Damaged specimen. See text.
Study book published in 1990 of the facsimile edition of the Book of the utilities of animals, Arabic codex of 1354, whose author was Ibn al-Durayhim al-Mawsili, and whose original is preserved in the great collection of Arabic codices of the Royal Library from El Escorial. Facsimile marketed by the extinct AyN.
Study book bound in hard cover, format 19 x 27 cm. 328 pages with the translation of the Arabic text into Spanish and a short introduction by Carmen Ruiz Bravo, page by page, and includes a small black and white illustration of the original page.
This copy is in perfect condition except for 8 pages (143 to 150) that show a loss of paper in the lower corner. The lost text is part of the translation of folios 72, 73, 74 and 75 of the original manuscript in an approximate quantity of a quarter of 7 to 10 lines of text (see photos). It was a misprint that left the book unsold. It represents a minimum of the total of the book, so we offer it for sale at a symbolic price.
Felipe II has the glory of recognizing the scientific value of Arab culture, by collecting all kinds of codices from the Muslim world in El Escorial. As Arias Montano advised him with these arguments: “Everything that was known and studied in Europe three hundred years ago up to seven hundred flowed from Arabic books… For every good event it is good that His Majesty’s treasury of books has a copy of those of this language, although it is not now understood or used among scholars.
In the year 1354 (755 H) Ibn. al-Durayhim al-Mawsili finishes his precious work entitled Kitab manafi al-hayawan (Book of the utilities of animals), a fact that he leaves noted in the colophon of it, in which he cannot help but refer to “their arts wonderful and rare, and his engravings, perfect and amazing”, which he himself made. Only one copy of his work is known, and it is the one that is kept in the Royal Library of El Escorial.
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