John Dee, Monas Hieroglyphica: Colophon: The Watery Dew of Heaven

John Dee Monas Hieroglyphica Colophon

Commentary on Colophon: The Watery Dew of Heaven

  1. ambrose_mnemopolous Post author

    The text at the top of the colophon reads: “The watery dew of heaven and of the fruit of the earth he will give,” from Genesis 27:27. The passage is transfigured as a reference to Christ, the “dew” of heaven descending to earth.

  2. ambrose_mnemopolous Post author

    The “watery dew of heaven” appears again in the Monas Hieroglyphica on the title page, where drops of dew descend from the Sun and Moon and collect in cisterns.

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John Dee (1527 to 1608) was a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occultist, navigator, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. He was also an early popularizer of applied mathematics, and was instrumental in planning the British Empire.