Scholar, Courtier, Magician: the Lost Library of John Dee at the Royal College of Physicians


John Dee performing an experiment Before Elizabeth I, by Henry Gillard Glindoni, 1852-1913 © Wellcome Library, Wellcome Collection Pinterest


Peer into the curious mind of the enigmatic Tudor figure with Scholar, Courtier, Magician: the Lost Library of John Dee exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians.

From mathematics, astronomy and navigation, to magic, angels and astrology, John Dee was drawn to a wide range of subjects and was one of the most learned man of the 16th century. The remarkable English scholar and courtier was a prolific book collector and doodler; he owned one of the biggest book collections in the country, many of which were annotated by his own hand.

In the biggest exhibition of John Dee’s library since his death, more than 100 books from the Royal College of Physicians’ collection go on display alongside some of Dee’s personal possessions on loan from some of London’s major museums, including his crystal ball and magical mirrors.

Dee’s annotations, illustrations and objects reveal his thoughts, interests and fascinations and give us a glimpse into this mysterious and inspirational character.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.


Venue Details & Map

Royal College of Physicians

11 St Andrew's Place
Regent's Park
+44 (0)20 7935 1174
Public transport:
Tube: Regent's Park, Great Portland Street and Warren Street Train: Euston, King's Cross/St Pancras andMarylebone main lines stations

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