By Anna Contadini

Arab portray is handled right here as an important inventive corpus in its personal correct. Rejecting the conventional emphasis on person work, the prestigious participants to this quantity tension the mixing of textual content and photograph as a extra effective theoretical framework.

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12 Farès 1953a, p. 10 and pl. XXI. Ettinghausen 1962, p. 86. Institut du Monde Arabe 1996, p. 156. In 1954, Régis Blachère suggested, somewhat indirectly, that the Paris Diryāq’s date was a later addition; Blachère 1954, p. 294. His suggestion, however, was based on his confusion of the original scribe (who wrote the text in alternating kufic and cursive scripts) with one of two later hands responsible for the cursive marginal glosses and renderings of plant names on the herbal pages. The problem was outlined and resolved by Bishr Farès 1957, pp.

The Kitāb al-diryāq’s colophon is dated 8 Jumādā al-ūlā 622/May 19, 1225. It has been reasonably suggested that the scribe was a physician and/or scholar. The volume was assigned a tentative provenance of Mesopotamia or Western Iran by Sotheby’s: Sotheby’s, London 2002, p. 30. It was sold as Lot 21 for £116,650. For further details of the manuscript, see Kerner 2004, pp. 17–27. 19 Kerner 2004, p. 13 and nn. 9–12. 22 St. 25 Little is known about the latest Kitāb al-diryāq manuscript. 26 A note at the end of the treatise states that the book is a copy of a manuscript containing the book of Shānāq on poisons and that of Galen on the theriac, dated 14 Rajab, 621 (the date given in the colophon of the Sotheby’s Kitāb al-sumūm).

Mention can and will be made of the western Islamic world or of Iran. Fragmentary examples will be discussed from an earlier time than 1200, or 1199 to use the date of the Paris Kitāb al-diryāq, as the starting date of the bulk of our information on Arab manuscript illustrations. There will be few references to later centuries, as there is an unwritten but on the whole justified scholarly agreement that the later illustrated manuscripts of the Maqāmāt in Manchester and Sanaa, sundry examples of scientific or medical illustrated books, the perennial ajā ib, and a few qi a al-anbiyā of later times are clearly derivative and qualitatively inferior to the works of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

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