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The 14th Century ‘Book of Wonders’ Featuring Pictures of Djinn, Devils and Other Mysteries

The Book of Wonders is a mysterious Arabic manuscript dating back to the late 14th century A.D. It is believed to have been bound together in Baghdad during the reign of Jalayirid Sultan Ahmad (1382-1410).




The manuscript is made up of astrological, astronomical and geomantic texts compiled by Abd al-Hasan Al-Isfahani, as well as a dedicated section of full-page illustrations, with each plate titled with “A discourse on….”, followed by the subject of the discourse (a folktale, a sign of the zodiac).

Below is a gallery of 21 pictures from the book, featuring djinn, devils, kings, alchemical ciphers and many other “wonders”!

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