The Hieroglyphic Monad.

London: John M. Watkins, 1947. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. Octavo. 76pp. Original blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. B&w frontisportrait, 3 plates, diagrams. This is the first separate English language edition. Cited as one of Dee's most important studies of "magical mathematics," he supposedly wrote the work in 13 days in January 1564. It was published that same year, in Latin, as the Monas Hieroglyphica, although the title of the second (German) edition - when translated - probably gives more of a sense of its contents "The Monad, Hieroglyphically, Mathematically, Magically, Cabbalistically and Anagogically Explained." The editor, J. W. Hamilton-Jones, was a well-known Freemason, Theosophist, and member of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (S.R.I.A.), who published a number of important translations of alchemical and hermetic texts. Hamilton-Jones was part of that small group, including Sylvia M. Ivens, and Leonard Frank Pembroke, who carried forth the serious study of alchemy from the 1930s onwards, taking up the work of W. A. Ayton and Percy Bullock (two members of the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn known for their great interest in alchemy), and the enigmatic Julius Kohn (1850 - 1925?) to whose books and manuscripts they had access. Very lightly bruised at lower spine, edges a bit darkened, endpapers unevenly browned. Overall a tight unmarked near Fine copy in VG+ dust jacket. (Spine slightly faded and a bit rubbed at ends with a couple of tiny chips, now reinforced from the rear with archival tissue paper, lightly rubbed and creased at upper edge, price-clipped). Item #62359