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    Sale 13206

    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 161

    IBN AL-NAFIS, 'ALA AL-DIN 'ALI BIN ABI AL-KHURRAM AL-QARSHI AL-MUTATABBIB (D. 1288 AD): A MEDICAL ENCYCLOPAEDIA

    SIGNED MUHAMMAD 'ALI BIN MUHAMMAD HUSAYN AL-TALIQANI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1[1]29/1717-18 AD

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    IBN AL-NAFIS, 'ALA AL-DIN 'ALI BIN ABI AL-KHURRAM AL-QARSHI AL-MUTATABBIB (D. 1288 AD): A MEDICAL ENCYCLOPAEDIA
    SIGNED MUHAMMAD 'ALI BIN MUHAMMAD HUSAYN AL-TALIQANI, SAFAVID IRAN, DATED AH 1[1]29/1717-18 AD
    A medical encyclopaedia, probably al-Mu'jaz fi al-tibb, in four chapters, Arabic manuscript on paper, 350ff. plus three fly-leaves, each folio with 23ll. of black nasta'liq script, titles in red, sentences overlined in red, with catchwords, marginal markers in red thuluth script, with occasional marginal notes, colophon signed and dated, first folio with date of AH 1196, in stamped brown morocco binding
    Folio 11 ½ x 7 3/8in. (29.1 x 18.5cm.)


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    The Syrian physician Ibn al-Nafis, better known in the Arabic literature by his nisbah al-Qurashi, was an authority on religious law, logic, and theology, as well as a prolific writer of medical tracts. Originally from Damascus, he spent much of his life in Cairo, where he became "Chief of Physicians". See Emily Savage-Smith, Ibn al-Nafis (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/arabic/bioI.html). His most important work, the Commentary on Anatomy in Avicenna’s Canon included his ground-breaking views on the pulmonary circulation and heart. He also worked on an enormous textbook, The Comprehensive Book of Medicine. This was never completed but was the largest medical encyclopedia to be attempted at the time and is still consulted by scholars (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18845773).

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