Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS Arabic 485 (Wellcome Collection, Wellcome Trust)

Manuscripts in Arabic


Fragment from an anonymous work on medicine

Title: Fragment from a work on medicine

Comprises advice on sexual intercourse as well as diseases of men and women. There are also some interesting anthropological remarks.

Incipit: (beginning) Fol. 1a.1 فانه غاية صفة معجون هرمس يصلب الاحليل ويزيد في المنى والشهوة فاذا اخذ منه درهمان بما البصل وصفرة بيض فانه يزيد الباه
Explicit: (ending) Fol. 10b.18 ويحقن الرحم بدهن الزنبق المذاف شيء من الخلوق او الغالية
Language(s): Arabic
Fol. 3a.16
Title: الباب الثاني في امراض النسا اعلم ان التالها امراض نسا منها امراض لها اشتراك برحال

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: European paper; Watermark: Obscure
Extent: 10 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 245 × 165 mm.
Dimensions (written): 180 × 120 mm.
Foliation: Catchwords are written underneath the text block.


1 (4) , 2 (6)



Script: Naskh

Ink: Brown

345 1:1 95 40

  • Fol. 1a : Notes in margins
  • Fol. 3a: Notes in margins
  • Fol. 8b: Notes in margins
  • Fol. 9b: Notes on margins
  • Between fols. 4-5 is evidence of a lacuna.



Origin: 18th century CE

Provenance and Acquisition

Known owners: Sāmī Ibrāhīm Ḥaddād (1986)

Sotheby's lot 525 (22/21.11.85)


    Ḥaddād/Biesterfeld no. 122 (Shelf-mark: 118 / / /n 25).