New York: Cornish, Lamport & Co., (1851). Eight engraved illustrations. 320 pp. 8vo. 5-3/4" x 8-1/16." Black leather covered boards stamped in gold. All edges gold. Patterned endpapers. Many engraved illustrations. Cover has some rubbing. Joints and hinges solid. Heavy foxing. Item #457
"In introducing this work to the notice of the noble and ancient Order of Masons, we do so, impressed that, although the harvest is ripe, the laborers are comparatively few. We have been subjected to the storms of life, as well as the sunshine; and with that experience, (for no experience is so valuable as that which affords a personal evidence - which evidence we can indubitably assert we are in possession of,) we feel that we cannot do less than address the Masonic Fraternity on a subject they well understand. We trust they will do us the credit to believe, that in the publication of this Annual, we are not led to the adoption of this, our first attempt in this way, from motives or selfishness or pecuniary reward. We can candidly say, such is not our feeling. Our highest anticipation is, that a work may be presented that will teach the principles we espouse, and also be beneficial, not only to the members of the Order, but, should it fall within the notice of those who are not at present associated with us, that they may, by the precepts here taught, become wiser and better. The Order itself has one main object, "Universal Good;" and in its dispensations, its view is to establish that great moral trhth, "Love thy neighbor as thyself."