Ibn Hayyan was born and educated in Tus, Iran, and then travelled to Kufa in Iraq. His mentor was purported to be the Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq who taught him everything about alchemy, but this is disputed by some scholars (as is the attribution of nearly three thousand treatises and articles to him). He paved the way for later alchemists including al-Kindi and al-Razi. He was known in the West as 'Geber' and his treatises on alchemy strongly influenced the medieval European alchemists. He was the author of the 'sulphur – mercury theory' of metals, according to which six metals differ by different proportions of sulphur and mercury in the contents. Ibn Hayyan was a prolific author, and several commentaries on astronomy as well as alchemy are recorded under his name, including Kitab al-Sab’in
('the Book of Seventy') which includes seventy treatises on alchemy.
This volumes contains two treatises on alchemy, the second one, starting on f.22b is incomplete but its title is recoded in Brockelmann (SI p.428), while the first one is not recorded. For other treatises on alchemy by Ibn Hayyan or attributed to him see Lyons 1966 p.33 and Rosenfeld & Ihsanoglu 2003 p.15, no.9.