London, British Library, Sloane 3983

Treatise on astrology by Albumazar Facsimile Edition

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The Albumazar Treatise, written in the middle of the 14th 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.

Binding description

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, 2020

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Tratado de Albumasar (Liber astrologiae)

Barcelona: M. Moleiro Editor, 2020

  • Commentary (Spanish)
  • Limited Edition: 987 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Treatise on astrology by Albumazar: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Binding

Red Morocco leather binding with gold tooling.

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