Bella facsimile edition of one of the most interesting Arab codices of the Royal Library of El Escorial: The Book of profits of animals, signature ms. Arabic 898, authored by Ibn al-Durayhim al-Mawsili.
A Philip II glory be to recognize the scientific value of Arab culture, to collect all kinds of codices from the Muslim world in El Escorial. As he advised Arias Montano with these arguments: “As it was known and studied in Europe three hundred years ago to seven hundred oozed from Arabic books … For every good event is well into the treasury of books of His Majesty has copies of this language, but now it is not understood or used among scholars. “
Although in the fire of 1671 some 2,500 Arab codices were destroyed, now they preserved about 2,000. The most notable codices may indicate: the “Koran” Muley Zaydan; MS. 1623 “Hispano-Visigoth Councils”; the magnificent copy n. 898 “Utilities animals”; etc.
In the year 1354 (755 H) Ibn. al-Durayhim al-Mawsili ends his beautiful work entitled Kitab MANAFI al-hayawan (Book of profits of animals), a fact that leaves scored in the colophon of it, which can not help but refer to “their arts wonderful and rare, and his prints perfect and amazing “, which he did. Only you know of a single copy of his work, and is preserved in the Royal Library of El Escorial.
The work had drawn the attention of Casiri and Derembourg in their respective catalogs of Arab funds from the Royal Monastery of El Escorial. Casiri described it as an illustrated codex an extremely elegant way, and Derembourg said that it was a magnificent copy. Moreover, specialists in Arabic painting always regarded it as a work of great artistic value.
Facsimile edition in 1990, numbered, limited to 995 copies and notarized. Facsimile format 19 x 27 cm, 155 pages reproducing the text illustrated with figures of animals and gold lettering. Bound in full aged skin. Book study, full text translation from Arabic into Spanish by Carmen Ruiz Bravo. ISBN 9788486879273. 348 pages. Bound in leather look, format 19 x 27 cm. Presented in box-case open format 19 x 28 x 7 cm.
Like all Arab book, this codex is read unlike any book, which for us would be from the end to the beginning.
With this issue the book published in 1980 by the Spanish University Foundation, hardcover with dust jacket color, and also in perfect condition is given away. 152 pages with translation from Arabic and Latin text to conduct David Colville in the seventeenth century.
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