El Paso: 1933. 100,pp. Original printed wrappers. Some spotting and soiling to wraps; minor wear to extremities. Contents browning, but sturdy. Still very good. Item #1745
From the early 18th century, Catholics were prohibited from joining Masonic orders, but the popularity of freemasonry in the United States seems to have generated considerable interest among Spanish speakers. At least as early as 1818, publishers in the U.S. issued Spanish-language books explaining, supporting, and critiquing freemasonry. The translation of this extended article, apparently adapted from an encyclopedia, is credited to "el Obispo de Sonora," probably Juan Navarrete, who occupied that post from 1919 to 1968. The work provides an extensive description of masonry, its organization, and activities, with the goal of dispelling any masonic "propaganda" that attempted to portray their groups simply as social and benevolent societies. The final section details the history of Catholic prohibitions against masonry. We locate only one copy in American institutions, at the University of Texas.