Got sidetracked from Book of the Beginnings again (currently a little over halfway through vol. I, and vol. II is longer), but in the process turned up something that enabled me to do an upgrade on the two texts uploaded way back relating to the Antient and Primitive Rite, a 19th-century fringe-Masonic order which was one of the currents feeding into Theodor Reuss' Ordo Templi Orientis.
Specifically, turns out someone stuck a hastily prepared PDF of page images of Yarker's Manual of the Degrees of the Antient and Primitive Rite, as published in the Collectanea of the Grand College of Rites of the USA in 2005-7, on the web a few years back. Not going to link to it for fairly obvious reasons, and disentangling the public domain material from in-copyright editorial & transcription / typesetting work owned by GCR won't be entirely straightfoward, but the information in it enabled me to do a bunch of updates to the piece on the A & P Rite from How's Freemason's Manual and well as the collection of A. & P. lectures translated by Yarker. The former has also been expanded by the inclusion of some material from a thinly-disguised promotional piece for the Rite at the end of Yarker's 1872 Notes on the Scientific and Religious Mysteries of Antiquity which gave a slightly different version of the Degree scheme to that found in How and the Manual.
In the volume of Lectures I have removed the section explaining the basis on which I assigned the "charges and lectures" in the first part to Degrees, since the full text of all the lectures can be found embedded in the ritual scripts in the Manual (there were some slight omissions in two of the discourses as printed in Masonic Charges and Lectures, which have not as yet been restored). One of the degree attributions in the previous release turned out to have been in error; this has been fixed.
Many years ago, on having certain A. & P. degrees
irregularly* conferred on me by name, I was told the rituals of those degrees "are now open for you to study." Only took me over a decade to find the damn things, although to be fair for much of that time I wasn't looking very hard.
* Actually, not sure I want to get into this argument; but generally, Masonic appendant bodies & "high grade" systems require that the candidate be a Master Mason in good standing under some recognised Grand Lodge, which I'm not & never have been.