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Auction archive: Lot number 222

AVICENNA [ABU 'ALI HUSAYN BIN ABDULLAH BIN SINA] (c.980-1037). Canon medicinae , in Hebrew, Books I-V: Ha-Kanon ha-Gadol . Translated by Joseph ben Joshua Lorki and Nathan ben Eliezer Hameati. Naples: Azriel ben Joseph Ashkenazi Gunzenhauser, 9 Novem...

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US$60,000 - US$80,000
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Auction archive: Lot number 222

AVICENNA [ABU 'ALI HUSAYN BIN ABDULLAH BIN SINA] (c.980-1037). Canon medicinae , in Hebrew, Books I-V: Ha-Kanon ha-Gadol . Translated by Joseph ben Joshua Lorki and Nathan ben Eliezer Hameati. Naples: Azriel ben Joseph Ashkenazi Gunzenhauser, 9 Novem...

Estimate
US$60,000 - US$80,000
Price realised:
n. a.
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AVICENNA [ABU 'ALI HUSAYN BIN ABDULLAH BIN SINA] (c.980-1037). Canon medicinae , in Hebrew, Books I-V: Ha-Kanon ha-Gadol . Translated by Joseph ben Joshua Lorki and Nathan ben Eliezer Hameati. Naples: Azriel ben Joseph Ashkenazi Gunzenhauser, 9 November 1491[-2?]. The Valmadonna copy of the first Hebrew edition of Avicenna’s Great Canon of Medicine, the earliest medical book printed in Hebrew — very rare at auction. The Gunzenhausers set up a Hebrew press in Naples in 1487, producing a wide range of Hebrew works in the 15th century. Avicenna's influential medical encyclopedia was one of their final works, as the Jewish community of Naples was dispersed following a terrible plague and the brutal invasion of the French king Charles VIII. The present work is the only Hebrew edition of the Canon. Avicenna, or Ibn Sina, was a Persian physician and philosopher who "had perhaps a wider influence in the eastern and western hemispheres than any other Islamic thinker" (PMM). This work presents a comprehensive account of Muslim medical knowledge of his time, fully integrated with the ancient teachings of Hippocrates, Galen and Aristotle. It contains many original contributions in the fields of anatomy, contagion, and pharmacy—describing 760 drugs and providing the most complete materia medica of its day. It was used as a standard text in both the Middle East and Europe into the 17th century. According to ABPC and RBH, it has only appeared twice before at auction. Not in the Bavarian State Library. Cowley p. 47; H 2212; GW 3113; BMC XIII 63; Bod-inc Heb-2; CIBN Heb-1; Klebs 132.1; ISTC ia01417300; Zedner p. 293; Goff Heb-4. Five parts in one volume, super-chancery folio (302 x 213mm). 477 leaves (of 480, first 3 leaves in facsimile, one leaf window-mounted and possibly supplied, without 5 [of 6] blanks, one bifolium duplicated). (First and last gatherings heavily soiled, paper repairs throughout, sometimes affecting text.) Modern calf with straps and catches; in slipcase. Provenance : early annotations in Hebrew and Latin in several hands – erased library stamps – The Valmadonna Library.

Auction archive: Lot number 222
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2017
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
Beschreibung:

AVICENNA [ABU 'ALI HUSAYN BIN ABDULLAH BIN SINA] (c.980-1037). Canon medicinae , in Hebrew, Books I-V: Ha-Kanon ha-Gadol . Translated by Joseph ben Joshua Lorki and Nathan ben Eliezer Hameati. Naples: Azriel ben Joseph Ashkenazi Gunzenhauser, 9 November 1491[-2?]. The Valmadonna copy of the first Hebrew edition of Avicenna’s Great Canon of Medicine, the earliest medical book printed in Hebrew — very rare at auction. The Gunzenhausers set up a Hebrew press in Naples in 1487, producing a wide range of Hebrew works in the 15th century. Avicenna's influential medical encyclopedia was one of their final works, as the Jewish community of Naples was dispersed following a terrible plague and the brutal invasion of the French king Charles VIII. The present work is the only Hebrew edition of the Canon. Avicenna, or Ibn Sina, was a Persian physician and philosopher who "had perhaps a wider influence in the eastern and western hemispheres than any other Islamic thinker" (PMM). This work presents a comprehensive account of Muslim medical knowledge of his time, fully integrated with the ancient teachings of Hippocrates, Galen and Aristotle. It contains many original contributions in the fields of anatomy, contagion, and pharmacy—describing 760 drugs and providing the most complete materia medica of its day. It was used as a standard text in both the Middle East and Europe into the 17th century. According to ABPC and RBH, it has only appeared twice before at auction. Not in the Bavarian State Library. Cowley p. 47; H 2212; GW 3113; BMC XIII 63; Bod-inc Heb-2; CIBN Heb-1; Klebs 132.1; ISTC ia01417300; Zedner p. 293; Goff Heb-4. Five parts in one volume, super-chancery folio (302 x 213mm). 477 leaves (of 480, first 3 leaves in facsimile, one leaf window-mounted and possibly supplied, without 5 [of 6] blanks, one bifolium duplicated). (First and last gatherings heavily soiled, paper repairs throughout, sometimes affecting text.) Modern calf with straps and catches; in slipcase. Provenance : early annotations in Hebrew and Latin in several hands – erased library stamps – The Valmadonna Library.

Auction archive: Lot number 222
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2017
Auction house:
Christie's
New York
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