3920 – Alpha Omega Membership Initiation Record Book

Physical description:
A large hardcover document case.
Museum classification:
Ritual Magic
Size:
34 cm x 23.5 cm
Information:

A membership document case with a brown-red hard cover, containing sheets of paper (some of which detached from the book) with typed and handwritten writing and tables, describing the names of members of the order, both male and female, and examinations they underwent. The book features the following names, each with their own motto, followed by their initiation date.

George Edwin Bance, "Fide et Amore", initiated 20/09/1919. - the author of most of the tracing board diagrams which can be found under the tag Alpha Omega.There is a newspaper clipping from the British Newspaper Archive from Saturday 25 September 1875 that may refer to this particular George Edwin Bance (source):

 

Miss Mabel G. [illegible] Beresford, "Veritas et Lux [illegible] (Truth and Light come to me in the future)", initiated 07/12/1917.

[illegible] Cecile Burch [or Birch], "Lamen Meum Deus Est", initiated 21/09/1913. 

Miss Elizabeth Jane Bone, [no motto], [no initiation date].

Miss Esme Mabel Boyd, "Vivida Vis Amini", initiated 21/02/1920.

Mrs Isabel Boyd, "In Mediis res", initiated 21/02/1920. The following newspaper clipping most likely refers to this person (source).

 

Miss Nellie [illegible] Burns, "[illegible, possibly luod?] mili oc atteni", initiated 19/05/1918.

Mrs Dorothy May Cox, "Adjutabo [or adjutavo]", initiated 23/09/1914.

Dr John Frederick Halls Dally, "Hodie Non Cras", initiated 10/01/1917. A Wikipedia page for this exact name reads "John Frederick Halls Dally (died 1944) was a British physician and president of the History of Medicine Society of the Royal Society of Medicine from 1941 to 1942 and in 1944."  Additionally, the National Portrait Gallery has an entry for John Frederick Halls Dally with the following photograph.

[caption id="attachment_341389" align="aligncenter" width="419"] John Frederick Halls Dally by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons bromide print, circa 1916[/caption]

 

This source (click here) describes his marriage. Another source confirms this is the person featured in the membership book, note the place of residence:

 

David John Davis, "Vis ut cognoseam", initiated 17/12/1911.

Miss Catherine Good, "In Deo Vinco", initiated 12/12/1915.

Isabel Catherine Good, "[illegible] est.", initiated 02/12/1904.

Margaret Emerson Good, "Dises [or dices] ut servien", initiated 02/12/1904.

Edwin Halstead, "nosce [illegible]", initiated 10/06/1909. The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) has one source on Mr Halstead.

 

 

Florence Imison, "In Limine", initiated 18/09/1910.  The British Newspaper Archive has one source on Florence Imison.

 

 

Nathaniel John Speake Marsh, "Veritatem Sequor", initiated 18/04/1909. 

William Migge, "In Potestatem", initiated 20/11/1910. The BNA has one source on William Migge - Jarrow Express - Friday 28 April 1911. 

 

William Perkes Swainson, "Omnia vincit Amor", initiated 06/04/1902. Author of the book titled 'Jacob Boehme: The Teutonic Philosopher' (published 1921).

Mrs E. Smart Watson, "Deo Gratiae", initiated 24/07/1904. The only mention of her in the BNA is regarding a dog show prize.

 

W. S. Watson, "Dei Gratia", [no initiation date].

Edith Sarah White, "Gradatim Vincimus", initiated 25/06/1910.

Herbert W. Wiffin, "Felix qui potuit cognoscere causas", initiated 20/06/1903.

George Mitchell Wilford, "[illegible, possibly junis] coronas opus", initiated 01/02/1919.

Edward Archibald Rathmell Wilson, "Sine Metu", initiated 20/04/1913. One source describes Wilson: "Edward Archibald Rathmell Wilson (1875–1955) was an actor and author. His novel When Woman Loveswas adapted for the film Love (1916); his other works include Stage Sketches (1909), All Sorts: A Literary ‘Revue’ (1924) and The Wandering Gentile’s Log Book, 1929–31 (1931). In his autobiographical reminiscences Pre-War: A Journey to My Youth (1937) ..."

Mrs Jane Branscombe Wood, "Alere Flamman", initiated 09/02/1913.

 

 

The grade inscriptions pertain to the structure and grading of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (also known as Alpha et Omega, or the A.O.).

The structure of the Golden Dawn:

First Order
Introduction—Neophyte 0=0
Zelator 1=10
Theoricus 2=9
Practicus 3=8
Philosophus 4=7
Intermediate—Portal Grade

Second Order
Adeptus Minor 5=6
Adeptus Major 6=5
Adeptus Exemptus 7=4

Third Order
Magister Templi 8=3
Magus 9=2
Ipsissimus 10=1

Store Box 83

Alpha-Omega Collection

These items came from a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  She inherited them from Dorothy May Cox, who was probably a member of Alpha Omega, and perhaps a relative of Donald W. Cox, who was initiated into AO around 1920.

