Ibn Sina, ‘The Canon of Medicine’

An extremely early section
c. 1060 - 1165 CE
Abbasid Baghdad
manuscript on paper, two volumes
214 x 144 mm

The present volumes are amongst the earliest surviving fragments of Ibn Sina’s great medical encyclopaedia al-Qanun fi al-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine) and are of the utmost rarity. The usefulness and popularity of the Canon meant that many copies were made in the medieval period, but surviving manuscripts from the first century and a half after Ibn Sina’s lifetime are extremely rare.

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Sam Fogg
Art of the Middle Ages