Kitâb al-Diryâq - The plates
The 15 plates in this folder are part of the Kitâb al-Diryâq, a magnificent Arab manuscript that describes the theriac, a medicinal compound that, originally used as a specific cure for bites of poisonous snakes and wild animals (= thèrion), was later widely used as a panacea. These extraordinary, illuminated and gilded illustrations transform each print into a valuable work of art redolent of the fascination of the Oriental world.
Certain to be of interest to scholars of medical and botanical history, the prints depict mostly medicinal plants used in the Arab world, following the prescriptions of the most important physicians from Ancient Greece such as Galen and Andromachus.
The images are taken from the precious Kitâb al-Diryâq manuscript created in 1199 by Muhammad ibn Abi al-Fath and conserved in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.
The file comes with an in-depth critical essay with comments from some of the most important Arab scholars: Oleg Grabar, Francoise Micheau, Jaclynne Kerner, Anna Caiozzo and Marie Genèvieve Guesdon.
This collection is part of an ambitious project by Aboca Museum Edizioni that aims to contribute to the historic awareness and promotion of the international culture of medicinal plants.
TECHNICAL DESCRIPTION FACSIMILE PROFESSIONAL USE
The folder contains a critical essay that explains the significance of the plates
Is written in 3 languages: Italian-German-Spanish or French-English-Arabic.
Dimensions of the plates: 28.5 x 37 cm
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