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John Dee: Interdisciplinary Studies in English Renaissance Thought (New)

by Clucas, Stephen (ed)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Binding: Hardcover

Book ID: 9781402042454, 1402042450


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The career of the sixteenth-century English mathematician and natural philosopher John Dee (1527-1609) has played a significant role in recent historiographical debates about the relationship between magic and science in the early modern period. This collection of interdisciplinary essays, which addresses a wide range of Dee's diverse intellectual activities (including mathematics, astronomy, navigation, astrology, alchemy, cabala and "angel magic") seeks to enlarge the scope of this debate, as well as presenting new archival and bibliographical discoveries relating to Dee and his collaborators and colleagues. The essays in the volume present new views on the nature of Dee's various projects, as well as the uses to which he put the books and manuscripts in his library at Mortlake (one of the largest private collections in Elizabethan England).

Table of Contents

List of Plates.
Notes on Contributors.
Introduction: Intellectual History and the Identity of John Dee.
Nicholas H. Clulee: John Dee's Natural Philosophy Revisited.

Astronomy and Astrology.

Robert Goulding: Wings (or Stairs) to the Heavens: The Parallactic Treaties of John Dee and Thomas Digges.
Stephen Johnston: Like Father, Like Son? John Dee, Thomas Digges and the Identity of the Mathematician.
Richard Dunn: John Dee and Astrology in Elizabethan England.

Dee and Maritime Affairs.

Robert C.H. Baldwin: John Dee's Interest in the Application of Nautical Science, Mathematics and Law to English Naval Affairs.
William H. Sherman: John Dee's Columbian Encounter.

Dee and The Occult Sciences.

  • Karen De Leon-Jones: John Dee and the Kabbalah.
  • Federico Cavallaro: The Alchemical Significance of John Dee's Monas Hieroglyphica.
  • Jim Reeds: John Dee and the Magic Tables in the Book of Soyga.

Dee's Conversations with Angels.

  • Gyorgy Szonyi: Paracelsus, Scrying and the Lingua Adamica: Contexts For John Dee's Angel Magic.
  • Stephen Clucas: John Dee's Angelic Conversations and the Ars notoria: Renaissance Magic and Mediaeval Theurgy.
  • Deborah E. Harkness: The Nexus of Angelology, Eschatology and Natural Philosophy in John Dee's Angel Conversations and Library.

Dee and Kelley.

  • Susan Bassnett: Absent Presences: Edward Kelley's Family in the Writings of John Dee.
  • Jan Backlund: In the Footsteps of Edward Kelley: Some Manuscripts References at the Royal Library in Copenhagen Concerning an Alchemical Circle around John Dee and Edward Kelley.

Library Catalogue and Bibliography.

  • Julian Roberts: Additions and Corrections to 'John Dee's Library Catalogue'.
  • Stephen Clucas: Recent works on John Dee (1988-2005): a Select Bibliography.

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