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'Arabic mss'

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1538 S98
Held at: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
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Full title: 'Arabic mss'
Date(s): [17th century]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 item
Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:



Scope and content/abstract:

A number of manuscripts in Farsi bound into a single volume, including a calendar; a circular calendar or almanac; a reproduction of the zodiacal man showing the sites of injuries and disease and indicating the most favourable sites for application and treatment; a diagram of the seven planetary circles and a number of sonnets. There is an inscription in French on the inside cover indicating that the manuscript contains Islamic prayers for use in Mosques and a calendar of their usage.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Farsi. Inscriptions in French, Latin, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, German and Russian.

System of arrangement:

Single item

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids:

No additional finding aids.

Archival Information

Archival history:

At least one of these manuscripts was in the possession of Daniel Messerschmidt in 1720. Messerschmidt was a Prussian physician and naturalist from Danzig sent by the Russian czar Peter the Great on an expedition to Siberia from 1720-1728. During this expedition Messerschmidt excavated a mammoth carcass from the banks of the Indigirka River. His signature and several quotations in his hand in Hebrew, Latin, German and Ancient Greek, are on one page of the volume, these were written in Tobolsk, Siberia, 1720.

The volume was purchased [by Louis de la Croyere Delisle (d 1741), astronomer], the note of purchase can be found on the inside cover. In 1782 it was in the Library of l' Académie Royale des Sciences. Donated to the Library of the RCOG by Roy Dobbin.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred to the College Archives from the Library in April 2008.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jul 2008

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