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Principis Avic. libri canonis necnon de medicinis cordialibus & cantica ab Andrea Bellunensi ex antiquis Arabum originalibus ingenti labore summaque diligentia correcti atque in integrum restituti vna cum interpretatione nominum Arabicorum.
Venice, Lucantonio Giunta, June 1527.. Folio (240 x 336 mm). (4), 445 ff., 1 blank f., (12) ff. With 2 title pages printed in red and black with woodcut borders and printer's device. Contemp. limp vellum with ms. spine title.. Rare and early Venetian edition of what is perhaps the most important medical text of the Middle Ages: the greatest work of Ibn Sina, hailed as "the most famous medical text ever written" (Garrison/M. 43). Based on the translation of Gerard of Cremona, edited and revised by Andrea Alpago of Belluno, who also included an extensive glossary of Arabic terms (no edition in the original Arabic was printed until 1593). In the illustrated title page, portraits appear of the great classical and medieval Islamic figures of medicine and philosophy: Asclepius, Hippocrates, Galen, Avicenna, Rasis, Plato, Aristotle, Theophrastus and Averroes. - Ibn Sina's "Keta-b al-qanun fi'l-tebb" ("Canon of Medicine"), written in Arabic but widely translated throughout the Middle Ages and the basis of medical training in the West as late as the mid-17th century. Completed in 1025, the Qanun is divided into 5 books, devoted to the basic principles of medicine, the Materia Medica (listing about 800 drugs), pathology, diseases affecting the body as a whole and finally the formulary. - Ibn Sina (c. 980-1037), known in the Western tradition as Avicenna, was physician to the ruling caliphs. The influence of his Qanun can hardly be overestimated. Translated into Latin in the 12th century, it became a standard textbook of Galenic medicine, influencing many generations of physicians. "From the early fourteenth to the mid-sixteenth century Avicenna held a high place in Western European medical studies, ranking together with Hippocrates and Galen as an acknowledged authority" (Weisser). "[T]he final codification of all Greco-Arabic medicine. It dominated the medical schools of Europe and Asia for five centuries" (Garrison/M. 43). - Some edge defects and waterstaining; occasional insignificant worming. Binding professionally restored. In the present copy, the main title page and the glossary of Arabic terms have been bound at the end of the volume. - Edit 16, CNCE 3542. BM-STC Italian 335. Not in Adams.
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