Ḥayāt al-ḥayawān, [1600] / li-Abī al-Baqāʼ Kamāl al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Mūsá al-Damīrī.

Creator:
Damīrī, Muḥammad ibn Mūsá, 1341?-1405
دميري، محمد بن موسى، 1341?-1405
Published/Created:
ca. 1600-1700
Physical Description:
1 volume ([415] leaves) ; 32 cm
Notes:
18 x 31.5 cm ; written surface: 10.5 x 23 cm, 26 lines per page
Black leather binding.
Colophon: "Wa-ṣallá Allāh ʻalá Sayyid al-Mrusalīn al-Nabī al-Muṣṭafá wa-raḍiya Allāh ʻan ālihi wa-ʻutratihi wa-ṣaḥbih ahl al-faḍl wa-al-wafā wa-ḥasbunā Allāh wa-kafá. Wa-kāna al-farāgh min musawwadatihi fī shahr Dhī al-Ḥijjah tashrīf sanat thalāth wa-sabʻīn wa-sabʻimiʼah wa-min hādhihi al-nuskhah al-mubārakah fī Shaʻbān sanat khams wa-thamānimiʼah. Jaʻala Allāh taʻālá dhālika khāliṣan li-wajhihi al-karīm mūjiban lil-fawz ladayh fī dār al-naʻīm wa-huwa ḥasbunā wa-niʻma al-wakīl. Qāla dhālika kātibuhu [i.e. kātibuhu] wa-muʼallifuhu faqīr raḥmat rabbihi Muḥammad ibn Mūsá ibn ʻĪsá ibn ʻAlī al-Damīrī waqāhu Allāh sharra nafsihi wa-jaʻala būmahu ḥasīran min massihi hawā al-fiṭnah bi-ḥurūfihi. Tammat kitāb Ḥayāt al-ḥayawān al-kubrá bi-ḥamd Allāh al-ʻaẓīmah [i.e. al-ʻaẓīm] rabb al-ākhirah wa-al-ūlá. Tammat."
In Arabic.
In good, rather fine naskhī script; in black ink, on yellowish paper, with headings, keywords and markings in red; catchwords.
Incipit: "al-Ḥamdu lillāh alladhī sharrafa nawʻ al-insān bi-al-aṣgharayn al-qalb wa-al-lisān wa-faḍḍalahu ʻalá sāyir al-ḥayawān bi-niʻmatay al-manṭiq wa-al-bayān wa-rajjaḥahu bi-al-ʻaql alladhī wazan bi-hi qaḍāyā al-qiyās fī aḥsan mīzān fa-aqām ʻalá waḥdānīyatihi al-burhān. Aḥmaduhu ḥamdan yamuddunā bi-mawādd al-iḥsān ..."
On leaf 1a a recent note in pencil: "Nuskhah manqūlah ʻan nuskhah kutibat fī sanat 805, wa-al-khaṭṭ min al-ḥādiyah ʻashar."
Some collations and corrections on the margins.
البداية: "الحمد لله الذي شرف نوع الإنسان بالأصغرين القلب واللسان وفضله على ساير الحيوان بنعمتي المنطق والبيان ورجحه بالعقل الذي وزن به قضايا القياس في أحسن ميزان فأقام على وحدانيته البرهان. أحمده حمدًا يمدّنا بموادّ الإحسان ..."
النهاية: "وصلى الله على سيد المرسلين النبي المصطفى ورضي الله عن آله وعترته وصحبه أهل الفضل والوفا وحسبنا الله وكفى. وكان الفراغ من مسودته في شهر ذي الحجة تشريف سنة ثلاث وسبعين وسبعماية ومن هذه النسخة المباركة في شعبان سنة خمس وثمانماية. جعل الله تعالى ذلك خالصًا لوجهه الكريم موجبًا للفوز لديه في دار النعيم وهو حسبنا ونعم الوكيل. قال ذلك كاتبه [أي كاتبه] ومؤلفه فقير رحمة ربه محمد بن موسى ابن عيسى ابن علي الدميري وقاه الله شر نفسه وجعل بومه حسيرًا من مسه هوا الفطنة بحروفه. تمت كتاب حياة الحيوان الكبرى بحمد الله العظيمة [أي العظيم] رب الآخرة والأولى. تمت."
على الورقة 1أ: "نسخة منقولة عن نسخة كتبت في سنة 805، والخط من الحادية عشر."
Abstract:
A zoological encyclopedia listing the names of the different animals, birds and insects arranged alphabetically, with anecdotes, poems and folkloric tales, but the most important part of this work is the description of the medicinal properties of the animals and their different organs. It is the most comprehensive zoological work in Arabic and a store-house of folk-lore and popular medicine. The author is Muḥammad ibn Mūsá al-Damīrī (1341?-1405), a Shafiite Egyptian scholar, from Cairo. He worked as a tailor, but then devoted himself to learning and scholarship and became a prominent scholar at al-Azʹhar. He also lived for a while in Mecca and Medina. al-Damīrī finished writing his book in the month of Rajab, 773 H (January/February, 1372). The book is in two versions: long and short. The present manuscript is the long version and according to a recent note on leaf 1a it was copied from a manuscript copied in 805 H (1402/1403). Name of copyist and place and date of copying not mentioned, probably from the 17th century.
Variant Titles:
Ḥayāt al-ḥayawān al-kubrá
حياة الحيوان الكبرى
حياة الحيوان، [1600] / لأبي البقاء كمال الدين محمد بن موسى الدميري.
Topics:
Animals in literature--Early works to 1800
Arabic manuscripts
Science, Medieval
Zoology--Pre-Linnean works
Topics:
Damīrī, Muḥammad ibn Mūsá,--1341?-1405
دميري، محمد بن موسى،--1341?-1405
Accession Number:
HAH17xx
Language:
Arabic
Format:
Text
Content Type:
Archives or Manuscripts
Rights:
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Call Number:
Manuscript Arabic S-2
QL41 .D3 1600
Orbis Record:
11419065
Yale Collection:
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Digital Collection:
Arabic and Persian Medical Books and Manuscripts
Funding Source:
Arcadia Fund
oid pointer:
11003558
Citation:
Muḥammad ibn Mūsá al-Damīrī, Ḥayāt al-ḥayawān al-kubrá. General Collection, Medical/Historical Library, Yale University.
OID:
11007961
PID:
digcoll:196004

Number of Pages: 862
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