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Avicenna [Abu 'Ali al-Husayn ibn 'Abdallah Ibn Sina]

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Liber Canonis totius medicine ... a Gerardo Cremone[n]si ab arabica lingua in latina[m] reductus. Lyon: Jacques Myt, 1522

8vo (8 1/2 x 6 1/8 in.; 215 x 155 mm). Title printed in red within an elaborate woodcut architectural frame with portraits of Hippocrates, Galen and Avicenna as medieval doctors, several 4- and 5-line decorative woodcut initials, a few incipits printed in red; upper margin of title shaved touching a flame in a woodcut torch, marginal soiling in first few leaves, some marginal spotting and light browning. Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin, decorated in a panel design with roll-stamped portraits in the frame and arabesque stamps in the central panel, brass clasps and catches, roseate stamps on spine, ms. title label on top and bottom compartment of spine, vellum place tabs attached to fore-margins; soiled and stained, band of one clasp tearing, labels worn.

Provenance

Tombor Laszlo (small library stamp in lower margin of title)

Literature

Gultlingen, Lyon 2: 81, p. 135

Catalogue Note

"The epitome of all precedent development, the final codification of all Graeco-Arabic medicine (Neuburger, cited in Heirs of Hippocrates, p. 23). Ibn Sina (ca. 980-1037) was an accomplished physician working for several rulers in Central Asia and Persia. He wrote widely in metaphysics, science and medicine. His Qanun was widely used in medieval universities as an advanced textbook, in the Latin translation of Gerard of Cremona, here with commentary by the Lyon physician Symphorien Champier (1471-1538).
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