MS Arabic 1 (Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Trust)
Manuscripts in Arabic
1 copy of al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb by Avicenna, 980-1037
The first, the second and the third books of Avicenna's Canon of Medicine.
Script: Beautiful Naskh
Ink: Black; headings and dividers highlighted in red
Original, Oriental type; slightly worn, blind tooling. On the spine is pasted a library tag with words: طبّ حطى عربى .
Fol. 529b: Iranian censorship seal.
The manuscript is written by two copyists. Fols 2 - 269 have been written initially; fols. 1 - 3, 32 - 33, 40 - 41, 144 - 153, 206 were replaced in course of restoration; fol. 3ab was written by the first scribe and pasted down on the paper used by the second scribe. Fols. 270 - 528 have been added later by the hand of the second scribe.
Fols. 4 - 52: on the folios written by the first scribe the foliotation and pagination are added on margins. Fol. 52 onwards: only foliotation used by the first scribe is added. In the bottom of each folio the second scribe has added his foliotation, indicating hundreds and tens. Thus number "479" appears: ٤٠٠٧٠٩, i.e. 400+70+9 (cf. fol. 480)
Fols 4a, 5a, 6b, 7a, 8a - 14b, 16b, 17a, 18ab, 21b, 22b, 29b, 35a, 44a, 46a, 49b, 50a, 58a, 60a, 68b, 69ab, 70a (large), 70b - 82b, 92b, 102b, 106a, 107b, 108b, 114a, 115a (a line crossed out), 121a, 138a, 177a, 183a, 195b, 196a, 199a, 200a - 201b, 205a, 208ab, 214a, 216a, 218a, 219a, 226a, 232a, 237a, 240b, 244a, 253b, 254b, 267a contain occasional indications on the contents, additions, corrections and "left-out" parts of words.
Fol. 128 is a mistake in the original foliotation. Fol. 172 has a mistake in foliotation used by the second scribe.
Fols 35 - 38, 49, 56 - 143, 154 - 184, 186 - 205, 207 - 269 are water-stained and have evidences of restoration.