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★ Dee, John [1527-1608]. A true & faithful relation of what passed for many yeers between Dr. John Dee (a mathematician of great fame in Q. Eliz. and King James their reignes) and some spirits: tending (had it succeeded) to a general alteration of most states and kingdomes in the world. His private conferences with Rodolphe Emperor of Germany, Stephen K. of Poland, and divers other princes about it. The particulars of his cause, as it was agitated in the Emperors court; by the Popes intervention: his banishment, and restoration in part. As also the letters of sundry great men and princes (some whereof were present at some of these conferences and apparitions of spirits:) to the said D. Dee. Out of the original copy, written with Dr. Dees own hand: kept in the library of Sir Tho. Cotton, Kt. Baronet. With a preface confirming the reality (as to the point of spirits) of this relation: and shewing the several good uses that a sober Christian may make of all. By Meric. Casaubon, D.D. London, printed by D. Maxwell, for T. Garthwait, and sold at the little north door of S. Pauls, and by other stationers. 1659.

In folio (32 cm), [ ]2 A-E4 F-I2 K46 (Table ed errata) B-Z4 [aa]-[hh]4 [ii]6 Aa-Mm4 ✳Aaa-✳Bbb4 Ccc-Fff4, cc. [40], cc. [3 fuori testo con incisioni in metallo, 1 delle quali ripiegata], pp. 104, 109-256, 353-448, 45 [1], cc. [1 bianca]. Ritratti in metallo dopo la carta del titolo, bianca al verso; la carta ha il titolo di The order of the inspirati ed ha la firma di Fran: Cleyn [Franz Cleyn] invent. I ritratti sono di Mahomet, Appoloni Tyaneus, Edward Kelly, Roger Bacon, Paracelsus e John Dee. La pagina del titolo, bianca al verso, è stampata in rosso e nero. Gli “spiriti” con cui dialoga John Dee sono il Re di Polonia Stefan Batory [1533-1586] e Rodolfo, Imperatore di Roma [1552-1612]. Le prime [29] carte contengono il titolo, i ritratti e la Preface di Meric Casaubon, al termine della quale si trova il Post[s]cript. Capilettera, testatine e finalini xilografici. Alcune incisioni geometriche nel testo. Note a stampa al margine.

Cenni biografici sulla vita di John Dee sub Monas Hyeroglyphica (scheda n. 2100).

Non si tratta tecnicamente di un testo di astrologia, che ho però registrato per l’immanente presenza di John Dee, considerato astrologo, ma in realtà più mago.

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Bibliografia: Caillet I 2878.