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A listing follows of the Yale Manuscripts, held at the Medical-Historical Library, now available from the Yale-SOAS Islamic Manuscript Gallery project


• Faraḥ nāmah / Abū Bakr al-Muṭahhar ibn Abī al-Qāsim ibn Abī Saʻīd al-Jamālī maʻrūf bih Yazdī.2011

Yazdī, al-Muṭahhar ibn Muḥammad, fl. 1184. [S.l : s.n., 16--?]

Copied in 11th/17th cent., in large taʻlīq; written surface measures 14x24 cm., 14 lines per page. Illuminated with detailed multicolored illustrations of animals, birds, plants, stones and humans. Mounted unto thin yellow paper. Worming affecting text is crudely patched. European linen binding is gilt stamped. Ref.: BMP p. 465b; Fonahn, Zur Quellenkunde, # 287. Printed Lucknow 1282/1865. Acquired: June, 1951. Title in colophon: ʻAjāyib al-dunyā Binder’s spine title: Book of animals, plants and stones ʻAjāʾib al-dunyā العنوان في الخاتمة: عجايب الدنيا

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• Jawāhir al-lughah / Muhammad ibn Yūsuf al-Ṭabīb al-Harawī

Harawī, Muḥammad ibn Yūsuf, 16th cent. [S.l. : s.n.], 1601

No title page; title taken from fol. 2a. Author’s name given on fol. 1b. "Tamma taḥrīruhu ʻalá yad ... Muhammad ibn Yūsuf al-Ṭabīb al-Harawī fī yawm al-tāsiʻ min Shawwāl sanat arbaʻ wa-ʻishrīn wa-tisʻimiʾah [14 October 1518] ... Waqaʻa al-farāgh min tanmīqihi ... fī yawm al-Arbiʻāʾ al-thāmin ʻashar min shahr Dhī al-Ḥijjah al-ḥarām sanat tisʻ wa-alf [20 June 1601] ...Muḥarriruh ... Amīn al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn ʻAlī al-Ṭabīb al-Kāshānī ... "-- Colophon. Clear, medium size naskh (12 x 18.2 cm). Alphabetical arrangement, lamenata in red. Light brown and glazed laid paper. Modern leather binding. Gift of Harvey Cushing. Title on fol. 1a: Jawāhir al-lughah fī lughat al-ṭibb (written in a different hand). Caption title on fol. 1b in a different hand: Baḥr al-jawāhir lil-Imām al-Damīrī. Medical dictionary arranged alphabetically, covering anatomical and pathological terms and concepts and, medicinal substances.

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• Kitāb al-Dhakhīrah / Thābit ibn Qurrah

Thābit ibn Qurrah al-Ḥarrānī, d. 901. [S.l. : s.n., 15--?]

Bound with: Sharḥ Urjūzat Ibn Sīnā fī al-ṭibb / li-Abī al-Walīd Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad ibn Rushd. Notes: No title page. Title from fol. 1b Manuscript. Arabic. Neat medium size naskh, 15 x 25.5 cm. Written surface: 8 x 17.5 cm. Some interlinear and marginal corrections. Catchwords on bottom of page. Off-white paper is glazed. Leather binding flap is blind stamped. Contains 31 chapters, starting with hygiene and ending with sexual intercourse. Gift of Harvey Cushing. Subjects (Library of Congress): Avicenna, 980-1037. Urjūzah fī al-ṭibb. Medicine, Medieval. Medicine, Arab. Also listed under: Averroës, 1126-1198. Sharḥ Urjūzat Ibn Sīnā fī al-Tịbb. 1198 . شرح - ابن رشد، 1126 .أرجوزة ابن سينا في الطب

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• Kitāb al-Ḥāwī / [li-Abī Bakr Muḥammad ibn Zakarīyā al-Rāzī

Rāzī, Abū Bakr Muḥammad ibn Zakarīyā, 865?-925? [Iran : s.n, 1674?]

In rather small naskh. Copied by the order of Sulaymān, the Shah of Iran (1666-1694) for his chief physician Muḥammad Riẓā Ḥakīm. The written surface measures 15x28.5 cm., 39 lines per page. Few marginalia; red used in catchwords and headings. Small blue and gold ʻunwān. Paper is glazed. The leather binding is blind stamped. Bigins with: Fī al-saktah wa-al-fālij. Ends with: "Tamm al-jurū[ḥ] min Kitāb al-Ḥawī".

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• Kitāb Jālīnūs fī ʻamal al-tashrīḥ / tarjamat Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq.

Galen. [S.l. : s.n.], 939 [1532 or 1533]

Date of copying 939 H/1532 or 1533 M (but more likely 12/18 cent.) In neat, medium size naskh; 10.5x18.5 cm.; the written sufrace measures 6.5x13 cm., 17 lines per page. Paper is brittle, light brown with some glazing. "Tammat al-maqālah al-thālithah min Kitāb Jālinūs fī ʻamal al-tashrīḥ"--Colophon.

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• Kitāb Kāmil al-ṣināʻah al-ṭibbīyah : al-maʻrūf bi-al-Malakī / taʾlīf ʻAlī ibn al-ʻAbbās.

