The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark O.4.20
Manuscript Title

John Dee, Library Catalogue

Alternative Title

Catalogue of Dr Dee's Library.

James Number 1251
Century 16th
Physical Description

Clearly written.


Part of the Gale collection, given to T.C.C. by Roger Gale in 1738. Marked A. 60. In the autograph of Dr John Dee.

Donor Gale, Roger (1672-1744), Antiquary
Size (cm) 32 x 21.5 (written space ca. 29.5 x 18)
Folio cir. 100 ff. [184 pages] (James); 3 + 1 + 183
Material Paper
Language Latin
Manuscript Summary A catalogue of John Dee's book at the Mortlake library, drawn up in 1583.
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Catalogus librorum Bibliothecae (Externae) Mortlacensis D. Joh. Dee, ao. 1583, 6 o Sept.
The divisions are
Libri in 8 vo compacti.
Libri in 16 vo compacti.
Historici libri ad navigationem pertinentes compacti.
Varii adhuc in fo compacti.
Chimici libri etc. compacti.
Paracelsici libri compacti.
... latine compacti.
Hebraici Chaldaici et Syriaci libri etc. compacti.
Grammaticalia nonnulla etc. compacta.
Libri Anglici compacti.
Libri non compacti.
Libri Italici non compacti.
Libri Germanica lingua non compacti.
Paracelsici libri
Libri Manuscripti.
The number of volumes on each page is written at the bottom. The total is 1215.
The catalogue of the manuscripts was printed by J. O. Halliwell for the Camden Society in 1842, with the Diary of Dr Dee (pp.65-87).
There are a good many marginal notes by Dee throughout, showing to some extent what losses he sustained through the riots in his house at Mortlake.
Each volume has opposite to it, added later by Dee, the letter T, or Fr.
MS. Harley, 1879, is another autograph copy; and in MS. Add. 35213 is another catalogue, perhaps of earlier date, also written by Dee.
[Adv. a.1.13, Adv. d. 1.23, Adv. d.1.26 contain John Dee's ownership inscription.]


Halliwell, J, O., The private diary of Dr. John Dee, and the catalogue of his library of manuscripts: from original manuscripts in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, and Trinity College Library, Cambridge, Camden 1st series 19 (London, 1942)

Roberts, J., and A. G. Watson, ed., John Dee's Library Catalogue (London, 1990) DM4a

Roberts, Julian and Watson, Andrew G., John Dee's Library Catalogue, Additions and Corrections (November 2009) 

Timmermann, A., 'Alchemy in Cambridge: An Annotated Catalogue of Alchemical Texts and Illustrations in Cambridge Repositories', Nuncius, 30 (2015), p. 400.

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