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Four medical works Najīb al-Dīn al-Samarqandī, Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī نجيب الدين السمرقندي، محمد بن علي [‎123v] (255/396)

The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+192+i. It was created in Ramaḍān 703. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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Four treatises on pharmacy and dietetics by Najīb al-Dīn Abū Ḥāmid Muḥammad ibn ‘Alī ibn ‘Umar al-Samarqandī (نجيب الدين أبو حامد محمد بن علي بن عمر السمرقندي, d. 1222).

Contents:

  • (1) Uṣūl al-tarākīb (أصول التراكيب, ff. 2r-36r);
  • (2) Kitāb aghdhiyat al-marḍ á (كتاب أغذية المرضى, ff. 36v-55v);
  • (3) Kitāb al-aghdhiyah wa-al-ashribah (كتاب الأغذية والأشربة, ff. 56r-123r);
  • (4) al-Qarābādhīn ʿalá tartīb al-ʿilal (القراباذين على ترتيب العلل, ff. 124r-192r).

The manuscript was transcribed at Tabrīz during the last ten days of Ramaḍān 703/late-April or early-May 1304 by ‘Umar ibn Muḥammad ibn Sallām ibn ‘Abd Allāh al-Irbīlī (عمر بن محمد بن سلام بن عبد الله الإربيلي), who produced the copy for his own use (ff. 123r, lines 18-20 and 192r, lines 6-10). Ellis and Edwards ( A Descriptive List of the Arabic Manuscripts Acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum since 1894 [1912], p. 46) take this colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. information to have been copied from the exemplar and date the manuscript to the 15th century. Hamarneh ( Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts on Medicine and Pharmacy at the British Library [1975], Item 178, p. 157) gives a transciption date of 15 Jumādá I 874/20 November 1469, but gives no indication of where this information is found in the manuscript.

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Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+192+i
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Material: Eastern laid paper

Dimensions: 215 x 115 mm leaf [158 x 78 mm text frame]

Foliation: Eastern Arabic foliation in black ink, quire Collection of papers folded in half and stitched together to form a gathering of folios. marks in red and black (quinions), British Museum foliation in pencil

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 20 lines per page; vertical spacing 13 lines per 10 cm

Script: Naskh ; the scribe is ‘Umar ibn Muḥammad ibn Sallām ibn ‘Abd Allāh al-Irbīlī (عمر بن محمد بن سلام بن عبد الله الإربيلي, ff. 123r, lines 18-20 and 192r, lines 6-10)

Ink: Black ink, with rubricated headings and overlinings in red

Decoration: Text frames in red on all original folios, titles of each text in kufic script

Binding: British Museum binding with marbled paper on boards

Condition: Corners and edge margins of some folios mutilated and repaired especially towards beginning and end of volume, some folios replaced (ff. 7, 36-44 and 111-114)

Marginalia: Very few

Seals: ff. 1r, 2r, 2v, 36v, 56v and 124v

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Four medical works Najīb al-Dīn al-Samarqandī, Muḥammad ibn ʻAlī نجيب الدين السمرقندي، محمد بن علي [‎123v] (255/396), British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, Or 5619, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100069651121.0x000037> [accessed 10 December 2019]

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