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Abū al-Qāsim al-‘Irāqī, Kitāb al-aqālīm al-ab‘ah (Book of the Seven Climes)

18th century

The British Library

The British Library

Abū al-Qāsim al-‘Irāqī wrote books on alchemy and magic in the 1200s. His Book of the Seven Climes is the earliest study to focus solely on alchemical illustration. According to al-‘Irāqī, this image depicts a complex alchemical process. In reality, the illustration has no alchemical meaning. Unknown to al-‘Irāqī, it actually reproduces an ancient monument erected in memory of King Amenemhat II, who ruled Egypt nearly 4000 years ago. Shown here: ff. 51r–50v

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  • Title: Abū al-Qāsim al-‘Irāqī, Kitāb al-aqālīm al-ab‘ah (Book of the Seven Climes)
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Original Source: Add MS 25724
  • Rights: Public Domain. For more information visit: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

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