Turkish pharmacopoeia

[Medical manuscript]. Tazkirah 'ata’ tabib Dari’sh-Shifa’.

Eastern provinces of the Ottoman Empire, early 18th century [ca. 1720].

8vo. Ottoman Turkish manuscript, with medical terminology mostly in Arabic. 50 pp. Black (and occasional red) ink on smoothed paper. 19th century marbled wrappers.


A traditional pharmacological essay or pharmacopoeia, as well as a description of several ailments and medical conditions (including earache, infection of the larynx, uvular edema, malaria, jaundice, and yellow fever), with their treatment indications. Interestingly, there is a specific reference to opium ("afyon" in Turkish). The anonymous scribe was very probably a physician or medical practitioner with an imperfect knowledge of Arabic, most likely a Turk. No colophon, but likely written in the early 18th century in an Arabic-speaking Eastern province of the Ottoman Empire.

Occasional stains and smudging; some corner and edge flaws throughout with chipping to wrappers.