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The shipwreck in Act I, Scene 1, in a 1797 engraving based on a painting by George Romney

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“The Perfect Arte of Navigation”

Along with being one of England’s most renowned magi, Dr John Dee also advised courtiers and explorers on mathematics and navigation. He notably helped with numerous expeditions to the New World, especially attempts to find the elusive north-west passage. Pictured is an illustration from Dee’s General and Rare Memorials Pertayning to the Perfect Arte of Navigation (1577).

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