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[Pharmacology handbook]

[Pharmacology handbook]
Two sections of a rather comprehensive Arabic-language pharmacopoeia, or handbook of medical material, possibly originally composed in the 11th or 12th century (Langermann), written in Hebrew characters. A few terms have been left in Arabic script (for example, f. 8v, 11v, 21r, 29r, 102v, 136v). The text lists and describes pharmacological simples and compounds of vegetable, animal, and mineral origin in alphabetical sequence according to the Arabic alphabet, setting out the properties of each and giving detailed instructions for their preparation and use in the treatment of various illnesses and disorders. The beginning and ending of the manuscript are missing, as well as a section in the middle; the extant sections contain entries from the beginning of rāʹ through the beginning of lām (f. 1r-124v) and from the middle of mīm through the middle of wāw (f. 125r-146v). Extensive marginal annotations and strikethroughs in the hands of the primary and subsequent scribes throughout; annotations added by later hands mainly derive from the pharmacological writings of sixteenth-century physician Dāʼūd ibn ʻUmar al-Anṭākī and seventeenth-century physician Ṣāliḥ ibn Nasr Allāh ibn Sallūm and include reference to the death of Ibn Sallūm, which was in 1670.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Elis & Ruth Douer Endowed Fund.; Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial Fund.
146 leaves : paper; 212 x 160 (135 x 90) mm.
(OCoLC)on1150212353; (OCoLC)1150212353; (PUVoyagerBIBID)9977225736903681
Sold at auction by Sotheby's (New York; catalog description assistance by Y. Tzvi Langermann, Bar-Ilan University), 20 December 2017, lot 174.; Marginal annotations signed by former owners including Moses ibn Habib (f. 15v, 107v), Samuel (f. 86v), and Raphael Isaac (f. 136v).; Formerly owned by Moses ben Isaac ha-Levi Kholeif (ownership stamp, f. 7r, 17r, 80r, 92r; marginal annotations, f. 80r-80v, 107v).
[Middle East], [between 1500 and 1699]
Materia medica -- Middle East -- Early works to 1800.; Pharmacopoeias -- Middle East -- Early works to 1800.; Medicine, Arab.; Medicine, Medieval.; Medicine -- Early works to 1800.; Codices.; Manuscripts, Renaissance.; Manuscripts, Judeo-Arabic; 16th century.; Manuscripts, Judeo-Arabic; 17th century.; Formularies.
Personal Name:
Kholeif, Moses ben Issac,
Call Number:
Ms. Codex 1947
Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial Fund.; Elis & Ruth Douer Endowed Fund.