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RENAISSANCE MAN:
The Reconstructed Libraries of European Scholars, 1450-1700
Series One: The Books and Manuscripts of John Dee, 1527-1608

Part 1: John Dee's Manuscripts from the Bodleian Library, Oxford

Renaissance Man Series One  makes available the actual volumes - printed and manuscript - that made up the library of Renaissance polymath, John Dee.
It does so without significantly duplicating volumes covered in EEBO.  It focusses on:

  • Unique manuscript texts owned by Dee - His library catalogue lists 368 of these and we should not understimate the importance of such texts to Renaissance learning.
  • Continental Literature - The majority of most major Renaissance libraries were not works printed in England or written in English.
  • Heavily annotated volumes, which tell us much about the reading practices of scholars of the period.

Part 1 is based on the holdings of the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and offers 63 manuscripts once in Dee's Library.  These include 13 manuscripts of the works of Roger Bacon; Dee's diary, 1586-1601; a copy of Thomas Norton's Ordinall of Alchemy bound in purple velvet and earlier texts of writers such as Alkyndi and Albumazar; works of Terence and Alexander; 3 texts of Euclid's Elements; sanit's lives; and other works by Albertus Magnus, Aquinas, Bede, Boethius, Hermes Trismegistus, Ptolemy, Ramon Lull, Lydgate, George Ripley, and other writers.

The project is a major research resource for all those interested in Renaissance culture, the history of the book, alchemy, astrology, astronomy, chemistry, exploration, literature, medicine, navigation, the occult, politics and science.

"The whole Renaissance is in this library." 
Frances Yates.



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