[Sefer ha-Ḳanon] ... [etc.] [manuscript].

Avicenna, 980-1037.
Standardized Title:
Qānūn fī al-ṭibb. Hebrew
[Italy, 14--]
131 leaves : paper ; 195 x 126 (126 x 95) mm. bound to 204 x 148 mm.
Medicine -- Early works to 1800.
Medicine, Arab.
Medicine, Medieval.
Toxicology -- Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Hebrew -- 15th century.
Manuscripts, Renaissance.
Books 1-3 and the beginning of Book 4 of Avicenna's 11th-century comprehensive medical work, translated into Hebrew from Arabic. At the end of the volume is Maimonides's 12th-century treatise on poisons, a much shorter work, which is also lacking the end of the text and was also translated from Hebrew to Arabic, by Mosheh Ibn Tibon. Marginal notes in Hebrew, with at least one in Italian (f. 44v).
1. f.1r-117v: [Sefer ha-Ḳanon (incomplete) / Avicenna]
2. f.118r-131v: [Maʼamar ha-nikhbad (incomplete) / Moses Maimonides]
Ms. codex.
Title supplied by cataloger.
Collation: Paper, iii (modern) + i (early) + 131 + ii (modern); 1¹²(-1) 2-8¹² 9¹⁴ 10¹² 11¹⁰; gatherings 1-9 signed with the first through ninth letters of the Hebrew alphabet, lower left corner last verso; [1-131], modern foliation in pencil, upper left recto. Catchwords on last verso of each gathering, lower left verso.
Layout: Written in 26-27 long lines.
Script: Written in Italian semi-cursive Hebrew script.
Decoration: Occasional manicules (f. 18r, 23r, 26r, 27v, 38r, 112v, 122v, 125v).
Binding: Modern calf
Origin: Written in Italy in the 15th century.
Local notes:
Lawrence J. Schoenberg & Barbara Brizdle Manuscript Initiative.
Penn Provenance:
Formerly owned by Solomon Hirschel, first Chief Rabbi of London.
Formerly held in the library of Jews' College (London; stamp, early flyleaf), no. 118 (inscription).
Formerly held in the library of the Bet din tsedeḳ London ṿeha-medinah (Ashkenazi rabbinical court, London), no. 139 (spine).
Sold at auction at Christie, Manson & Woods as part of the collection of the Bet din tsedeḳ London ṿeha-medinah, 23 Jun. 1999, lot 15, to Lawrence J. Schoenberg.
Gift of Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, 2015.
Cited in:
Described in Transformation of knowledge: early manuscripts from the collection of Lawrence J. Schoenberg (London: Paul Holberton, 2006), p. 82 (LJS 311).
Cited as:
UPenn LJS 311.
Hirschel, Solomon, 1761-1842, former owner.
Jews' College (London, England), former owner.
Bet din tsedeḳ London ṿeha-medinah (Great Britain), former owner.
Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Kitāb al-sumūm wa-al-mutaḥarriz min al-adwiyah al-qattālah. Hebrew.
Ibn Tibon, Mosheh, active 13th century, translator.
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