Jahrhundert von Bruder (Joseph) Baurnjöpel im O(rient) in Wien

Jahrhundert von Bruder (Joseph) Baurnjöpel im O(rient) in Wien – Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) –

Wien (Austria) — 18th century

From the admission as an apprentice to the attainment of the dignity of a master’s rank: origin, belief, symbols and rituals of the Freemasons and a historically valuable insight into the global order

  1. Joseph Baurnjöpels (1739–1795) 4-part reports on the Freemasons

  2. In addition to the emergence of the order, its creation and nature, he also discusses the rituals and symbols of Freemasonry

  3. The admission of the apprentice, his lessons, and his clothing are also described

Jahrhundert von Bruder (Joseph) Baurnjöpel im O(rient) in Wien

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Jahrhundert von Bruder (Joseph) Baurnjöpel im O(rient) in Wien

Joseph Baurnjöpel (1738–95) was an imperial and royal official from Vienna who was appointed to the Bohemian Court Chancellery in Prague. However, he is suitable as the author of this work for other reasons: He was himself a member of the lodge "Zur Beständigkeit" founded in 1779 and the building lodge "Zur neugekrönten Hoffnung" founded in 1785. In addition, he published a collection of Masonic songs and possibly had close contacts with W. A. Mozart (1756–91). He is thus predestined to provide a fascinating insight into the situation of the Freemasons in the last third of the 18th century and to reveal many a secret of this men's association. First, Baurnjöpel describes how the League of Freemasons came into being, what the harmony of creation consists of, and how nature is to be regarded. Then, in four sections, the rituals and symbols of Freemasonry are recorded and explained – from the initiation of an apprentice to the attainment of the dignity of master.

Jahrhundert von Bruder (Joseph) Baurnjöpel im O(rient) in Wien

This is a splendidly illustrated source on the history of Freemasonry in Austria during the 18th century, when the secret order was at its zenith. Joseph Baurnjöpel (1739-95) wrote the introduction of the work explaining the origins of the order, the “Harmony of Creation”, and “The Doctrine of Nature”. Four sections follow explaining the rituals and symbols of Freemasonry, along with the admittance of apprentices, their promotion to “journeyman” status, and finally the ritual for obtaining the dignity of a master’s rank. The ceremonial dress and other teachings are also detailed. The contents are illustrated by 24 full-page miniatures and numerous other decorative elements.

The Mysterious History of Freemasonry

This fraternal organization, perhaps the most famous in the world, has its roots in the medieval lodges and guilds of actual stonemasons who had trade secrets and knowledge to protect. The earliest masonic manuscripts trace the craft of masonry back through Euclid to the figure of Jabal from the Book of Genesis. A mason was educated beginning in childhood, left home by the age of ten for further study, and spent his early twenties as a journeyman before completing a masterwork in order to be a qualified mason, but still had years to go before becoming a Master Mason. As such, masons were among the most educated members of society, and were paid accordingly.
During the Enlightenment, these institutions were modernized and reorganized according to humanist principles resulting in new constitutions with even more elaborate histories that incorporated inter alia the Crusaders, specifically the Hospitallers and Templars who supposedly uncovered ancient secrets of masonry while in the Holy Land. Freemasonry reached its peak during the 18th century and was popular with liberal reformers from the British Isles and Continental Europe, to the New World, where the first President of the United States, George Washington, was a Freemason initiated in 1752. The first German Freemasons were initiated in England during the early-18th century, the first German lodge was founded in 1737, and by 1754 there were 19 lodges across Germany. Some of the most famous Germans of the 18th century were also masons including Goethe, Mozart, and Frederick the Great.


Size / Format
338 pages / 21.0 × 17.3 cm
18th century
Numerous illustrations including 24 full-page miniatures
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Jahrhundert von Bruder (Joseph) Baurnjöpel im O(rient) in Wien – Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) –
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1986
Limited Edition: 480 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Jahrhundert von Bruder (Joseph) Baurnjöpel im O(rient) in Wien

Limited Edition: 480 copies
Binding: Leather, presented in a slipcase with the commentary volume
Commentary: 1 volume by Julius Fischer
Language: German
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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