Alexandrian Summaries of three medical treatises by Galen

Or 9202

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The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. ii+131+i. It was created in 1050-1152. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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The second volume of a set of the treatises of the Greco-Roman physician Galen of Pergamon (جالينوس ; d. ca 216) as summaries for the late-Antique medical schools of Alexandria, the so-called Alexandrian Summaries (جوامع الإسكندرانيين). These summaries were translated by Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq (حنين بن إسحق; d. 873). This copy was collated with a copy owned by Ibn al-Tilmīdh (ابن التلميذ; d. ca 1164), chief physician of the ‘Aḍudī Hospital in Baghdad and author of the Baghdad Formulary (أقراباذين مدينة السلم ; see British Library, MS Or 8293).

The copy is undated, but the fourth owner named in a list of owners' inscriptions (f. 1r) is dated 14 Ṣafar 547/21 May 1152, so one can assume the manuscript was produced within a century before that date.

The title page reads (f. 1r, lines 1-5):

الجزء الثاني من جوامع كتب جالينوس

فيه الأسطقسات . والمزاج .

والقوى الطبيعية . والتشريح .

على رأي الإسكندرانيين ترجمة

حنين بن إسحق

Contents:

  • (1) Galen (جالينوس), Alexandrian Summary of On the Elements according to Hippocrates (جوامع كتاب جالينوس في الأسطقسات على رأي أبقراط للإسكندرانيين; ff. 1v-19r);
  • (2) Galen (جالينوس), Alexandrian Summary of On Mixture (جوامع كتاب جالينوس في المزاج على رأي الإسكندرانيين; ff. 19v-51r);
  • (3) Galen (جالينوس), Alexandrian Summary of On Natural Faculties (جوامع كتاب جالينوس في القوى الطبيعية على رأي الإسكندرانيين; ff. 52r-82r);
  • (4) Galen (جالينوس), Alexandrian Summary of On Anatomy for Students (جوامع كتاب جالينوس في التشريح للمتعلمين على رأي الإسكندرانيين; ff. 82v-131v).

Folio 51v is blank.

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Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. ii+131+i
Physical characteristics

Material: Paper

Dimensions: 256 x 172 mm leaf [192 x 118 mm written]

Foliation: British Museum foliation in pencil; Arabic-Indic foliation in pencil

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 22 lines per page; vertical spacing 12 lines per 10 cm

Script: Naskh

Ink: Black iron-gall ink; occasional punctuation, marginalia and some of the text in red perhaps by a later hand

Decoration: Decorative owner's inscription in gold (f. 1r); gold ink used for punctuation on first opening (ff. 1v-2r); silk page markers are used to indicate beginnings of texts

Binding: British Museum binding

Condition: Minor waterstains, some wormholes, ff. 1-8 and 128-131 laminated with heat-set tissue; tears to the margins of f. 1 and to the upper corners of ff. 9-17 repaired

Marginalia: Marginal corrections, annotations, and collation notes by various hands

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Arabic in Arabic script
Type
Manuscript

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British Library: Oriental Manuscripts
Access conditions

Unrestricted

Archive reference
Or 9202

History of this record

Date(s)
1050-1152 (CE, Gregorian)
Immediate source of acquisition

Bought from Abdel Ghani Shehab, 14 April 1923

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Finding aids

Hamarneh, Sami, Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts on Medicine and Pharmacy at the British Library (Cairo: Les Editions Universitaires d’Egypte 1975), Item 22, p. 22

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