Welcome to the John Dee Publication Project's web-site. The major purpose of this site is to distribute primary-source materials relevant to the "Enochian" work of John Dee and Edward Kelly, particularly reconstructions of Dee's Spirit Diaries, from the original manuscripts.
Most of the materials here are presented in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, as it is the best means I have discovered to present this work in a uniform manner which is accessible to users of most computer platforms.
The Adobe Acrobat Reader also allows one to view the graphics in much higher resolution than would be possible with GIF or JPEG images, and to print them out on laser printers with quality approaching PostScript files.
The latest version of the Acrobat Reader can be downloaded free from Adobe's web-site.
The following documents are electronic reconstructions of the first three books of John Dee's Quinti Libri Mysteriorum, the original of which is Sloane MS. 3188 in the British Library. They are all three in Acrobat PDF format.
These works attempt to follow the layout of Dee's original diaries. I have expanded Latin abbreviations, and have regularized "i" "j" and "u" "v" to make the reading experience less jarring. Other than that, it follows Dee's spelling exactly.
Some lacunae in the original have been filled in from Elias Ashmole's fair copy of the MS., Sloane MS. 3677. Blank pages in these works are blank in the original manuscript.
Thanks to the kindness of Raymond Drewry, we are now able to offer "Mysteriorum Liber Primus" with translations of the Latin text into English, as well as a separate "Notes" document examining Dee and Kelly's sources, etc.
The current offerings of "Mysteriorum Liber Secundus" and "Mysteriorum Liber Tertius" include neither translations of the Latin, nor any notes. We look forward to adding these in the near future, as well as a continuation of the remaining three books in Sloane MS. 3188.
- Mysteriorum Liber Primus (with Latin translations)
- Notes to Liber Primus
- Mysteriorum Liber Secundus
- Mysteriorum Liber Tertius
"The Seal of God; TRUTH"
This is a recreation of the Sigillum DEI, according to the instructions of the Angels given in "Mysteriorum Liber Secundus". It was executed using Adobe Illustrator.
This image can be seen in higher resolution in the PDF file of "Mysteriorum Liber Secundus" available above, or you can load it as an Acrobat file here:
Or if you prefer, you can view it as a massive GIF image:
This site, in case you haven't already noticed, is under construction. Expect a great deal of new material in the very near future.
The materials on this site are Copyright (c)1999 Clay Holden and the John Dee Publication Project unless otherwise noted.