Rare Compilation on Laws of the Rosicrucians Pongratz, Albert, Editor. Manuale Praesidum Confraternitatis SS. Rosarii: Continens Statuta, Indulgentias, Atque Privilegia Eiusdem Confraternitatis, In quo Omnia Fere, Confraternitatem hanc Concernentia, Breviter, Clare, & Solide Declarantur, Declarata Novissimis Romanis Decisionibus Roborantur. Deinde Vero Etiam de Aliis Famosioribus S. Ordinis Praedicatorum Societatibus, & Indulgentiis Tractatur: In Utilitatem tum Sodalium, Cum Praeprimis Praesidum Elaboratum Opera. Ljubljana: Typis, Adami Frid. Reichhard, . [viii], 390,  pp. Quarto (8" x 6-1/4"). Contemporary vellum, early hand-lettered title to spine. Light rubbing to extremities with minor wear to spine ends and corners, a few minor stains to boards. Woodcut head-pieces, tail-piece and decorated initials. Light toning to text, minor stains to a few laves, later owner annotation and library label to front pastedown, interior otherwise clean. A nice copy of a rare title. $1,950. * Second and final edition. Rosicrucianism, a philosophical secret society with strong ties to Christian inquiry, originated in medieval Germany. By the eighteenth century Rosicrucians organized into formal groups. Several Rosicrucian lodges had strong ties to Freemasonry. First published in 1742, Pongratz's manual is a compilation of its laws and regulations. The front matter contains several statements in support of Rosicrucianism from secular and Catholic officials, including Pope Urban VIII. The tail-piece is a Jesuit cipher, which indicates Jesuit support. OCLC locates 2 copies, both in Slovakia. Not in the British Museum Catalogue.
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