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R14A.  (Spencer Lewis, H et al) Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (A.M.O.R.C)Initiatory  Materials’, no date, probably c.1950s, mostly instructional monographs, all 4to in stapled printed paper wraps, all of 4 to 8pp each, and comprising of the Secret Mandamus (6 issues), the three Neophyte degrees (42 issues), and the first seven temple degrees (98 issues), some with diagrams in the text, one with additional sheet of symbols laid in as issued, with: The Mastery of Life (8th edition 1950), stapled colour wraps, 32pp, with illustrations in the text. A rare and what appears complete set of the monographs from first initiation through to the end of the 7th Temple degree, including all additional monographs, (blank) progress forms and other papers loosely inserted, along with various pieces of ephemera from advertising flyers to a series of 8 ‘Famous Axioms and Anecdotes of the Ancients’ and other instructional material. Particularly fascinating are a series of 14 typed personal letters of one to three pages each on A.M.O.R.C headed note paper (folded, edges of one letter discoloured) to the anonymous initiate which form an interesting record of their progress in the Order. All the letters are hand signed, 4 by Spencer Lewis’s son and successor Imperator Ralph M. Lewis, 3 by Supreme Secretary C. Poole, 3 by Grand Secretary Harvey Miles, and 4 by Grand Master Rodman Clayson. All issues of the monographs have a vertical creases at centre where previously folded, the 2nd monograph has some damp soiling to covers and light ink blotching to pages (all still perfectly readable), small chip to edge of the front wrapper on 2nd monograph of the 3rd degree, monograph of 1st postulant degree torn at spine fold and top of upper wrapper without loss, small tear/gouge to centre of front wrapper of introductory monograph to 2nd portal, slightly affecting text with some very small loss, minor edge rubbing or slight tanning to covers of a very few others, but otherwise all issues internally clean and near very good at least. The Collection- £200