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Oversize LJS 417 - Avicenna, 980-1037 - [Books III-V of al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb]
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Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection: Oversize LJS 417 - Avicenna, 980-1037 - [Books III-V of al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb]
Author:
Avicenna, 980-1037.
Title:
[Books III-V of al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb] [manuscript].
Qānūn fī al-ṭibb. Selections
Origin:
A.H. 899-904 (1494-1498)
Physical description:
626 leaves : paper, col. ill. ; 316 x 173 (220 x 172) mm. bound to 316 x 187 mm.
Summary:
Books III (al-Amrāḍ al-juzʼīyah, diseases arranged by part of the body), IV (al-Amrāḍ al latī la takhaṣ bi-ʻuḍwīn bi-ʻaynih, diseases not specific to particular organs), and V (al-Adwiyah al-murakkabah, compound drugs, ointments, and electuaries) of Avicenna's medical encyclopedia. Extensive marginal notes on the first pages of the manuscript (f. 1v-3r), with frequent brief marginal notes in the rest of the manuscript. A somewhat later table of contents, arranged in a grid, has been added at the front of the volume (f. iii recto-xvii recto).
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Foliation: Paper, xviii (later) + 598; [i-xviii, i], 1-540, [i], 541-596, foliation added in ink, perhaps at the same time as the table of contents, upper left recto; [i-xviii, 1-598], modern foliation in pencil, upper left recto. References in this record are to modern foliation.
Layout: Written in 29 long lines.
Script: Written in naskh script, in the hand of Farīj al-Karāb Yūsuf ibn Ḥusayn ibn Fayyāḍ al-ʻArab (colophons, f. 356r, 489r, 541r, 598v) and also perhaps another hand (f. 1v-541r, 542v-598v).
Decoration: 2 illuminated headpieces, the first rubbed (f. 1v, 542v), and space left open for another headpiece (f. 357v); overlining, a few significant words and phrases, and simple ornamentation around colophons (f. 356r, 489r, 541r) in red ink in first section of manuscript (f. 1v-541r); much less overlining and more words and phrases in red in second section of manuscript (f. 542v-598v); some marginal notes in red, sometimes corresponding to overlined words or words in red in the main text; text block outlined with several narrow ink lines on the first 2 pages (f. 1v-2r); later table of contents in black and red (f. iii recto-xvii recto).
Binding: Composite morocco, with blind-stamped medallions; paper label with title Kitāb al-Qānūn in ink on upper cover.
Origin: Written in A.H. 899-904 (1494-1498, colophons, f. 356r, 489r, 541r, 598v).
Cite as:
UPenn Oversize LJS 417.
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts University of Pennsylvania Oversize LJS 417
 
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