In pictures: John Dee, the 'Elizabethan 007'

A major new exhibition focusing on Elizabethan scholar, courtier and magician John Dee, a man who has been dubbed ‘the original 007’, opens at the Royal College of Physicians, London, this January

Arnaldus de Villanova - Opera, 1527, p335, featuring a pen drawing in the margin © RCP and Mike Fear

 

Portrait of John Dee, artist unknown, c1594 © Ashmolean Museum

 

John Dee's crystal © Science Museum London, Wellcome Images

 

Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, complete with folding diagrams, 1570

 

John Dee Performing an Experiment Before Elizabeth I by Henry Gillard Glindoni, 1852-1913, © Wellcome Library, Wellcome Collection

 

Cicero - Opera omnia, vol. 2, with ship drawing © RCP and John Chase

 

Claude Lorrain mirror in shark skin case, believed at one time to be John Dee's scrying mirror © Science Museum, Wellcome Images

 

Scholar, Courtier, Magician: the Lost Library of John Dee is on show at the Royal College of Physicians, London, from 18 January–29 July 2016 and admission is free. For more information visit the RCP website
 

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