Majūsī, ʻAlī ibn al-ʻAbbās, 10th/11th cent. [S.l. : s.n., 1437?]

Date in colophon, 841 H. (1437 or 1438 M.), is questionable. It is added at the end of the text in a different hand. Copied in clear small naskh. 17 x 27 cm. The written surface measures 10.7 x 19.7 cm. Text ruled with blue and gold lines. 29 lines per page. Catchwords on bottom of page. Headings and other catchwords in red. Laid paper is light brown and glazed. The leather binding has no flap. Consists of 2 juzʾ each of which consists of 10 maqālah. Table of contents precedes the text. Gift of Harvey Cushing in 1939, who acquired it from Saʻd̄ Kurdustānī (Correspondence included in ms.).

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• Kitāb al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb / taʾlīf Abī ʻAlī al-Ḥusayn ibn ʻAbd Allāh al-Ḥasan ibn ʻAlī ibn Sīnā.

Avicenna, 980-1037. [S.l. : s.n.], 1006 [1597]

"Istaktabahu al-faqīr ilá mawlāhu ʻAbd al-Karīm al-Quṭbī [?] al-Ḥanafī ghafar [...] sanat 1006"--T.p. "Tamma al-juzʾ al-thānī min Kitāb al-Qānūn. Wa-bi-tamāmihi tammat al-kutub al-khamsah al-mushtamilah ʻalá al-Qānūn wa-dhalika fī al-ʻishr al-awsaṭ min Ṣafar min sanat sanat ithnayn wa-tisʻīn wa-sitimiʾah [25 January 1293] ... Wa-kāna al-farāgh min kitābat hādhihi al-naskhah al-mubārakah fī awāʾil shahr Rabīʻ al-Awwal sanat sitt baʻda al-alf [13 October 1597] ..."--Colophon. Two leaves of notes in Arabic and Persian at end. Copied in medium sized naskhi script, 21.5 x 31 cm. Writing surface 14.7 x 22.5 cm. Text is gilt ruled 39 lines to page. Catchwords and headings in red, blue and gold. The leather binding is gilt stamped. Gift of Harvey Cushing, July 30 1929. Purchased from Dr. Saʻīd Kurdustānī.

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• Majmūʻ ṭibbī

[S.l. : s.n., 16--?]

Untitled medical text in nestaʻlīq script. 463 folios, 26x16 cm., 9 lines per page. Written surface measures 8.5x15 cm. Main text in Arabic, some notes in Persian. The manuscript is difficult to date since the colophon is missing. Old read leather binding with some pieces replaced at some time in the past and colored to match. Author unknown. The introduction states that the treatise consists of four chapters: (1) On the basic principles of classification of medical sciences; (2) On medication and nutrition; (3) On diseases that infect certain body parts; and (4) On diseases that infect other body parts. A printed note, probably clipped from an old catalog, is mounted on the last blank page states: "A very fine and unpublished Persian [sic] manuscript on medicine in red leather binding of 17th century." It is certainly in nice condition, but we cannot vouch for "unpublished" or "17th century." "Baʻda ḥamd Allāh ʻazza wa-jall ... fa-qad rattabtu hādhā al-kitāb ʻalá arbaʻat funūn ..."

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• Taqwīm al-abdān / rattabahu Yaḥyá ibn ʻĪsá ibn ʻAlī ibn Jazlah

Ibn Jazlah, Yaḥyá ibn ʻĪsá, d. 1100. [S.l. : s.n., 15--?]

Theraputics in form of tables copied ca. 10th cent. H./16th CE in clear naskh and nastaʻlīq in medium size and large thulth in headings; measures 20.5x28 cm.; written surface 18x25; 27 lines per page; laid paper is beige and lightly glazed; some text loss on lower right side fols. 80 to end; damp stained title page pasted over. Cardboard binding; Ref. GAL I 485; 8 # 1; Ullmann, Medizin p. 160. Provenance: Cushing Arabic Ms. 11.

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• Tashrīh-i Manṣūrī / Manṣūr ibn Muḥammad ibn Ilyās

Ibn Ilyās, Manṣūr ibn Muḥammad, fl. 1384. [S.l : s.n., 16--?]

Copied in ca. IX cent. H/XV cent. CE. 25 folios in medium size naskh, illustrated with 6 full page anatomical figures, pen drawn in various colours, among them being one representing the arterial system of a pregnant woman. The written surface measures 17x13 cm; 25 lines per page. Catchwords and headings in red; Indian influence noticeable; laid paprer is brown. Ref. Ullmann, Medizin, p. 180. Provenance: Gift of John Farquhar Fulton; Cushing Persian Ms. 14. An illustrated treatise on human anatomy, usually referred to as Tashrīh-i Mansūrī (Mansūr’s Anatomy); dedicated to Sultan Ziyāʾ al-Ḥaqq wa-al-Salṭanah wa-al-Dīn Amīr Zād Pīr Muḥammad Bahādur (fol. 2a, lines 3-4), who is probably Pīr Muhammad ibn ʻUmar ibn Tīmūr, the Timurid ruler of Fars from 1393-1409.

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