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    Islamic Manuscripts Featuring The Mohamed Makiya Collection

    18 April 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 159

    MUKHTASAR FI SINA'AT AL-TIBB

    SIGNED HASAN BIN MUHAMMAD BIN HUSAYN AL-HUSAYNI AL-AWWI AL-TABIB, IRAN, DATED 14 DHU AL-QA'DA AH 847/4 MARCH 1444 AD

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    MUKHTASAR FI SINA'AT AL-TIBB
    SIGNED HASAN BIN MUHAMMAD BIN HUSAYN AL-HUSAYNI AL-AWWI AL-TABIB, IRAN, DATED 14 DHU AL-QA'DA AH 847/4 MARCH 1444 AD
    On the composition of drugs, including Theriac, Arabic manuscript on paper, 19ff., each folio with 21ll. of black cursive script verging on nasta'liq script, titles in red, with marginal notes, catchwords, colophon giving the date of composition as 14 Dhu al-Qa'da AH 847 and indicating it was copied in a renowned madrasa, marginal note indicating that this was copied after a copy of the author, in stamped morocco binding
    Folio 7 7/8 x 5 ¼in. (20.1 x 13.3cm.)


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    The present work is an abridged treatise on the art of medicine consisting of two parts: I: on the preparation of medicaments; II: on the regulations and laws governing their production. It does not appear to be recorded, it might be part of a larger work.

    The colophon indicates that it was copied by Hasan bin Muhammad bin Husayn al-Husayni, a doctor (tabib). He was probably the author of this manual (risala) as well. The marginal note copied right of the colophon states it is a collation from another work composed by Fakhr al-Din Mu[hammad bin Muhammad] al-Khujandi. Al-Khujandi lived during the reign of Muhammad Khuda-Banda (1305-1316 AD). He composed Al-talwih ila asrar al-tanqih (Hints on the secrets of amendments in Ibn Sina's Canon. See A Z Iskandar, A Descriptive List of Arabic Manuscripts on Medicine and Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, 1984, p79.

    The scribe who copied this manuscript also signed the preceding lot.

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