Book of Wonders

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

The Kitab al-Bulhan كتاب البلهان, or Book of Wonders, is a 14th and 15th century Arabic manuscript compiled by 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.[1][2]


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  1. ^ Carboni 2007, p. 295.
  2. ^ Isfahani (al-), Kitab al-Bulhan 1390.


  • Carboni, Stefano (2007), Venice and the Islamic world, Yale University Press, ISBN 9780300124309