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VMs: In the London Science Museum
I recently visited the Wellcome Collection on the upper floors of the London
Science Museum. This is not the same as the new Wellcome Galleries: it has
been there for years, but I had never seen it before. It is an extraordinary
assortment of curiosities illustrating medical history, rather how one
imagines Emperor Rudolph's museum. Two things particularly caught my eye.
One was a letter from Nicholas Culpepper explaining how he acquired John
Dee's scrying glass from Arthur Dee. According to Arthur it was John Dee
himself who used to read things in it (no mention of Kelley - but I imagine
Arthur had reason to write him out of the story). The other was one of the
planetary volvelles of Leonhart Thurneisser - a complicated astrological
model with rotating moving parts made entirely of paper with pictures and
symbols printed on it. It looks very like a children's pop-up book.
Recommended to Voynichologists visiting London.
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