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), Aurelio Pérez Jiménez (Universidad de Málaga) and Joanna Komorowska (Uniwersytet Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego w Warszawie).

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




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Written on:
March 01, 2021
Le traité d'albumasar
comme toujours un ouvrage d'une facture remarquable qui fait honneur à votre maison d'édition. Je ne doute pas que le livre de commentaires sera à la hauteur de l'édition.
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February 10, 2021
Sorprendente
Otra vez Editorial Moleiro me ha sorprendido. Ya me tiene habituado a la riqueza y belleza del contenido de sus libros, pero en esta ocasión, la fastuosidad de la encuadernación casi supera a su contenido; digamos que están a la par. Resulta tan admirable por dentro como por fuera.
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February 04, 2021
popier
Livre magnifique ! J'attends avec impatience le commentaire en français...
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