JOHN DEE AND THE MAGIC TABLES IN THE BOOK OF SOYGA
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Until recently the Book of Soyga was known only by repute, through mention in the diaries of John Dee (1527-1608). Dee’s association with the Book of Soyga is conveniently summarised by Christopher Whitby:2 On 18 April 1583 Dee was unable to find his Book of Soyga: it had been mislaid. On 29 April 1583 Dee remembered a detail about the missing book: “E[dward] K[elley] and I wer talking of my boke Soyga, or Aldaraia and I at length sayd that, (as far as I did remember) Zadzaczadlin, was Adam by the Alphabet therof.” On 19 November 1595 Dee recovered his Book of Soyga. Many years later Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) reported that “the Duke of Lauderdale hath a folio MS. which was Dr. Dee’s with the words on the first page: Aldaraia sive Soyga vocor”.
KeywordsCode Word Original Table British Library Blank Cell Latin Alphabet
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