Kitâb al-Diryâq - Theriac of Paris

Aboca Edizioni presents a selection of plates from the Kitâb al-Diryâq, a splendid manuscript handwritten in 1199 by Muhammad ibn Abi al-Fath and conserved at the Biblioteca Nazionale, Paris.

The work is dedicated to theriac, an ancient medicinal compound initially used to treat snakebites and then used as a panacea.

The 72 elegant pages that make up the manuscript illustrate, via clever miniatures and golden spirals, the most common and widely used medicinal plants in the Arab world in the XII century.