18 April 2016,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 8,125
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
AN 'ANCIENT' MANUAL ON MEDICINE: KITAB 'ATIQ FI AL-TIBB
ILKHANID IRAN, 14TH CENTURY
A work on medicine, Persian manuscript on paper, 78ff., each with 22 or 23ll. dark brown naskh script, headings, words and phrases in red, copious marginal notes, incomplete at end or beginning, with Iranian export stamps, added Qajar title page, marbled paper covered binding
Folio 8 ½ x 6in. (21.5 x 15.5cm.)
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This medical manual appears to be a dictionary of ailments for each of which a treatment is suggested. It starts with a discussion on fainting (ghasha) and ends with illnesses due to the inflammation of the spleen (amrad al-tahal). This copy was very much used by later scholars as attested by the copious marginal notes in multiple hands throughout the manuscript.
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The Hagop Kevorkian Collection (1188); acquired Sotheby's, 18 April 1983, lot 141 (part)