Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS Arabic 10 (Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Trust)

Manuscripts in Arabic


1 copy of Mūjiz al-qānūn fī ʻilm al-ṭibb by Ibn al-Nafīs, ʻAlī ibn Abī al-Ḥazm

Abridgement of al-Qānūn fī al-ṭibb القانون في الطب of Avicenna.

Incipit: (basmala) Fol. 2b.1 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Incipit: (tahmid) Fol. 2b.2 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Incipit: Fol. 2b.4 عباده خصوصا على محمد و^اله قال الشيخ رڻئس الحكماء ابو الحسن علاء الدين على ابن ابى الحزم القرشى المتطبّب رحمه الله The text is damaged. قد رتّبت هذا الكتابَ على اربعة فنونٍ الفن الاول في قواعد جزءى الطّبّ
Explicit: Fol. 205a.12 مات ڦكان تدبيرهم واحدا واستعملوا دواء جالينوس وغيره من العلاح المذكور والله اعلم بالصواب
Colophon: ڦد وڦع الڦراع مڻ كڻابة هذا الكڻاب فى ڻوم الاربعاء فى سبع شعر الصفر فى وقت الظهر على ڻدى العبد الضعيف عدڻم الاحسان وكثر العصيان حواجه قلى بن على قلى غفر الله له ولوالديه وصاحبه وقاريه امڻّ رڀ العلمڻن سنه ٩٨٨
Language(s): Arabic

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: Oriental paper; biscuit and grey colour.
Extent: 04+206+004 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 180 × 120 mm.
Dimensions (written): 120 × 069 mm.
Foliation: in Arabic; Catchwords are written underneath the text block.


Due to the binding and the poor condition, collation could not be established exactly.






Script: Naskh

Scribe: قلي بن علي قلي ( Qulī b. ʿAlī Qulī )

Ink: Black; headings and dividers are highlighted in red.

340 1:1 90 30


Brown leather, Oriental type with a centrepiece (115 x 180). Blind tooling. 183 × 122 mm.


Fol. 1a: Rectangular seal bearing the name Ḥakīm ʿAlī Ḥusayn.

Accompanying Material

Fols. 01a - 2a, 205b - 004b contain recipes and medical advice.
Fols. 2b - 205a on the margins contain many comments comments marked by the letter ṣād (ص) for صحيح or the numeral ١٢.
Fols. 2b - 205a contain interlinear translation into Persian of separate words and expressions.
Separately attached a page with numerical values of the abjad alphabet, a folio from an unidentified work in Persian, comprising magical letters, a note about the seven climates.
Fol. 119a contains the owner's note: اين كتاب مال حكيم علي حسين.
Fols. 5b, 6a contain diagrams; fols. 39a, 46b contain drawings. Fol. 13 has been pasted lately and contains a table. Fol. 64a contains divinations and fol. 004b contains a text written in a cryptic alphabet.
Evidence of restoration.

R. Walzer's handwritten note is attached with description of this MS.


Origin: 988 A.H.; 1580 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Known owners and readers: ar-Latn-x-lcḤakīm ʿAlī Ḥusayn (fol. 119a)


    Iskandar Catalogue p. 144 (Shelf-mark: WMS Or. 10a).