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Monas hieroglyphica (1591)

Monas hieroglyphica (1591)

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Monas hieroglyphica (1591), title page. This work, originally published in 1564, consists of 24 theorems by Welsh astrologer John Dee (1527-1608). Written in a mystical state, it revealed esoteric secrets in astronomy, alchemy, music, mathematics, linguistics, mechanics, and optics. This title page includes Dee's glyph (centre, see C015/4316) surrounded by the four elements (fire, air, earth and water) and Latin mottoes. Above is the Latin title, author's name and location (London), and a dedication to the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II. Below is is a biblical quote from Genesis, plus publishing details. Two library stamps are at right.

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