other things.  

The Lost Keys of Freemasonry 

The Lost Keys of Freemasonry is written by Manly P. Hall and published in 1923. This book is top-ranking official shedding light on the secret Society. 

The book talks about the training masons undergo, ways followed by new initiates from the order, and the character a real Masonic member must cultivate inside himself.  

The Craft and Its Symbols: Opening the Door to Masonic Symbolism

The Craft and Its Symbols: Opening the Door to Masonic

Symbolism is published in 1974 and composed by Allen E. Roberts. This book examines Freemasonry at length. It provides more details about the Organization and also explains its operations. 

The writer focuses on the symbols displayed in various regions of the lodge, i.e., change, functioning tools and decoration, and the significance held in different life stages.

Duncan’s Ritual of Freemasonry

Duncan’s Ritual of Freemasonry was composed by Malcolm C. Duncan and printed in 1976. 

This book is a version of the first edition among the most, well-illustrated handbooks that any Freemason will be lucky to have.  

It has 281 pages and all pages are filled with numerous notes and illustrations of antique specifics of this organization.

The Secret Teachings of All Ages

The Secret Teachings of All Ages is written by Manly Palmer Hall and he published this book in 1988. 

It is an encyclopedia that interprets rituals, teachings, and practices of the middle ages.

The topics range from different subjects, including Freemasonry symbols, practices, and traditions from early times.

Freemasonry- A Journey through Ritual and Symbol

W. MacNulty, wrote the book, Freemasonry- A Journey through Ritual and Symbol. This book explains the complete journey of Freemasonry through symbols and rituals. This book is published in 1991.

One thing, I would like to tell, the writer of this book W. MacNulty has been a Freemason member for over 40 years.

This book inspects the origin, rituals, and symbolism of the order and presents the deeper meaning and understanding of the society, transparently. 

The writer also explained all his researches about Freemasonry as a part of an ancient western tradition dating back to the Feudal Period.

Revolutionary Brotherhood- Freemasonry and the Transformation of the American Social Order, 1730- 1840

Revolutionary Brotherhood is written by Steven C. Bullock in 1996. In this book, Steven touches on the social background of Britain and North America back in the early 1700s.

He describes all the historical events about revolutionary Brotherhood from history and the complete transformation of the American social order. 

The author explains all the links of the American Revolution about Freemasonry according to early American society and founding fathers of Freemasonry.

So if you are interested to know about the early American Revolution about Freemasonry then you should go for this book and get the knowledge according to your desires.

The Hiram Key

The book, Hiram Key is generally based on the discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus. The writers of this book were Christopher Knight and Robert Lomas in 1996. 

It presents the theory of Freemasonry’s origin of Jesus and Jerusalem Church. It also tells about the Pharaoh and Freemasons rulers.

Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites

Freemasonry and Its Ancient Mystic Rites, the book of mystical events of history. The author of this book is Charles Webster Lead beater and published in 1998. This is book is full of interesting and mystical history of the fraternity. It also explains the relationships among ancient rituals such as Egypt, Greece, Crete, and the middle ages in Europe.

The basic Scottish rite and Co-Masonic order of the 20th century are also included in this book.

If you are interested to read about the historical and mystical secrets of Freemasonry, then this book is the best option for you.

The Freemasons: A History of the World’s Most Powerful Secret Society

This Freemasons related book is written by Jasper Ridley and published in 1998. This book reveals all about the history of the world’s most powerful secret society. The writer, Jasper wrote his complete research about the role of Freemasonry in America. He also described the role of Freemason in the French and American Revolution. 

This book tells us about the famous and powerful members of the British Monarch, and some of the legends who were masons. As I mentioned that this book tells us about the powerful personalities of the U.S. it reveals about the famous 16 presidents of the United States.

Jasper tries to define Mozart’s Magic Flute exposes the secret rituals of the Brotherhood.

Freemasonry- Symbols, Secrets, Significance

Freemasonry- Symbols, Secrets, and Significance are written initially by W. Kirk MacNulty. 

In this, the author provides a description of Freemasonry symbols with details. He tries to explain Freemasonry as the symbol of morality, life, death, regalia, architecture, ritual swords, paintings, tracing boards, and all other items of value used in Masonry operations.

You will find all the history related information about Brotherhood in this book. From the earlier masons to the present-day, what you want to know, this book provides you. 

Solomon’s Builders- Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington

Solomon’s Builders is a clear picture of Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington, D.C. this factual book is written by Christopher L. Hodapp and Published in 2006.

The author Christopher tries to answer all questions related to Freemasonry. He also answered the very popular question ‘Did Freemasons create the United States of America?’ The way he answered, everyone, can get easily what he wants to know. 

You will find all national monuments and other American symbols to Freemasonry with an explanation, in this book. This book is related to all masonry involvements in the United States. It illustrates all thick and thins related American masonic founding and describe the founding fathers of US masonry such as Benjamin Franklin, George Washington.

The book also explains national monuments and other U.S. symbols to Freemasonry.

The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation

The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation was written by Robert Lomas and he published it in 2009. This book is full of information about the secret of Masonic initiation. You will find the clear purpose of Brotherhood and a fine path to get knowledge about masons.

Robert shares his reviews about the Brotherhood and his understanding of society. He has mentioned that society is a way where you can discover and predict yourself. He further shares that how can you take steps towards spirituality and make body adventures.

In short, this book is very interesting, especially for those who want to discover their selves.

Sworn in Secret- Freemasonry and the Knights Templar

Sworn in Secret- Freemasonry and the Knights Templar is written by Sanford Holst in 2012. It is about the activities of the Knight Templar and information about known masons. You will get a new perception of practices, rituals, and symbols of the order. 

The author of this book suggested the earlier crusades, the rise of Christianity, and Masonry to Solomon’s Temple. He also tried to make a link between the events to the rise of stonemasons and Templars. 


All these books are greeted lead to know about Freemasonry and masonic initiation. From these books, you can get information about masonic and Freemasonry symbols, secrets, and significance.

You will get Freemasonry to journey from ritual and symbolic art and its ancient mystic rites. This article will guide you properly about the Freemasonry books and what it is Freemasonry, itself.

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