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.