John Dee (Western Esoteric Masters Series)

Overview

Although revered in his own time, John Dee (1527-1608) was until recently regarded as an isolated crank on the margins of Tudor history. This anthology of Dee's writings illustrates his diverse interests and his central position in the history of Renaissance thought and the development of Western Magic. Dee's celebrated Preface to Euclid is included along with selections from his Spiritual Diaries and letters to other mystics and royals. In addition to Hermetic and Cabalistic philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, ...
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Overview

Although revered in his own time, John Dee (1527-1608) was until recently regarded as an isolated crank on the margins of Tudor history. This anthology of Dee's writings illustrates his diverse interests and his central position in the history of Renaissance thought and the development of Western Magic. Dee's celebrated Preface to Euclid is included along with selections from his Spiritual Diaries and letters to other mystics and royals. In addition to Hermetic and Cabalistic philosophy, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, and navigation are also covered.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556434723
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 8/12/2003
  • Series: Western Esoteric Masters Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 157
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1951, Gerald Suster was educated at Highgate School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. From 1979 onward he worked as a professional author, with a particular interest in magic. His works include a series of occult novels and biographies of Aleister Crowley and Israel Regardie. He died in 2000.
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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface 5
Chronology 7
Introduction 9
1 A Supplication to Queen Mary 15
2 Propaedeumata Aphoristica 20
3 To Sir William Cecil 24
4 From the Monas Hieroglyphica 30
5 The Preface to Euclid 37
6 General and Rare Memorials Pertaining to the Perfect Art of Navigation 47
7 Diaries 1577-83 61
8 Spiritual Diaries 1583-7 67
9 The Private Diary 1587 95
10 Letter to Queen Elizabeth 97
11 Personal Diaries 1589-95 99
12 The Compendious Rehearsal 104
13 Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury 112
14 Personal Diaries 1600-1 122
15 Letter to King James I 125
16 A Later Spiritual Diary 127
17 Some Opinions of Dee 130
App. A A Note on Enochian Magic 137
App. B Enochian Magic: An Item for Comparison 143
App. C What Is Qabalah? 147
Notes 148
Select Bibliography 155
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