Book of Wonders

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Cancer or al-Saratan, one of the signs of the Zodiac depicted in the book

The Kitāb al-Bulhān (Arabic: كتاب البلهان), or Book of Wonders, is a 14th and 15th century Arabic manuscript,[1] compiled by Hassan Esfahani (Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani) probably bound during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad (1382–1410) in Baghdad. The contents include subjects on astronomy, astrology and geomancy, including a section of full-page illustrations, with plates dedicated to the discourse topic, e.g. a folktale, a sign of the zodiac, a prophet, etc.[2][3]


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  1. ^ "Kitab al-Bulhan". public domain review.
  2. ^ Carboni 2007, p. 295.
  3. ^ Al-Isfahani 1390.