[A RARE EVIDENCE OF MASONIC ACTIVITY IN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA] Sobraniye masonskikh predmetov Rossiyskogo istoricheskogo muzeya : I : S 14 ris [i.e. A Collection of Masonic Objects of the Russian Historical Museum: I : 14 ill.]. V. Vikentyev.
[A RARE EVIDENCE OF MASONIC ACTIVITY IN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA] Sobraniye masonskikh predmetov Rossiyskogo istoricheskogo muzeya : I : S 14 ris [i.e. A Collection of Masonic Objects of the Russian Historical Museum: I : 14 ill.]
[A RARE EVIDENCE OF MASONIC ACTIVITY IN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA] Sobraniye masonskikh predmetov Rossiyskogo istoricheskogo muzeya : I : S 14 ris [i.e. A Collection of Masonic Objects of the Russian Historical Museum: I : 14 ill.]
[A RARE EVIDENCE OF MASONIC ACTIVITY IN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA] Sobraniye masonskikh predmetov Rossiyskogo istoricheskogo muzeya : I : S 14 ris [i.e. A Collection of Masonic Objects of the Russian Historical Museum: I : 14 ill.]

[A RARE EVIDENCE OF MASONIC ACTIVITY IN PRE-REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA] Sobraniye masonskikh predmetov Rossiyskogo istoricheskogo muzeya : I : S 14 ris [i.e. A Collection of Masonic Objects of the Russian Historical Museum: I : 14 ill.]

Moscow: Sinod. tip. 1918. Item #1001

34, [1] pp.: ill. 22,2x28,9 cm. In owner’s contemporary binding with original front wrapper preserved. Fine.

Extremely scarce. First and only edition. With 14 black-and-white photographs in text.

An interesting insight into the collection of masonic objects stored in the Russian Historical Museum. The history of Russian Freemasonry goes back to the 18th century, when the first Masonic lodges began to appear on the territory of the Empire. In the 1790s, Masonic activity was banned by Catherine II, who saw the threat in the increasing popularity of the brotherhoods. After a brief revival during the reign of Paul I, Freemasonry was again outlawed by Alexander II in 1822. The interdict lasted more than 80 years until after the First Russian Revolution, when the number of secret societies drastically increased. At the beginning of 1918, the Bolsheviks launched a massive anti-Masonic campaign, banning the movement and persecuting those engaged with it.

An excerpt from the Report of the Russian Historical Museum for the year 1915, this edition was printed a couple of months before Freemasonry was once again forced to go underground. The publication opens with a brief historical overview of the collection, from its inception in 1892 until the latest contributions in 1916, and serves as a rare evidence of the Russian Masonic activity during the periods of both suppression and relative freedom. In the introductory essay, the author, Vladimir Vikentyev (1882-1960), identifies all major figures who either sold or donated items to the museum. The main text features a detailed description of over 80 ritual and other Masonic objects from the 222-item collection of the depository. The objects are organized in accordance with 20 thematic sections, such as coffins, rods, aprons, signs of both Russian and foreign masonic lodges, daggers, carpets, slings, memento mori, swords, hammers, knives, rings, stamps, chairs, snuff boxes, etc. Each section offers information on the use of the objects and their detailed descriptions, identifying physical features of the item, number of copies stored in the museum, size, contributor, and inventory number. The edition is supplemented with 14 photographs of the objects.

The publication was compiled by the Russian Egyptologist Vladimyr Vikentyev. He graduated from the Moscow University and worked in the Russian Historical Museum. In 1922, he left for Egypt, where he taught Egyptian philology and ancient history.

Although the Masonic collection of the museum managed to survive the Communists, a part of its items was transferred to the State Museum of the History of Religion in the 1950s. The collections were never exhibited until after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Worldcat shows 2 copies of this edition in University of Kansas and University of Basel Library.

Status: On Hold
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