ABU 'ALI AL-HUSAYN IBN 'ABDULLAH IBN SINA (AVICENNA) (D. AH 428/1037 AD): AL-QANUN FI AL-TIBB
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ABU 'ALI AL-HUSAYN IBN 'ABDULLAH IBN SINA (AVICENNA) (D. AH 428/1037 AD): AL-QANUN FI AL-TIBB

SIGNED HAFIZ ZUHUR ALLAH, INDIA, DATED AH 1204/1789-90 AD

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ABU 'ALI AL-HUSAYN IBN 'ABDULLAH IBN SINA (AVICENNA) (D. AH 428/1037 AD): AL-QANUN FI AL-TIBB
SIGNED HAFIZ ZUHUR ALLAH, INDIA, DATED AH 1204/1789-90 AD
Comprising the first, second and fifth books of Avicenna's famous medical encyclopaedia, Arabic manuscript on paper, 317ff. as numbered plus three fly-leaves, each folio with 27ll. of neat black naskh, important words and phrases picked out in red, catchwords, text within blue and gold borders with blue outer rules, opening bifolio with illuminated headpiece and gold floral illuminated margins, preceded by a general index for all five books and a detailed index for the first book, one further illuminated headpiece within the text and one title without illumination, colophon at the end of the first and fifth book signed and dated AH 1204/1789-90 AD, in brown morocco with stamped medallions, maroon morocco doublures, final board loose
Text panel 8 5/8 x 4 ½in. (21.8 x 11.3cm.); folio 10 7/8 x 6 ¾in. (27.7 x 17cm.)
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According too Emilie Savage-Smith the Qanun fi al-Tibb is massive general medical compendium comprising five books. The first book (kitab), also called kulliyat, concerns general medical principles. The second book is on simple drugs and materia medica in alphabetical order. The third is on therapy, arranged in order of the site of the ailment from head to toe, in 22 funun. The fourth book is on those diseases not restricted to a single part of the body, such as fevers. The final book presents recipes for compound remedies. Our copy includes the first, second and fifth books. The Bodleian Library has thirteen copies of the work, all incomplete, as well as Judaeo-Arabic copies. Although numerous copies are preserved throughout the worlds libraries, very few are complete (Emilie Savage-Smith, A New Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, volume I, Medicine, Oxford, 2011, pp.220-242).

The colophon of the second book here states that the manuscript was copied from a manuscript in the hand of al-Imam al-Sayyid Isma‘il ibn al-Husayn al-Husayni, at the end of which is stated that it was copied from the comments (ta‘liq) of Ibn Sina himself.

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