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Shaykh Da'ud al-Antaki (Dawud al-Antaki, died 1599). First part of the medical treatise Tadhkirat Uli al-Albab. Morocco, dated 1789-90. Important medical manuscript on paper. 590 paginated pages (European numbering), 19 lines per page in framing fillets, text in several hands written in brown, green, red, blue and gold ink in Maghribi script, divided into four chapters. Frontispiece with illuminated sarlow and illuminated rosette on the first page. Colophon dated 1204 H/ 1789-90. Bound in red leather with flap and cover, decorated with an embossed mandorla and gilt fillets. Title inscribed on edge in black ink. Size: 22.5 cm X 19 cm. Wear, stains Provenance: Gros-Delettrez sale, Orientalism. Africanisme, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, December 14, 2004, lot 322. Sheikh Daoud al-Tabib, or Da'ud ibn 'Umar al-Darir al-Antaki (d. 1599) was born in Antioch around the middle of the 16th century. Of Christian origin and blind from birth, he traveled throughout Asia Minor, lived in Damascus and Cairo and died in Mecca in 1599. His work Tadhkira uli al-albab wa'l-Jami' li al-ajab al-ujab, which deals with all types of illness, is his most important work and follows in the footsteps of Ibn al-Baytar's medical corpus. A section of this corpus translated into English in 1659 is preserved at the Bodleian Library, Oxford (inv. no. MS.Hyde.37). A later copy dated 1838 is now in the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), Doha (inv. no. MS.12187). Brockelmann also cites copies in Pairs, Leyden and the Wellcome Collection in London. A copy was recently offered at auction in London at Sotheby's, October 23, 2019, lot 117. Another copy of this Dawud al-Antaki manuscript is preserved in the Moroccan Royal Library al-Hassania (M. Sijelmassi, Enluminures des manuscrits royaux au Maroc, ACR, 1987, no. 89, p. 21). LS

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