al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb القانون في الطبّ Avicenna ابن سينا

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The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+212+i. It was created in 10 Muḥarram 664. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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Treatises (فنون) Fourteen to Twenty-two of Book Three (كتاب الثالث) of the Canon of Medicine (القانون في الطبّ) by Abū ‘Alī al-Ḥusayn ibn ‘Abd Allāh (أبو علي الحسين بن عبد الله), known as Ibn Sīnā (ابن سينا, latinised as Avicenna, 980-1037). Treatise Eighteen (الفن الثامن عشر) has been erroneously numbered as seventeen, which means that all subsequent treatises are likewise misnumbered.

Folio 211, which comes after the colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. , appears to contain text from the same book, but has been bound out of order.

The copy was completed on 10 Muḥarram 664/22 October 1265 by Muḥammad ibn Yūnis ibn Yūsuf al-Ṭirāzī (محمد بن يونس بن يوسف الطرازي), who created the copy for his own use (see colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. , f. 210v, lines 10-12, transcribed below).


  • Treatise Fourteen (الفن الرابع عشر, ff 1r-41r);
  • Treatise Fifteen (الفن الخامس عشر, ff 41r-56r);
  • Treatise Sixteen (الفن السادس عشر, ff 56v-103v);
  • Treatise Seventeen (الفن السابع عشر, ff 103v-110r);
  • Treatise Seventeen [Eighteen] (الفن السابع عشر, ff 110r-124r);
  • Treatise Eighteen [Nineteen] (الفن الثامن عشر, ff 124r-141v);
  • Treatise Nineteen [Twenty] (الفن التاسع عشر, ff 141v-159r);
  • Treatise Twenty [Twenty-one] (الفن العشرون, ff 159r-194v);
  • Treatise Twenty-one [Twenty-two] (الفن الحادي والعشرون, ff 194v-210v).

Begins (f. 1r, lines 1-5):

الفن الرابع عشر

في الكبد وأحوالها وعلاجاتها أربع مقالات

المقالة الأولى

من هذا الفن في كليات أحوال الكبد

تشريح الكبد

Ends (f. 210v, lines 3-6):

في انتفاخ الأظفار والحكة فيها

يعالج بماء البحر غسلًا دائمًا فزول أو بطبيخ العدس والكرسنة أو بطبيخ الخنثى ومن أضهدته

البلبوس والزفت والتير المطبوخ مجموعة وفرادي

ولواهب العقل الحمد بلا نهاية

Colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. (f. 210v, lines 7-17):

تم الكتاب الثالث من كتب القانون

ويتلوه الكتاب الرابع منه في الأمراض

التي إذا وقعت لم تختص بعضو

في العاشر من محرم سنة أربع

وستين وستمائة على يدي صاحبه

محمد بن يونس بن يوسف الطرازي وهو

يحمد الله تعالى على نعامئه ويشكر له

ويستوفقه الانتها والاستقصاء في

في العلوم كما وفقه الإنهاض


أنه خير مأمول وأكرم مسؤل وصلى

الله على نبي الرحمة محمد وآله الطيبين

Extent and format
Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+212+i
Physical characteristics

Material: Eastern laid paper

Dimensions: 233 x 158 mm leaf [170 x 120 mm written]

Foliation: British Museum foliation in pencil; quire Collection of papers folded in half and stitched together to form a gathering of folios. signatures (senions) are visible on ff. 64r, 127r, 136r,166r,178v, 188r, and 201r; midquire marks (in the form of the numeral nine) are visible on ff. 4v-5r, 16v-17r, 28v-29r, 42v-43r, 68v-69r, 80v-81r, 89v-90r, 106v-107r, 120v-121r, 130v-131r, 139v-140r, 148v-149r, 160v-161r, 172v-173r, 183v-184r, 194v-195r, and 206v-207r

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 21 lines per page; vertical spacing 12 lines per 10 cm

Script: Naskh ; the scribe is Muḥammad ibn Yūnis ibn Yūsuf al-Ṭirāzī (محمد بن يونس بن يوسف الطرازي, see f. 210v, line 12)

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

Decoration: None

Binding: British Museum half-leather binding

Condition: Tidemarks at head and tail; all folios guarded; damaged margins repaired on ff. 209-211; other minor instances of damage towards lower edge corners repaired without loss of text

Marginalia: Numerous, by many hands

Seals: F. 212r

Written in
Arabic in Arabic script

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British Library: Oriental Manuscripts
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Archive reference
Or 6537

History of this record

10 Muḥarram 664 (AH, Hijri qamari)

al-Sayyid Kāẓim ibn al-Sayyid Aḥsīn ibn al-Sayyid Sulaymān al-Ḥakīm (السيد كاظم بن السيد أحسين بن السيد سليمان الحكيم): his inscription and seal, without date (f. 212r)

Immediate source of acquisition

Purchased from Messrs Hannan, Watson & Co., 16 June 1903

Related material

Finding aids
  • Ellis, A.G. and Edward Edwards, A Descriptive List of the Arabic Manuscripts Acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum since 1894 (London: British Museum, 1912), p. 43
  • Hamarneh, Sami, Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts on Medicine and Pharmacy at the British Library (Cairo: Les Editions Universitaires d’Egypte, 1975), Item 112, pp. 104
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  • Ibn Sīnā, Abū ʻAlī al-Ḥusayn ibn ʻAlī, al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb, ed. by Idwār al-Qashsh, 2nd edition, 4 vols (Bayrūt: Muʾassasat ʻIzz al-Dīn, 1993)

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