Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 40 (T.1.8)
Associated Websites: MS Hunter 40: Book of the month
Date of Creation: Not assigned
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Yahya'bn 'Isa, Ibn Jazlah, Al Baghdadi, Takwimu'l Abdan Fi Tadbiri'l Insan.
Karshuni; Arabic text in Syriac characters.
Ibn Jazlah's (Bengesla) Dispositio Corporum de constitutione hominis - tables in which diseases are arranged like the stars in astronomical tables.
Remarks: The four principal figures in the first pictured page have their names written alongside and overhead thus [in Syriac characters]: Aristotle, Galen, Plato, Haikar, Hakim, and at the top of the page, 'These are the wise who know God: He is the wise the healer'.
On the opposite page, in both Syriac and Arabic, at the top: Origanis; at the foot: Hermes Augustus.
On the recto of the second (original) folio are charms.
For another copy of this MS., see Brit. Mus. Suppl. Cat. 792 ii.
[Formerly S.1.3; S.1.3].
MS Hunter Or. 40 (1532), Ibn Jazla, Tacuinum aegritudinum (in Arabic). f. 3v. Medical Celebrities: portrait sketches of Aristotle, Galen, Plato, al-Hakim
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper (stout), 15 x 10 5/8, ff. 54, written in red margined compartments, vertically, diagonally, and horizontally, two pictured pages, illuminated headpieces, and vertical marginal headings, the writing extends within the margins (11 3/4 x 8 5/8).
Binding: Millboards, covered spattered calf, gilt-tooled edges, sides and panelled back, title (impress only): TACUIMOL | ABDAM | BEN GASLAE | ARABICE
Access: Temporarily unavailable for consultation: at exhibition until February 2019.
Language: Arabic
Material Type: Document
Archival History: Provenance: Possibly sold as Lot 3542 in the sale of Joseph Letherland's library, 1765 (where it is described as "Tacouim Alabdan fi tedbir Alensan, Auctore Jahia Ben Ifla Ben Giazlah Alkatob"). Not noted as having been purchased by William Hunter in the annotated British Library copy of the Letherland sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 6 (2).
Bibliography: Jack Baldwin, William Hunter, 1718-1783, book collector: catalogue of an exhibition (Glasgow, 1983), no. 65; Europa und der Orient, 800-1900, hrsg. Gereon Sievernich und Hendrik Budde (Berlin, 1989), p. 673 and plate 143; L. MacKinney, Medical illustrations in medieval manuscripts (London, 1965), p. 128; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 456.
Exhibitions: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'William Hunter, Book Collector', Glasgow University Library, Apr.-Sep. 1983; 'Europa und der Orient, 800-1900', Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 28 May-27 Aug. 1989.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Yahya ibn Isa Ibn Jazlah al-Baghdadi
exhibition: Europa und der Orient, 800-1900
Eine Ausstellung des 4. Festivals der Weltkulturen Horizonte '89, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Stresemannstrasse 110, Berlin, 28 May-27 August 1989.
exhibition: William Hunter, Book Collector 1983
Exhibition, Glasgow University Library, 14 april-30 September 1983.
provenance: Joseph Letherland 1699-1764
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