This is a completely revamped and reader-friendly edition of A True & Faithful Relation of what passed for many Years between Dr. John Dee… and some Spirits, transcribed and prefaced by Meric Casaubon in 1659. Now edited by Stephen Skinner, with a detailed introduction, appendices, extensive footnotes, supplementary texts, additional illustrations, and a Dee timeline.
This book contains John Dee’s Spiritual Diaries for 25 years (1583-1608), now made available for the first time in an organized and readable form. For any scholar or practitioner of magic, easy access to Dee’s Enochian system is one of the most important parts of the Western Esoteric tradition. This book covers Dee’s invocation of the angels, the reception of their Enochian system of magic, his experiments in alchemy, and experiences in the courts of the crowned heads of Europe.
This book has been totally re-set, re-formatted and updated, incorporating corrections from the original notes of Meric Casaubon, Elias Ashmole and William Shippen, with reference to the original manuscript written by Dee. Sections which were originally missing from Casaubon’s edition have been added. Angels, spirits, people, places, dates and times have been fully footnoted, and thousands of Casaubon’s errors corrected. The reader will find this a much more accessible entrance to the world of Dr Dee’s conferences with angels and spirits, and a welcome improvement.
Stephen Skinner was responsible for initially stimulating the renewed interest in John Dee and Enochian magic by first re-publishing Meric Casaubon’s True and Faithful Relation… in 1973.