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JOHN DEE'S OCCULTISM: Magical Exaltation Through Powerful Signs (Albany, 2004)

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JOHN DEE'S OCCULTISM: Magical Exaltation Through Powerful Signs (Albany, 2004)

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JOHN DEE'S OCCULTISM: Magical Exaltation Through Powerful Signs (Albany, 2004)

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Szonyi, Gyorgy E. John Dee’s Occultism: Magical Exaltation Through Powerful Signs. [Albany]: State University of New York Press, [2004]. 

First Printing. hardcover. Tall octavo. Glossy pictorial boards, issued without dust jacket. 362 pages. Black and white illustrations. Extensive notes and an excellent Dee Bibliography at end of volume. A near fine copy. 

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The author presents an analysis of Renaissance occultism and its place in the chronology of European cultural history. Utilizing examples of “magical thinking” from classical, medieval, and Renaissance philosophers, the author revisits the body of Dee’s own scientific and spiritual writings as reflective sources of traditional mysticism. Exploring the intellectual foundations of magic, Szonyi focusses on the idea of ‘exaltatio’, the glorification or deification of man. He argues that it was the desire for exaltatio that framed and tied together the otherwise varied thoughts and activities of John Dee as well.