ABU 'ALI AL-HUSAYN IBN 'ABDULLAH IBN SINA (D. AH 428/1037 AD): KITAB AL-SHIFA'
ABU 'ALI AL-HUSAYN IBN 'ABDULLAH IBN SINA (D. AH 428/1037 AD): KITAB AL-SHIFA'
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ABU 'ALI AL-HUSAYN IBN 'ABDULLAH IBN SINA (D. AH 428/1037 AD): KITAB AL-SHIFA'

SIGNED 'ABD AL-SALAM BIN MUHAMMAD BIN AHMAD KNOWN AS 'AMIN ALLAH AL-MUTATABIB AL-SADIQI AL-MURSHIDI, TIMURID IRAN, DATED FRIDAY 24 JUMADA I AH 898/13 MARCH 1493 AD

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ABU 'ALI AL-HUSAYN IBN 'ABDULLAH IBN SINA (D. AH 428/1037 AD): KITAB AL-SHIFA'
SIGNED 'ABD AL-SALAM BIN MUHAMMAD BIN AHMAD KNOWN AS 'AMIN ALLAH AL-MUTATABIB AL-SADIQI AL-MURSHIDI, TIMURID IRAN, DATED FRIDAY 24 JUMADA I AH 898/13 MARCH 1493 AD
Ibn Sina's encyclopaedic work on philosophy and science, Arabic manuscript on cream paper, 757ff., as numbered, plus two fly-leaves, each folio with 33ll. of small black naskh, important words and phrases picked out in red, text panels outlined in blue, black and gold, catchwords, occasional diagrams within the text, opening bifolio with elegant gold and polychrome illumination framing 15ll. of text, occasional marginal notes, fly-leaves with copious owners' notes and papers stuck in with further details including an old catalogue entry, first bifolio now loose, some staining and damages to margins, in cloth covered card binding
Text panel 6 5/8 x 3 ½in. (16.8 x 9cm.); folio 10 3/8 x 6in. (26.4 x 15.2cm.)
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The Kitab al-Shifa is an encyclopaedia of philosophy and science comprising three sections subdivided into fanns. The first section is on logic, in nine fanns, the second on physics, in eight fanns, and the third on metaphysics. This celebrated work also includes such subjects as geometry, astronomy, arithmetic and music. There are eight copies of this work, the earliest of which is dated AH 485/1092-93 AD (Or. 11190), in the British Library (see P. Stocks & C. F. Baker (eds.), Subject - Guide to the Arabic Manuscripts in the British Library, London, 2001, p.196, G). There are also two copies in the John Rylands Library, Manchester (A. Mingana, Catalogue of the Arabic Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1934, pp.615-619, nos.378-379). For more information see C. Brockelmann, Geschichte der Arabischen Litteratur, Leiden 1943, I. p.454, Suppl. I. p.815).


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