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adammclean
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 Posted: Wed Feb 20th, 2008 12:50 pm
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I would be interested in gathering some information on, and sources for, those amazing alchemical illustrations that appear in a few arabic and Persian manuscripts usually from the 17th and 18th centuries. Are there any modern books with good quality images?

Here are examples of two illustrations from a 17th century arabic manuscript. Somewhere I have some images of Persian manuscript illuminatiion, which I will post later.

 

 

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 Posted: Thu Feb 28th, 2008 06:01 pm
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Looking at this illustration called to mind this interesting lecture:

http://muslimheritage.com/topics/default.cfm?ArticleID=712

discussing the use of hieroglyphs in Arabic manuscripts.

 

 

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 Posted: Thu Feb 28th, 2008 06:16 pm
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You might find some useful suggestions in the booklists here:

http://archnet.org/courses/artofbook.html

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 Posted: Wed Mar 5th, 2008 09:51 am
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I just found, in a German book on the history of chemistry, two images apparently from a 14th century arabic manuscript in the University library in Pavia, Italy. These two illustrated folios seems to show people making a herbal preparation from the flowers of myrrh. Although not alchemical as such, the graphic style of this image may have influenced the later manuscripts I have seen with more alchemical imagery.

 

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 Posted: Wed Mar 5th, 2008 09:54 am
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The second image with the myrrh flowers.

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 Posted: Wed Mar 5th, 2008 10:10 am
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Myrrh is traditionally used in the Middle East by diabetics - it is believed to improve glucose tolerance.

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 Posted: Sat May 31st, 2008 01:53 pm
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There is a good collection of images at:

http://del.icio.us/BibliOdyssey/alchemy

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