The Albumazar Treatise, written in the middle of the fourteenth century, is one of the most enchanting illustrated manuscripts of the Middle Ages. The text is composed of extracts of the work of Albumazar, who was a mathematician, philosopher, and a well-known Arab astrologist. The translation of the text was made by the famous school of Toledo.
The treatise summarizes in a single, lavishly illustrated book the astral mythology of the great civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Persia, and India. Its impressive iconographic cycle includes the unique shapes of planets, the Greek zodiac signs, and also a series of astonishing images of constellations, created by different eastern cultures to set the position of the stars.
Astrology left its sign in almost every field of medieval knowledge. In the late Middle Age in Europe, astrology was taught in all of the biggest medical schools because the knowledge of the astral positions was essential for medical purposes.
Post-1600. Gold-tooled red leather; gilt edges.
We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Treatise on Astrology by Albumazar": Tratado de Albumasar (Liber astrologiae) facsimile edition, published by M. Moleiro Editor, 2020Request Info / Price