Albumazar Treatise (Liber astrologiae)

The British Library, London




The Albumazar Treatise is one of the most fascinating picture books of the Middle Ages. The intellectual voyage unfolding upon its pages evokes the migration of the myths of Antiquity through Arab civilization into Western, medieval illuminations. The text consists of fragments of the writings of the greatest Arab astrologer of all times, Albumazar, translated by the legendary Toledo school of translators.

This treatise is significant because it condenses the astral mythology of the great civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Persia and India into a single lavishly illustrated book for the very first time. Its breathtaking iconographic cycle features not only unusual forms of the planets and the signs of the zodiac of Greek origin, but also a series of rather disconcerting images of constellations devised by different oriental cultures to pinpoint the position of the stars.

Astrology had a lasting effect on almost all fields of medieval knowledge. In the late Middle Ages, astrology was taught in Europe’s great schools of medicine which regarded a knowledge of celestial positions as essential for medical prognosis.

First, unique and unrepeatable edition limited to 987 copies numbered and certified by notary public.
Albumazar Treatise (Liber astrologiae), Sloane Ms. 3983, mid 14th c. Manuscript, treatise on astrology

The Albumazar Treatise is one of the most fascinating picture books of the Middle Ages. The intellectual voyage unfolding upon its pages evokes the migration of the myths of Antiquity through Arab civilization into Western, medieval illuminations. The text consists of fragments of the writings of the greatest Arab astrologer of all times, Albumazar, translated by the legendary Toledo school of translators.

This treatise is significant because it condenses the astral mythology of the great civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Persia and India into a single lavishly illustrated book for the very first time. Its breathtaking iconographic cycle features not only unusual forms of the planets and the signs of the zodiac of Greek origin, but also a series of rather disconcerting images of constellations devised by different oriental cultures to pinpoint the position of the stars.

Astrology had a lasting effect on almost all fields of medieval knowledge. In the late Middle Ages, astrology was taught in Europe’s great schools of medicine which regarded a knowledge of celestial positions as essential for medical prognosis.

First, unique and unrepeatable edition limited to 987 copies numbered and certified by notary public.



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Albumazar Treatise (Liber astrologiae) The British Library, London


Illuminated codex, treatise on astrology that condenses the astral mythology of the great civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Persia and India into a single lavishly illustrated book.

✵ Shelf mark: Sloane Ms. 3983
✵ Date: Mid 14th century
✵ Size: ± 270 x 186 mm
✵ Pages: 102 pages, 72 full-page miniatures
✵ Binding: Gold-tooled, red leather
✵ Case: Leather case

✵ Commentary volume: full-colour commentary volume by Manuel Toharia (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia), Charles Burnett (The Warburg Institute), Peter Kidd (Freelance Researcher and former curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library), Wolfgang Hübner (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) and Aurelio Pérez Jiménez (Universidad de Málaga).

First, unique and unrepeatable edition limited to 987 copies numbered and certified by notary public.


Customer reviews
Albumazar Treatise (Liber astrologiae)
The British Library, London




“Amigo Hector: Dia 3 de Fevereiro de 2021. Para mim passou a ser o dia em que recebi a Astronomia Latina de Albumazar. É uma obra que faz jus ao vosso lema A Arte da Perfeição. Vinha tudo em muito boas condições; até a embalagem denotava cuidados inexcedíveis. Se ter a admiração de clientes vos dá alguma alegria, rejubilai porque eu, com 91 anos de existência e sempre com a paixão dos livros, nunca vi nada melhor. Só vos desejo que prossigam na senda traçada.”

Casimiro S. – Portugal



“Me siento afortunado de sentir grandes obras sobre cultura y ciencia, no sólo la de Albumasar, tal y como las presenta su editor, M. Moleiro. Es el disfrute de un entusiasmo e ilusión en un trabajo que, además, nos hace accesible de forma física el estímulo de sentirse vivo. Muy agradecido y los mejores deseos.”

F. L. – Spain



“El facsímil del códice Liber Astrologiae o Tratado de Albumasar es una edición muy cuidada, en la línea habitual de M. Moleiro. Gracias por su buen hacer.”

Joan G. – Spain



“Thank you. I am very satisfied with the reproduction of the 'Treatise'. Your edition of the 'Treatise' is a pleasure to hold and to peruse. Every detail of the original seems to be present, and the images themselves are fascinating and often mysterious to a modern eye. I have been aware of M. Moleiro editions for, I suppose, longer than ten years and have frequently been tempted by your beautiful volumes. Some years ago I attended an exhibition you arranged at the Cervantes Institute in London; and subsequently met with one of your representatives. I always thought I would acquire at least one of your works: it was a question of choice, occasion, and of course cost. But finally the three elements combined under a happy star. The actual process of purchase was made very easy by you and the delivery of the volume was effectively executed. I also very much appreciate the attention you have always shown to potential customers who exhibit genuine interest: sending for example finely illustrated brochures concerning your volumes/ It was one of these which attracted me to the Albumazar Treatise. I also enjoy the greetings card selection and function on your website, and routinely use it at Christmas to send greetings to some of my friends.”

S. B. – United Kingdom




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May 12, 2021
magnifique
Je suis enchantée de mon achat ! La présentation, la reliure, le contenu sont vraiment une oeuvre d'art. J'attends avec impatience le volume de commentaire pour mieux apprécier le contenu. Je ne peux que recommander vos éditions.
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May 10, 2021
Traité d'Albumasar
Très beau volume, j'ai apprécié la présentation, les texte et les images. J'ai toujours été très satisfait par tous les ouvrages achetés aux éditions MOLEIRO, belles reliures, beau papier, travail remarquable. Bravo.
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April 03, 2021
Un ouvrage médiéval énigmatique
Le Traité d'Albumasar est le 27ème "quasi-original" des éditions Moleiro que j'ai la joie d'avoir pu acquérir. Comme pour les précédents ouvrages, le plaisir et l'enchantement sont au rendez-vous en raison de la très haute qualité des facsimilés des éditions Moleiro. Concernant ce Traité d'Albumasar je suis séduit par la qualité picturale des dessins et par leurs couleurs. Parmi les signes du zodiaque, le lion est particulièrement bien réussi. En dehors des signes du zodiaque et des personnages représentant les astres, je suis très intrigué par les pages de dessins énigmatiques qui nous plongent au coeur du moyen-âge. Il me tarde de recevoir le livre de commentaires afin de pouvoir percer le mystère de ces dessins. Cet ouvrage présente pour moi un grand intérêt, à la fois historique et pictural. Je profite de l'occasion qui m'est donnée pour remercier à nouveau Monsieur Moleiro et l'ensemble de ses équipes pour la très grande qualité de leur travail.
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