Sussex Saleroom: 25th, 26th, Thursday 27th February 2020
Ibn Sina: Al-Qanun fi'l- Tibb ( Avicenna's Canon of Medicine ), parts of Book III, Near East, circa 12th-14th century, with later additions: Arabic manuscript on paper, approx. 60 folios, brown/black ink on paper, early commentary in margins in Arabic in brown ink, later commentary in Armenian in blue ink, dampstaining of paper throughout; the opening page is a later replacement/addition bearing a fabricated colophon naming scribe as the famous Abbasid physician Ibn Tilmidh, giving a false place of copying as the Adudi Hospital in Baghdad and a false date of copying of AH 513/1120 CE, 24.7cm. by 15.7cm., modern leather and marbled paper binding.
Note: Book III of Avicenna's famous Canon of Medicine concerns diseases that affect different organs of the body. The present fragment includes sections 4 and 5, on urology/diseases of the bladder and ailments of the womb.