Edition of 1980 by the Spanish University Foundation of the Arabic manuscript 893 of the Library of the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, Book of the utilities of animals.
Prologue, complete translation of the Arabic text into Spanish and notes by Carmen Ruiz Bravo-Villasante.
Hardcover bound book with color illustrated dust jacket. Format 18 x 25 cm. 220 pages.
This manuscript is one of the best preserved Arabic codices that exist in Spain. His interest lies above all in the great artistic quality of his miniatures, a very rich exponent of the peculiar Arab-Islamic aesthetic prevailing in the Near East between the 12th-14th centuries, which is highlighted by specialists in all the histories of Arabic art.
The presentation and translation of this manuscript, hitherto unpublished, highlights the originality of the content, which summarizes a very old medical and folk tradition of use of animal organs, and adds the description of these same animals, which are represented in the miniatures. The codex dates from the 14th century, and is due to an Iraqi compiler, Ibn al-Durayhim the one from Mosul, who collects the work of important previous doctors.
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Note: of this Arabic manuscript there is a deluxe facsimile edition made in 1990 which you can also find right here.
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