Al-Qanun fi al-tibb ('The Canon of Medicine'), Part 5.Near East : 727 AH / 1326 CE Stock Code: 138650
NotesKnown as Avicenna in the West, Ibn Sina can be regarded as the most influential writer in the history of medicine. His unparalleled al-Qanun fi'l tibb or 'The Canon of Medicine', completed circa 1025 AD, gathered the totality of medical knowledge at the time.
Al-Qanun fi al-tibb ('The Canon of Medicine') is the celebrated and highly influential medical encyclopaedia of Ibn Sina. Drawing on earlier works of Galen, Hippocrates, and Aristotle, it contains many original contributions in the fields of anatomy, gynaecology, and contagion, among others. Less focused on observations than other authors, Ibn Sina worked on compiling a rigourous and systematic synthesis of earlier Greco-Arabic science. The Canon was transmitted to the West in the Latin translation of Gerard of Cremona (c.1114-1187) and through no less than 87 further translations continued to be a standard text until the mid 17th century.
This manuscript comprises Part V of the Canon, the part dealing with compound medicines. On f. 1b it is given the title 'al-maqala al-'ilmiya fi'l-haja ila al-adwiyah al-murakkaba' ('the scientific treatise on the need for compound medicines'). This copy has certainly been used by other medieval physicians and/or commentators, for the margins contain notes and glosses written in red, green and black ink. Some of these simply repeat the section and chapter headings, but others are longer and more descriptive. There are two inscriptions, one on f. 1a and one on f. 108a mentioning that the text was checked by a certain Habib-Allah Jalal al-Din Muhammad in the month of Safar in the year 1023 AH (March-April 1614 CE).
Arabic manuscript on paper (241 x 168 mm), 107 folios, 20 lines to the page written in naskh script in black ink, important words in red and marginal annotations in red and green; set in a later black leather binding with red leather backstrip and edges, with flap.
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