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

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

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

L0057562 John Dee's crystal, used for clairvoyance and for curing dis Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org John Dee's crystal, used for clairvoyance and for curing disease. Front three quarter view. Blue background. Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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

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

L0021973 John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I.Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Imagesimages@wellcome.ac.ukhttp://wellcomeimages.orgJohn Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I. Oil painting by Henry Gillard Glindoni.Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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

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

L0057559 Claude Lorrain mirror in shark skin case, believed at one ti Credit: Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images images@wellcome.ac.uk http://wellcomeimages.org Claude Lorrain mirror in shark skin case, believed at one time to be John Dee's scrying mirror. Front three quarter view. Case open. Graduated grey background. Published: - Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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

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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