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The Private Diary of Dr. John Dee And the Catalog of His Library of Manuscripts   By: (1527-1608)

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[Transcriber's Note:

As explained in Footnote n, John Dee's Diary includes occasional words and phrases written in Greek script, but in the English language. Since a direct transliteration would spoil the effect, these passages are shown in the simple "Rotate 13" code. Details are given at the end of the text, before the Errata. A few words of true Greek have been transliterated and shown between marks. Latin words written in Greek script are treated the same way.

Letters written in superscript are shown in {braces} or as ordinals: A{o} ( Anno ), 5ª ( quinta ). For consistency, the abbreviation f^o in manuscript descriptions is shown as fº to match 4º and 8º.

Footnotes to the Diary have small letters: [a], [b]. Footnotes to the Catalogue are numbered: [1], [2]. Except for footnote references, all text in brackets is in the original, as are parenthetical question marks.]

The PRIVATE DIARY

of DR. JOHN DEE,

and The Catalogue of His Library of Manuscripts,

from the Original Manuscripts

in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, and Trinity College Library, Cambridge.

Edited By JAMES ORCHARD HALLIWELL, Esq. F.R.S., Hon. M.R.I.A., &C. &C. &C.

[Illustration: Camden Society Logo]

London: Printed for the Camden Society, by John Bowyer Nichols and Son, Parliament Street.

M.DCCC.XLII.

(No. XIX.)

COUNCIL of THE CAMDEN SOCIETY, For The Year 1841 2.

President , The Right Hon. LORD FRANCIS EGERTON, M.P.

THOMAS AMYOT, Esq. F.R.S. Treas. S.A. Director. The Right Hon. LORD BRAYBROOKE, F.S.A. JOHN BRUCE, Esq. F.S.A. Treasurer. JOHN PAYNE COLLIER, Esq. F.S.A. C. PURTON COOPER, Esq. Q.C., D.C.L., F.R.S., F.S.A. T. CROFTON CROKER, Esq. F.S.A., M.R.I.A. Sir HENRY ELLIS, K.H., F.R.S., Sec. S.A. JAMES ORCHARD HALLIWELL, Esq. F.R.S., F.S.A. The Rev. JOSEPH HUNTER, F.S.A. Sir FREDERICK MADDEN, K.H., F.R.S., F.S.A. JOHN GAGE ROKEWODE, Esq. F.R.S., Dir. S.A. THOMAS STAPLETON, Esq. F.S.A. WILLIAM J. THOMS, Esq. F.S.A. Secretary. ALBERT WAY, Esq. M.A., F.S.A. THOMAS WRIGHT, Esq. M.A., F.S.A.

PREFACE.

The present volume contains two curious documents concerning Dr. Dee, the eminent philosopher of Mortlake, now for the first time published from the original manuscripts. I. His Private Diary, written in a very small illegible hand on the margins of old Almanacs, discovered a few years ago by Mr. W. H. Black, in the library of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford. II. A Catalogue of his Library of Manuscripts, made by himself before his house was plundered by the populace, and now preserved in the library of Trinity College, Cambridge.

The publication of this Diary will tend perhaps to set Dee's character in its true light, more than any thing that has yet been printed. We have, indeed, his "Compendious Rehearsall," which is in some respects more comprehensive, but this was written for an especial purpose, for the perusal of royal commissioners, and he has of course carefully avoided every allusion which could be construed in an unfavourable light. In the other, however, he tells us his dreams, talks of mysterious noises in his chamber, evil spirits, and alludes to various secrets of occult philosophy in the spirit of a true believer. Mr. D'Israeli has given a correct and able view of his character in his "Amenities of Literature," which is remarkably confirmed in almost every point by the narrative now published. "The imagination of Dee," observes that elegant writer, "often predominated over his science; while both were mingling in his intellectual habits, each seemed to him to confirm the other... Continue reading book >>




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