Since ancient times, the scientists were also compilers. The sum of their knowledge was recorded in large encyclopedic volumes in which the author inserted his own discoveries.
Abul-Hasan al-Tabari was a physician who specialized in diseases of skin and eyes in western Persia at the time of the Buyid dynasty about 1050 years ago. He should not be confused with the famous scholar al-Tabari who had also some interest in medicine.
On April 22 in London, Sotheby's sells a manuscript of the last two chapters, IX and X, of the medical book by Abul-Hasan al-Tabari, lot 68 estimated £ 220K. This important fragment contains about 250 leaves 19 x 16 cm with 18 lines per page in a beautiful Arabic angular script.
The book closely follows the teaching of Hippocrates whose name is mentioned in the title. The chapters of the manuscript for sale are devoted to stomach and liver, with their normal and abnormal behaviors and the treatments.
The formula 'rahmat Allah alayhi' after al-Tabari's name indicates that he was deceased, probably shortly before. This ancient manuscript written about 1000 years ago is contemporary of the early career of Ibn Sina (Avicenna) who will be the most outstanding Persian philosopher-doctor of the Middle Ages.