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John Dee's Diary, Catalogue of Manuscripts and Selected Letters

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 15th & 16th Centuries

  • Date Published: April 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108050562

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  • John Dee (1527–1608), popularly remembered as an alchemist and spiritualist, was an enthusiastic scholar specialising in mathematics and astronomy, and collected manuscripts, early printed books and scientific instruments. Despite meeting Elizabeth I in person, he never progressed in the Church, and died in poverty. The four selections from his writings reissued here show Dee painstakingly listing his books before a journey to Europe, and appealing to the Queen for help when, after a catastrophic burglary at his library and the destruction of his laboratory equipment, his pay also failed to arrive. J. O. Halliwell (1842) reproduces the full text of Dee's diaries with an index; James Crossley (1851) transcribes Dee's appeals to the Queen; Bailey's book (1880), of which only 20 copies were printed, contains a full commentary on the last five years of the diaries; and M. R. James (1920) researches the fate of Dee's books over the centuries.

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    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108050562
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Private Diary of Dr John Dee, Edited by James Orchard Halliwell: Preface
    Dr Dee's diary
    Catalogus librorum bibliothecae externae Mortlacensis D. Joh. Dee, Anno 1583, 6 Sept.
    Part II. Autobiographical Tracts of Dr John Dee, Edited by James Crossley: Preface
    The compendious rehearsall of John Dee
    Supplication to Queen Mary
    Articles for the recovery and preservation of the ancient monuments
    A necessary advertizement
    A letter containing a most brief discourse apologetical
    Part III. Diary, for the Years 1595–1601, of Dr John Dee, Edited by John Eglington Bailey: Memoir of Dr Dee, 1527–94
    The diary for 1595
    The diary for 1596
    The diary for 1597
    The diary for 1598 (Jan.–March)
    The diary for 1600 (June–Dec.)
    The diary for 1601 (Jan.–April)
    Letters by Dr Dee
    Additional notes
    Part IV. Lists of Manuscripts Formerly Owned by Dr John Dee, with Preface and Identifications by M. R. James: Preface
    List A (Corpus Christi College, Oxford, MS 191)
    List B (Brit. Mus. Add. 35213)
    List C (Catalogus librorum, Trinity College, Cambridge, O. 4. 20)
    Other manuscripts which certainly or probably belonged to Dee
    List of manuscripts noticed
    Additional note.

  • Author

    John Dee


    James Orchard Halliwell

    James Crossley

    John Eglington Bailey

    M. R. James

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