New York:: Dorset Press, (1989)., 1989. 8vo. x, 2], 243 pp. Frontis. portrait, 16 plates, index. Cloth-backed boards, dust-jacket. Near fine. ISBN: 0880294450 "John Dee was Renaissance England's first Hermetic magus, a philosopher-magician. He was also a respected practical scientist, an immensely learned man who investigated all areas of knowledge. In this fine biography, Peter French shows that not only magic and science, but geography, antiquarianism, theology and the fine arts were fields in which Dee was deeply involved." / "Through his teaching, writing and friendships with many of the most important figures of the age, Dee was at the centre of great affairs and had a profound influence on major developments in sixteenth-century England. Peter French places this extraordinary individual within his proper historical context, describing the whole world of Renaissance science, Platonism and Hermetic magic." Reviews: 'A remarkable book.' – Hugh Trevor-Roper, Sunday Times; 'This scholarly book, based on impressive original research...' – Frances Yates, New York Review of Books. CONTENTS: Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1 John Dee's Reputation -- 2 The Development of an English Magus -- 3 Elizabethan England's Greatest Library -- 4 John Dee and the Hermetic Philosophy -- 5 Magic, Science and Religion -- 6 John Dee and the Sidney Circle -- 7 John Dee and the Mechanicians: Applied Science in Elizabethan England -- 8 John Dee as an Antiquarian -- Conclusion – Bibliography.
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