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al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb القانون في الطبّ Avicenna ابن سينا [‎243v] (497/564)

The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. ii+274+ii. It was created in 13th century. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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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).

An unsigned note, without date, in the upper margin of f. 1r states that the physycian Ibn al-Nafīs (ابن النفيس, d. 1288), here referred to by his full name Abū al-Hasan ‘Alā’ al-Dīn ‘Alī ibn Abī al-Ḥazm al-Qurashī (أبو الحسن علاء الدين علي بن أبي الحزم الشهير بالقرشي), claimed that this copy was produced by Avicenna himself.

Begins (f. 1v, lines 1-3):

... وبعد فقد التمس

مني بعض خلص إخواني ومن يلزمني إسعافه فيما يسمح به وسعي أن أضف في الطب كتابًا مشتملًا على قوانينه الكلية والجزؤية اشتمالًا يجمع إلى الشرح الاختصار

وإلى ايفا الأكثر حقه من البيان

Ends (f. 274r, line 9):

الثلث أوثولات سبع قراريط المواثوس أوقية ونصف المواثوسين ثلث أواق ثمنه أوثولو أربعة وغرمي قيراطان

Colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. (f. 274r, line 10):

تم كتاب القانون في علم الطب

after these words another hand writing with another ink writes

على يد مؤلفه

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Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. ii+274+ii
Physical characteristics

Material: Eastern laid paper

Dimensions: 325 x 215 mm leaf [290 x 185 mm written]

Foliation: Eastern Arabic foliation in black ink at centre of upper margin, British Museum foliation in pencil

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 48 lines per page; vertical spacing 17 lines per 10 cm

Script: Naskh

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

Decoration: Illuminated frontispiece in Mamluk style in gold, blue, red and green (f. 1r), illuminated panel below colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. in similar style and colours (f. 274r)

Binding: Ottoman red leather binding with flap, gold-tooled borders medallion and pendants, marbled paper doublure and and first flyleaves at front and end

Condition: Waterstains, wormholes, a quire Collection of papers folded in half and stitched together to form a gathering of folios. (quinion) has been lost from the original manuscript and replaced (ff. 192-201)

Marginalia: Very few

Seals: ff. 1r, 25r, 92r, 169r, 214r, and 274r

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al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb القانون في الطبّ Avicenna ابن سينا [‎243v] (497/564), British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, Or 4946, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100052704276.0x000061> [accessed 17 June 2024]

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