Exposé of Odd Fellowship
A rare 1846 pamphlet, Dr Willis' renunciation of Odd Fellowship
First US edition, paper covers with printed title and image, string binding. 18.5 × 11.5cm, 40pp.
Full title: Renunciation of Odd Fellowship, and an Exposé of the Signs, Tokens, Pass-Words, and Grips Belonging to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Together with the Form of Initiation, and the Five Degrees.
A very rare account from Dr E Willis, of how and why he left the Odd Fellows (a New York lodge) in 1845, claiming amongst other things that it was a self-serving and ungodly association, and how they slandered him when he left. The second part is a description of the initiation ceremony and the oaths that initiates undertake. The Odd Fellows were founded in Baltimore in 1819, and are very similar to though not attached to the Freemasons. A scarce title, I have not been able to locate any copies for sale or within UK library holdings.
The covers are in heavily worn condition, with creasing to the corners and spine, and an area of browning to the fore-edge. The rear cover is similar. The inner binding is holding though as it is string, is a little weak. The text pages are age-toned but perfectly readable, and suffer some creasing to the corners.