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From Aja'ib al-Makhluqat wa Ghara'ib al-Mawjudat
(The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existence)

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The Wonders of Creation and the Oddities of Existence was written by the celebrated geographer and natural historian, Zakariyya ibn Muhammad al-Qazwini (c1203 – 83). This is an illustrated work that describes mythical and living creatures, the planets and natural elements, plants and animals. This manuscript is possibly the earliest existing copy of the text and was almost certainly written in the author’s lifetime.

MS.647.75, Syria, 1275 – 1300 CE

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