Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

MS árabe 791 (Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms project)

Arabic Commentaries on the Hippocratic Aphorisms project collection


Summary of Contents: This manuscript contains commentary on the book of Aphorisms attributed to Hippocrates.

Original manuscript in El Escorial.

This is Ḥunayn ibn Ishaq's Translation of Galen's commentary on the Hippocratic Aphorisms. It lacks the whole of book 1 and the first few folios of book 2; it starts from a middle of comm. on lemma ii. 1. The beginning of each Book is as follows: Bk3: 28a; Bk4: 51a; Bk5: 85a; Bk6: 111a; Bk7: 138b.

The copy is unnamed.

Language(s): Arabic


Derenbourg-Renaud, 1941 ii, pp. 2-3.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: One initial flyleaf, 162 leaves, one final flyleaf (fols. i, 1a-162b, ii)
Dimensions (leaf): 250mm × 180mm mm.


One column with 19 lines


The text is written in maghribi.


The copy has been collated with the exemplar as well as with another manuscript. The copyist has entered many corrections in the margins (sometimes marked with صح), and has noted some variant readings from another manuscript (marked with اخ (i.e., نسخة أخرى "another manuscript"); e.g. f. 42a and 58a). In f. 38a, 38b, and 66a, the copyist has added the collation note (بلغ "finished [the collation]") in the margin. Throughout the copy, at least another three annotators noted in the margin: annotator A on fol. 11b, 51b, 116a; annotator B on fol. 14b, 54b (with ط "in a marginal note"), 94b, 101a, 114a, 115a; and annotator C on fol. 69a, 73a, 115b.


Origin: 1101 CE.; Produced in Ramaḍān 605 A.H.


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Funding of Cataloguing

European Research Council


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