Intellectual History and the Identity of John Dee In April 1995, at Birkbeck College, University of London, an interdisciplinary colloquium was held so that scholars from diverse fields and areas of expertise could 1 exchange views on the life and work of John Dee. Working in a variety of fields - intellectual history, history of navigation, history of medicine, history of science, history of mathematics, bibliography and manuscript studies - we had all been drawn to Dee by particular aspects of his work, and participating in the colloquium was to c- front other narratives about Dee's career: an experience which was both bewildering and instructive. Perhaps more than any other intellectual figure of the English Renaissance Dee has been fragmented and dispersed across numerous disciplines, and the various attempts to re-integrate his multiplied image by reference to a particular world-view or philosophical outlook have failed to bring him into focus. This volume records the diversity of scholarly approaches to John Dee which have emerged since the synthetic accounts of I. R. F. Calder, Frances Yates and Peter French. If these approaches have not succeeded in resolving the problematic multiplicity of Dee's activities, they will at least deepen our understanding of specific and local areas of his intellectual life, and render them more historiographically legible.
Abbreviations. 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 Léon-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. György Szönyi: 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 Bäcklund: 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.
From the reviews:
"John Dee has proved an endlessly fascinating subject for students of early modern thought almost from the moment of his death. This collection ... is a welcome contribution to a burgeoning field. ... the collection is marvellously meticulous, engaging and learned. No student of the Dee, sixteenth-century mathematics or early modern magic can afford to ignore it." (Adam Mosley, British Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 41 (1), 2008)