Resource:
Document
Materials:
paper and ink
Copyright ownership:
MWM

A membership document case with a brown-red hard cover, containing sheets of paper (some of which detached from the book) with typed and handwritten writing and tables, describing the names of members of the order, both male and female, and examinations they underwent. The book features the following names, each with their own motto, followed by their initiation date.

George Edwin Bance, "Fide et Amore", initiated 20/09/1919. - the author of most of the tracing board diagrams which can be found under the tag Alpha Omega.There is a newspaper clipping from the British Newspaper Archive from Saturday 25 September 1875 that may refer to this particular George Edwin Bance (source):

 

Miss Mabel G. [illegible] Beresford, "Veritas et Lux [illegible] (Truth and Light come to me in the future)", initiated 07/12/1917.

[illegible] Cecile Burch [or Birch], "Lamen Meum Deus Est", initiated 21/09/1913. 

Miss Elizabeth Jane Bone, [no motto], [no initiation date].

Miss Esme Mabel Boyd, "Vivida Vis Amini", initiated 21/02/1920.

Mrs Isabel Boyd, "In Mediis res", initiated 21/02/1920. The following newspaper clipping most likely refers to this person (source).

 

Miss Nellie [illegible] Burns, "[illegible, possibly luod?] mili oc atteni", initiated 19/05/1918.

Mrs Dorothy May Cox, "Adjutabo [or adjutavo]", initiated 23/09/1914.

Dr John Frederick Halls Dally, "Hodie Non Cras", initiated 10/01/1917. A Wikipedia page for this exact name reads "John Frederick Halls Dally (died 1944) was a British physician and president of the History of Medicine Society of the Royal Society of Medicine from 1941 to 1942 and in 1944."  Additionally, the National Portrait Gallery has an entry for John Frederick Halls Dally with the following photograph.

[caption id="attachment_341389" align="aligncenter" width="419"] John Frederick Halls Dally by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons bromide print, circa 1916[/caption]

 

This source (click here) describes his marriage. Another source confirms this is the person featured in the membership book, note the place of residence:

 

David John Davis, "Vis ut cognoseam", initiated 17/12/1911.

Miss Catherine Good, "In Deo Vinco", initiated 12/12/1915.

Isabel Catherine Good, "[illegible] est.", initiated 02/12/1904.

Margaret Emerson Good, "Dises [or dices] ut servien", initiated 02/12/1904.

Edwin Halstead, "nosce [illegible]", initiated 10/06/1909. The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) has one source on Mr Halstead.

 

 

Florence Imison, "In Limine", initiated 18/09/1910.  The British Newspaper Archive has one source on Florence Imison.

 

 

Nathaniel John Speake Marsh, "Veritatem Sequor", initiated 18/04/1909. 

William Migge, "In Potestatem", initiated 20/11/1910. The BNA has one source on William Migge - Jarrow Express - Friday 28 April 1911. 

 

William Perkes Swainson, "Omnia vincit Amor", initiated 06/04/1902. Author of the book titled 'Jacob Boehme: The Teutonic Philosopher' (published 1921).

Mrs E. Smart Watson, "Deo Gratiae", initiated 24/07/1904. The only mention of her in the BNA is regarding a dog show prize.

 

W. S. Watson, "Dei Gratia", [no initiation date].

Edith Sarah White, "Gradatim Vincimus", initiated 25/06/1910.

Herbert W. Wiffin, "Felix qui potuit cognoscere causas", initiated 20/06/1903.

George Mitchell Wilford, "[illegible, possibly junis] coronas opus", initiated 01/02/1919.

Edward Archibald Rathmell Wilson, "Sine Metu", initiated 20/04/1913. One source describes Wilson: "Edward Archibald Rathmell Wilson (1875–1955) was an actor and author. His novel When Woman Loveswas adapted for the film Love (1916); his other works include Stage Sketches (1909), All Sorts: A Literary ‘Revue’ (1924) and The Wandering Gentile’s Log Book, 1929–31 (1931). In his autobiographical reminiscences Pre-War: A Journey to My Youth (1937) ..."

Mrs Jane Branscombe Wood, "Alere Flamman", initiated 09/02/1913.

 

 

The grade inscriptions pertain to the structure and grading of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (also known as Alpha et Omega, or the A.O.).

The structure of the Golden Dawn:

First Order
Introduction—Neophyte 0=0
Zelator 1=10
Theoricus 2=9
Practicus 3=8
Philosophus 4=7
Intermediate—Portal Grade

Second Order
Adeptus Minor 5=6
Adeptus Major 6=5
Adeptus Exemptus 7=4

Third Order
Magister Templi 8=3
Magus 9=2
Ipsissimus 10=1

Store Box 83

Alpha-Omega Collection

These items came from a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  She inherited them from Dorothy May Cox, who was probably a member of Alpha Omega, and perhaps a relative of Donald W. Cox, who was initiated into AO around 1920.